What a career it has been for New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto.
After posting a slash line of .345/.504/.547 with 7 home runs and 56 RBIs in 59 games for Oregon State in 2014, this prompted the Mets to select Conforto with the 10th pick in the 2014 Amateur Draft. After being assigned to Single-A Brooklyn, he finished 2014 with a slash line of .331/.403/.448 with 3 home runs and 19 RBIs in 42 games. After starting the 2015 season with Single-A St. Lucie, he managed to hit well there and received a promotion to Double-A Binghamton after just under two months in Single-A. Then after the injury to Michael Cuddyer, the Mets decided to call up Conforto and skip Triple-A, and what an impact he made.
In 56 games, Conforto slashed .270/.335./.506 with 9 home runs and 26 RBIs. He was always regarded as a hitting prospect, but he also played a decent left field during the 2015 season and in the playoffs. He hit .333 with an OPS of 1.046 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in the World Series
Expectations are higher than ever for Conforto, after a solid rookie campaign in 2015. For Mets fan’s sake, he needs to keep having fun and play his game.He also needs to not concentrate on the media aspect of the Big Apple. If he does these things, there’s no reason why Conforto should have a “Sophomore Slump” in 2016.
The Mets will need a big year from the 22-year-old, even with the resigning of Yoenis Cespedes. If Conforto can mirror his production in 2015, a lineup with Cespedes, David Wright, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson makes for a very scary offense. If the Amazins want to make it back to the Fall Classic, they cannot afford a backtrack in Conforto’s development.