Conforto to make pro debut

Conforto OSUMets first round pick Michael Conforto will make his professional debut Saturday at home for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ Class-A short-season team. Game time is 6 p.m. in Brooklyn. Conforto is slated to DH for the Cyclones against Williamsport.

Conforto was the 10th pick in June’s draft by the Mets after an All-American career at Oregon State.  Conforto was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award for college Player of the Year and was the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year. Conforto hit .345 with a .508 on base percentage, seven home runs and 56 RBIs in 59 games for Oregon State. He is a 6-foot-2, 217-pound left-hitting, right-throwing outfielder.


Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11 with the deal reportedly $2.97 million. He’s considered the most advanced and ready bat out of the college ranks this season. He is a left-handed corner outfielder who projects as a power hitter. MLB.Com likes Conforto’s bat:

“While there is some swing-and-miss to his game, he’s shown the ability to work counts, square up the baseball and could have above-average power at the next level. He might be limited to left field given his defensive profile, but he should have the bat to carry him to the highest level.”

Here is a profile on Conforto.


 


 




66 comments
John  c T
John c T

Hes not terrible butdo we need another 200 strikeout type person with low OBS


John  c T
John c T

Why all this Talk of Trumbo , omg the guy is terrible. As if SOUP isnt a better option.

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

The only position and player we should look to trade for is SS and Tulo

Not worth dealing for anyone else who available

John  c T
John c T

Pry Goldschmidt away from Arizona Please ! , Duda , Meija , Wheeler , Gee , and a couple mid level prospects,  How could they refuse that ,

Probably very easily.

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

In other news Valdespin just got called up by Marlins

Really liked him. Hopefully got his act together and can stick in the majors

zoddie
zoddie

Woo!  I read this morning that he was going to start today.  I was stressing out that he wasn't going to suit up soon because I have Cyclones tickets tomorrow.  Really excited to see this kid at the plate on Sunday (he'd better be playing!).

Nick Congello
Nick Congello

I might be one of the only mets fans that doesn't want sandy to trade the farm and take on a lot of salary. I think they should be trading for young controllable talent. I mentioned a trade for Kole Calhoun for Bartolo , Montero , and maybe one more decent prospect. The Angels have enough offense to sacrifice Kole for rotation upgrades. We're finally seeing Sandy's plan come to fruition, have some patience and this team can be a perennial contender. Why trade away young talent when this team isn't winning the World Series this year anyways, next year is a different story, I can definitely see them being a top 5 team in the league with a couple of offseason signings. Sign Cruz for a big contract and a couple of solid role players.

jenkins
jenkins

Mets have to really be aware of how left-handed heavy this lineup could be. They need RH power bats right now.


Teams will be throwing leftys at them all year if they keep Murphy with Granderson, Duda. Then add Conforto and Nimmo in the near future.

tullydew
tullydew

Sounds like Lucas Duda 2.0

Ant Hanni
Ant Hanni

Dumbest thing I've ever heard

thwacker
thwacker

@Frank Monastra Cant believe Colin Cowgill has played a lot for the Angels, hitting .280. and Justin Turner hitting .300! for Dodgers tho he was on the DL for a while..

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

@Frank Monastra He was a fun character to follow but I never believed he was a major factor for the Mets one way or the other. Appreciated the walk-off against Philly. Good luck to him. 

zoddie
zoddie

@Frank Monastra  Maybe he profiles as a supersub, able to play all over the diamond.  His numbers in AAA are decent but not spectacular.

tullydew
tullydew

We already know he will. He's not officially a Met until one DL stint.

jenkins
jenkins

@Nick Congello When you're as rich in young pitching as the Mets-you trade the B-plus pitchers and keep the A pitchers. Harvey, Wheeler and deGrom have already proven they can excel at the ML level. They are untouchables. Thor will come up this year and at least flash dominance. As a prospect he's on Harvey's level-so he's untouchable. And if you listen to Viola and Warthen, Matz is a future star-so he is untouchable.


That leaves Colon, Gee, Niese, Hefner, Montero, Ynoa, Fulmer and every other pitcher in the entire system as trade bait. That's a ton of talent.


Anybody think the Braves gave a thought to dealing Maddox, Glavine and Smoltz? O course not-they knew how to build a team which is why they won the division every year.  The Mets have 5 of those. That's a whole starting staff of guys that can throw  a no-hitter every day of the year.  That would be the best set of starters I've ever seen, and I've been watching ML baseball since 1961.


You don't need Tulo and you don't need Stanton to win. You need a decent offense, great starters, good defense and a good bullpen. You get a Trumbo and a veteran FA SS over the winter and you are in contention immediately and for at least 6-7 years.

Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin

@Nick Congello Until the Mets can honestly say we are one or two players away from seriously being thought of as a good team, they should continue a youth movement. They have enough veterans in Wright, Murphy, Granderson, Colon, Niese, etc.  That is not their problem. And unless they can honestly say they have 8 relatively healthy legit starters to go into 2015 with, they should not be trading starting pitching. That time will come but it's not yet. You build off your starting rotation because you only need 5 guys. To be an offensive team you need 8 in the NL, 9 if you want to win a world series. If they had a team salary of over $125M, trades might make sense. Because the team salary is closer to $80M, there's more than sufficient room to add two solid bats to this lineup in the off season and with Harvey's return that would be a legit contender and off season ticket sales would spike big time.The goal now should simply be to get to .500, cut the dead weight salary-wise (Colon and C-Young) and continue to stroke the farm system to enough depth to be a perennial contender, not a flash in the pan. See whether D'Arnaud and Duda and Lagares are part of the 2015 puzzle or not. And get Syndergaard into the rotation fast enough to get a sense of whether he's part of the 2015 rotation or not. Continue to make the bullpen younger and controllable financially so you don't have to even worry about that in the off season. Same for the bench. 

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@Nick Congello because at some point, prospects lose value and the mets eventually have to consider cashing in those chips for some legit talent.

zoddie
zoddie

@jenkins  I think it may be a problem in late innings, but there seem to be so FEW LH starters these days.  Just think of how many starts Eric Campbell gets at 1st base instead of Duda.  They're in a straight platoon and Duda almost never sits.


That being said, Wright, TdA, and Lagares are righties.  If Murphy is traded, both Dilson Herrera and Wilmer Flores are righties (as is Tejada).

hankypanky
hankypanky

Doubtful we'll ever see another slugger whose HR broke the centerfield clock in St Louis. Those were the days!

Ant Hanni
Ant Hanni

Reyes and Wright once were superstars. They are still stars, and big names in today's game. But not the superstars on the cover of sports illustrated that they were in mid 2000s

zoddie
zoddie

@Wayno  David "Captain America" Wright says hi.  He's a superstar.  31 years old, 7 all-star games, HOF trajectory.  Will he end up as a top 10 guy at his position like Jeter did?  Probably not, but most guys don't have Jeter's kind of longevity.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Strawberry and Gooden would have been our home-grown superstars, so yes, we had the history. Unfortunately for everyone they made the wrong choices.

fatherflot
fatherflot

@Ant Hanni Our starting 1st baseman, our closer, our best starter, and a potential number one starter plus prospects for one guy?  Thank god you are not the GM.

jenkins
jenkins

@Jay Cross @Frank Monastra that's how I saw him too. Funny if he's on your team. If he were here, it would be funny to see him celebrate saves with Mejia.

Ant Hanni
Ant Hanni

Trumbo is a bum. That sentence ruined the whole comment

zoddie
zoddie

@jenkins @Nick Congello


1. Trumbo doesn't help this team at all

2. The hard part is figuring out who your Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz are and who is Steve Avery, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood.

Nick Congello
Nick Congello

Were all on the same page here. Sandy better not trade deGrom, Wheeler, Matz, Gee, or Thor. They should however trade Colon, Niese, Montero in the off season. I actually do believe the mets are only a couple of pieces away but they shouldn't sacrifice a very promising future for a big bat with a bit contract.

Ant Hanni
Ant Hanni

If duda darnough and lagares aren't in the plans this team is in trouble.

zoddie
zoddie

@Paul Rubin @Nick Congello  Makes sense, except for the 3 players you mentioned as questionable as being part of the 2015 puzzle or not.


All three clearly are.  Lagares leads the team in WAR, despite missing time.  His D is still spectacular and he hits enough.


Duda has been our best hitter this year.

TdA has been as advertised since his promotion.  Excellent defense and a .318/.357/ .530 batting line.  If he keeps that up (which he almost definitely won't), an .887 OPS at catcher gets you into the HOF.  (yes, it has been 17 games)

Nick Congello
Nick Congello

Yea but what I'm saying is don't trade for 30 year old players trade for 25-26 year old players that have proven they can do perform at the major league level.

David Lopez
David Lopez

Respectfully disagree. Wright isn't a superstar and never was. Nice complimentary player, but nothing more.

tullydew
tullydew

Not according to the Wilpons.

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@hankypanky They are our homegrown superstars. What they've done and given will never be forgotten. So we did have superstars.

zoddie
zoddie

@jenkins @tullydew Better athlete overall, too.  He's an actual outfielder, not a first baseman forced to stand in the outfield.

lagaresfamiliafan
lagaresfamiliafan

@Nick Congello Trade wheeler i don't care. He has number 1 or number 2  rotation stuff, but his attitude and work ethic is not good at all

zoddie
zoddie

@David Lopez  He and Jeter have almost the EXACT same numbers up till age 30 (Wright's last full season).  They are so close it is eerie.  Jeter had a less power, got on base a tiny bit more, played in an easier ballpark, and played a more valuable position (relatively poorly).


Again, Jeter aged amazingly well.  Hopefully Wright will be more Jeter and less Nomar.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Oh yea. Go look at his career stats and pay attention to the years when Reyes, Beltran and Delgado were in the lineup. Those are super star numbers to me. Guy hasn't had protection in the lineup since then.

zoddie
zoddie

@tullydew  The Wilpons gave him the biggest contact in Mets history.  I'd say they are believers.