The Mets selected 21-year-old Oregon State OF Michael Conforto with the No. 10 pick in the First Year Player Draft on Thursday.
“He’s got some credibility,” an American League scout said (Oregonian, June 5). “I certainly anticipate him being a middle-of-the-order-type hitter at the Major League level.”
Conforto told reporters after the draft that his approach to hitting can best be described as a “relaxed aggression,” and, “a smart intensity.”
“It’s a real fit for what we like in a hitter,” Mets director of amateur scouting Tommy Tanous said late Thursday. “This is a guy who has the ability to lay off pitches and the ability to really hurt pitches.”
“Conforto might be the best pure hitter in the class; a left-handed hitting outfielder with plus power and an outstanding approach at the plate,” says ESPN’s Chris Crawford >> Read More Scouting Reports at SNY’s Mets Minors.
Conforto, Tanous and VP of Player Development Paul DePodesta talked with reporters Thursday after the draft >> Listen to the Audio.
MLB.com ranked Conforto the best hitter available in this year’s draft >> Watch MLB.com’s Video Profile with Highlights