Let's meet Mets rookie stud Michael Conforto.
Conforto was called up about a week ago, was sent down for a day to make room for Yoenis Cespedes, and then recalled when Kirk Niewenhuis went on the DL. In all likelihood, he'll go back to Triple-A when Michael Cuddyer (ugh) comes back from his DL stint later this week, but for now, we get a glimpse of what Conforto is capable of.
The verdict? This guy is going to be really, really good.
Earlier this year, Keith Law rated Conforto as the best prospect in the Mets organization. There was lots of debate as to whether or not Mets fans would see him play in the majors this year - is he ready? - but when Cuddyer went down two weeks ago and the team was struggling, a change needed to be made. Up came Conforto, straight from Double-A ball.
Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. You're in, kid.
But first, let's rewind.
Conforto played two really successful seasons at Oregon State before being drafted in the 1st round - 10th overall - by the Mets in 2014. He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones for a while, then for the St. Lucie Mets in High-A in the 2014 season.
By early this year, Conforto was tearing it up in Double-A Binghamton. He was one of the standouts of the All Star Futures game, a really great showcase for what he could do. He was hitting too well in his short time in Double-A for the Mets to ignore.
Skills and ability
In his young 7 game career, Conforto is 6-23 with 1 home run (last night's three run bomb) and 6 RBIs. He's drawn 4 walks, and that's a key part of Conforto's game.
He's known to have an outstanding eye and projects to draw lots of walks in his career. He's got some real power, but that's not his calling card - most experts expect him to top out at around 20-25 homers per year in his prime. Nothing wrong with that!
He's got a really, really strong throwing arm from his favored left field position and he showed it off in the Futures game with a great outfield assist. He will be an asset in the outfield for years.
His speed is another strength. While there have currently been no discussions of batting him lead off, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Mets try it out over the winter and spring training. For now, in his early days as a major leaguer, I'm sure the Mets are protecting him a little bit. Batting him leadoff would expose him quite a bit, and he's too young a hitter for that. But with his high projected on-base percentage and low strikeout rate, he would be a really strong player to have in the leadoff spot.
We've been hearing his name for two years now since we drafted him, and the future has arrived. He may not really factor into the plans for the rest of this season, but look for him to make an immediate impact come the beginning of the 2016 season.