Conforto is ‘hunting fastballs,’ in the right organization

Mets 2014 first-round pick OF Michael Conforto has started his professional career batting .355 with a .438 OBP, two HR and 10 RBI in 73 plate appearances with the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones.

He has a hit in 15 of 17 games played this season.

“I’m very comfortable,” Conforto told Jim Mancari (MMO, Aug. 5). “My hitting approach is fairly simple: I’m hunting for fastballs. Something straight is the easiest ball to hit, and I’ve been getting a lot of those lately, and that’s why the results have been showing up.”



Conforto was ranked the No. 86 prospect in baseball on MLB.com’s mid-season Top 100 (MLB.com, July 2014).

Prior to Conforto playing a game, ESPN’s Keith Law said he was Sandy Alderson’s second-best prospect, behind RHP Noah Syndergaard (ESPN Insider, June 2014).

“Conforto was the most advanced college bat in the draft class this year,” Law said. “He’s very close to major league ready and should be at least an above-average regular with a higher ceiling if the power exceeds expectations. The Mets should fast-track him if his performance warrants it.”


Watch: SNY.TV’s Player Profile on Conforto following the 2014 Draft




131 comments
Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

All major leaguers can hit fastballs.....he better learn how to hit breaking stuff, or else he'll be a career minor leaguer

narpath
narpath

Let's hope he learns to hunt more than fastballs, because if that's his approach, in the big leagues he won't see any. They'll throw him curves and sliders and sinkers, and he'll watch them sail past for strikes. So let's hope he learns to hunt hanging curves, sinkers that don't sink enough, and sliders that catch too much plate.

hashburry
hashburry

Let him finish up this season at a level where he can continue to get acclimated to wood bats and keep his confidence high.

BTW, what exactly does "in the right organization" purport to suggest?  Strange.

semperfi
semperfi

Conforto needs to be moved through the system quickly, he is 21 and most advanced at college level, no reason to hold him back, as fast as he can go based on his continued production, the Mets have scored 3 or less runs in 44 of there losses scoring 1 or less in 20 of there losses, to many holes along with Wright contributing very little, need upgrades in OF and SS ASAP, SS could be solved if they gave Flores a legit shot but at best only potential platoon guys in OF until Conforto is ready, if we can't wait on Conforto, package him with some pitching for the best MLB ready OF prospect you can get ie; Dodgers 5 tool AAA OF guy or top MLB OF like Stanton, would give up Nimmo, Conforto and pitching for him

Mexpert
Mexpert

Great he announces his approach just like insecure Sandy and Terry who when asked why we stink they answer "It is our game plan"

bklynlou
bklynlou

That should be Wilpon s an ideacompany





bklynlou
bklynlou

Listen all I want is  a winning franchise  I have been a mets fan for a long  long time don't like what  they are doing with this franchise we are new york an we want to be proud of our team THE METS an not a laughing stock as they make us out to be SORRY FOLKS just my feelings thank you msg Wilson an company

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Conforto would be better off not letting the world know he is hunting fastballs. The opposing pitchers will not likely throw you any. I hope you can hit the other stuff like the curve, slider and breaking ball because you are going to get plenty of them.  . . Good luck and I hope we get to see you soon in the MLB.

bklynlou
bklynlou

No matter what players the mets pick in a draft somebody  always going to bi__h we could have gotten  Mays  mantle trout Stanton in the draft you r still going to b---ch you know who you are so-called mets fans 

mets2891
mets2891

Hopefully he's the real deal so eventually the Mets can offer him zero dollars and let him walk away as a free agent.

Bob Primosch
Bob Primosch

I truly hope this kid is the real deal.  The inability of the farm system to produce quality everyday players has crippled this franchise for the past 25 years.

eric88
eric88

Why is Conforto in Low A ball when scouts say he could be in the ML later in the 2015 season?

jenkins
jenkins

A new name for some Met fans to fantasize about trading for Stanton or Tulo. That is not happening, people.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

Several MLB Scouts have claimed that Conforto was the best hitter in the draft and just happened to be a LF where the Mets need a player.  The Mets picked 10th and several top pitchers were gone. Conforto is already college seasoned having played in a very competitive schedule that is comparable to AA ball. You really can't fault this pick. We need hitting and needed LF.Instead of just constant criticism why not offer your alternative and justify why?

Boozer32
Boozer32

But, but how can be the 2nd best with DePodesta hyping the two turds he drafted name Nimmo and Checchni. I say bring him up now, can't be any worst than Chris Young and E.Y.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Jay-son Ty-ner   Jay-son   Ty-ner    clap clap     clap clap clap

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

With Alderson its all about BSing everyone, super 2 and sabermetrics whatever all that crap is.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@hashburry This gets overblown. These kids hit all winter with wood bats. They play in college leagues all summer using wood bats. They use wood more than metal. Only time they use metal is in school ball. 

Besides the fact that the metal bats now (BBCOR) aren't nearly as different to wood as the old BESR metal bats of just a few years ago. 


zoddie
zoddie

His style of hitting fits with the Mets organizational philosophy. He isn't being told to be more aggressive or See Ball, Hit Ball. He is a patient, selective hitter. Just what Sandy likes.

hankypanky
hankypanky

I assume by giving up pitching you mean deGrom and Wheeler. Anything less is a joke.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Can't trade Conforto until next June and no team names PTBNL that far in advance.

zoddie
zoddie

All I want is punctuation, but we can't always get what we want.

I, for one, very much like where this franchise is headed.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

Look for the Mets can get a LF for two years while waiting for Conforto. They will not be paying huge contract and 5 years for a LF. I would love to see Byrd come back for 2 years. Phils would give us draft pick Byrd for Montero. 

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@bklynlou who is bitching about who we could have gotten?  


A history lesson - no way the Mets where ever going to draft Mays or Mantle as the MLB draft only started in 1965, for the record we took the legendary Les Rohr

mets1973
mets1973

@Bob Primosch In the last 25 years the Mets system produced

1)Edgardo Alfonso.

2)Jose Reyes

3)David Wright


Very good players but a poor return from a farm system.

thecyclone
thecyclone

@Bob Primosch If you have the opportunity to do so, take a trip to brooklyn and watch the kid. I've seen him several times and you can see how far superior he is as a hitter compared to everyone on that field and that includes the other teams they've played. He's also not as bad as was rumored out in the field. He has been way better then what they have said.

zoddie
zoddie

He can't be traded this off-season, anyway.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@Bob Burket Bob you did leave off your list

Foli, Backman, Brooks, Schriladi, Jeffries, Burnitz, Jones, Heilman, Humber, Pelfry & Davis


all had some decent success in the majors

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Bob Burket Sabermetrics is what baseball is all about...and has been for some time now. It shouldnt be dismissed just because its a little complicated. Super-two status is an entirely different matter.

mets1973
mets1973

@Karl Leopold Yes, and in the second round they selected Nolan Ryan. BTW NO ONE from the first round of that draft made it to the Hall of Fame. Johnny Bench and Ryan are Hall of Famers. Both were taken in the second round.

Greg Baker
Greg Baker

@2ndhalffun He is not in AA. He is in Brooklyn, which is Low A.


And he went there, because the Mets like to send their top picks to BK to get a feel for NYC and because it is a great park.

Boozer32
Boozer32

@Karl Leopold @Boozer32 He's on every Mets top 10 baseball prospects list and each time I scratch my head wondering why. Same with Nimmo neither are batting their weight. In Nimmo case I guess it was easier hitting baseballs in his barn.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

Your right Yankee hater. Its all about value per dollar spent. People get on Ruben at $500,000 when the real issue is our 3B is getting paid $16 million+  to become a NON Clutch singles hitter. I'm hoping that he is actually hurt as a valid excuse and wants to play and will recover in off-season. DW is killing us in 3rd slot.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

And...the real motive.  To get people to go to the Brooklyn team and help that team win.  Obviously a misguided and dumb motive, but does this surprise anyone?

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

He's hitting .221 at Binghamton. It's obviously not great, but he got off to am extremely slow start there. I think he'll be fine.

Greg Baker
Greg Baker

@Boozer32 @Karl Leopold Nimmo had a .906 OPS in St. Lucie and has a .784 OPS as a 21 year old in AA. He is doing very well this year and should be a top 50 prospect in all of baseball by years end (maybe, def top 100).

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@Boozer32 @Karl Leopold nimo rakes at A+ ball and is doing better now at AA.  Yea the SS is #10 on that list but if you look at 11 - 20 not much to add unless they put MDD

yankeehater
yankeehater

@2ndhalffun Yup....Wright, especially for what he makes, is the biggest issue by far on this team. If he was having even a decent year we'd have 3 more wins right now and basically be at .500. He has got to be hurt.....i cant believe he fell off a cliff this fast.

Boozer32
Boozer32

@Karl Leopold @Boozer32 Neither will see Citi Filed in Mets uniforms. Maybe some other team but their are prospects that are better than them. In the outfield W, Bucerra might be a prospect and at SS Tovar, Reynolds and T.J Chism is leaps and bounds ahead of Checcini.

Bob Primosch
Bob Primosch

@yankeehater @2ndhalffun Almost certain he's hurt -- there initially was concern that he would be out a long time, hard to believe the injury simply disappeared.  The loss of power and all the weak outs to RF tell the tale.