Mets agree to terms with first-round pick Michael Conforto

The Mets have agreed to terms with OF Michael Conforto, the club’s first-round selection (10th overall) in this month’s draft (Callis, June 19).

Conforto, 21, was viewed as one of the best overall hitters in the draft.

The value of Conforto’s deal will be $2,970,800.

ESPN.com’s draft expert, Keith Law, recently said that Conforto should now be considered the team’s top prospect over RHP Noah Syndergaard (ESPN, June 12).

Law later said that he views Conforto as a hitter who will hit 20 home runs and have an OBP of .400 during his peak.

Conforto is expected to begin his Mets career in Short-Season A-Ball with the Brooklyn Cyclones.


In this two-minute video, SNY.TV profiles Conforto, featuring highlights and commentary from MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone, ESPN’s Chris Crawford and hosts from the MLB Network, as well as first-hand report from Mets scout Jim Reeves





62 comments
Chuck Panighetti
Chuck Panighetti

ok, lets give Conforto a chance to work thru the system before you decide on him.I have seen him play all thru college and I know you all will be pleased with him. He can flat out hit.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

He won't have 20 homers in the majors. He doesn't look very big....

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

Comparing Kris Bryant junior year to Mike Conforto

K. Bryant AB 228 AVE .329 HR 31 OBP .493 SLG .820 OPS 1314
M. Conforto AB 203 AVE .345 HR 7 OBP .504 SLG .547 OPS 1050
All prospect lists have Syndergaard over Bryant. Keith Law has Conforto over Syndergaard. Bryant can play defense. Mayo and many others say Conforto's defense is very subpar. Bryant's defense is very good.

Conforto is 26 days older than Nimmo. Compare their stats. Nimmo is using a wooden bat. College pitching vs. High A ball pitching, probably very close.

Conforto wouldn't have been my pick at 10. The Mets picked for need over best available player. I like him as a hitter. I think he is a good prospect. I just am not as high on him as Keith Law is. I think Mayo and Baseball America are spot on with him.

Chuck Panighetti
Chuck Panighetti

Mets fans you are going to love M.Conforto watch for him he will be in your ballpark soon. Wish he was a SF Giant.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

"Law later said that he views Conforto as a hitter who will hit 20 home runs and have an OBP of .400 during his peak."  ......Yeah....lets hope he makes it to the ML.

Mets0987
Mets0987

Why Single A? He played college so he should go to AA.

hankincolo
hankincolo

BTW, don't ever brush up against Tommy Lasorda. He'll give you the evil eye for sure. Don't believe me? Watch the beginning of the video and the young man in the background wearing a Brewers uni. About 30 seconds in.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Mets "close" to signing....would've been accurate. Until he puts his name on the dotted line, (or even the straight one) he has not signed.

Regardless, a 20 hr guy who may be an average LFer?  Seems like a less than overwhelming number for a guy close to signing for almost 3 million.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

To be fair, starting in Brooklyn hasn't seemed to slow down Kevin Plawecki, another college hitter who started his career there. Didn't slow down Ike's assent either.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Good.  he's signed.  "Incaviglia" him on to the roster immediately, before the Mets developmental coaching staff screws him up, too.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

The Cubs' #4 pick Kyle Schwarber has already (just today) been promoted. He signed and went to a Short Season team where he hit 12-20. They just moved him to A ball.

dave42
dave42

I read some experts suggest he could have started AA.  Brooklyn?  If he's not at least in St. Lucie by season-end, something has gone very wrong.

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

he just tweeted he didn't sign yet literally a minute ago...

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

I think Smith and Nimmo are better position player prospects. 20 home runs at his peak isn't impressive for a player who can't play any defensive position at the major league level.

Syndergaard has the skills to be a multiple Cy Young winner at his peak. Smith will be just as good as Conforto but he has a good glove. Smith will need a little more time to get there. Nimmo will be a better hitter and much better in the outfield. I have Conforto as the Mets 5th best prospect. 1. Syndergaard 2. Matz 3. Nimmo 4. Smith 5. Conforto

11gilkey
11gilkey

I'd go ahead and bat him 4th on the big team.  Why not?

Daniel Poinsett
Daniel Poinsett

The metal bats in college have been reduced greatly since Bryant graduated. The stats are not comparable. Metal bats in college are way different now.

jamets
jamets

@hankincolo  Well you glossed over the most important number - the .400 OBP.  Put them together and it sounds a little bit like Matt Holliday.  I'd take that.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@hankincolo Yeah, he lucked out though that he was arguably the best, or at least one of the best, hitter in a bad draft for offensive players. Pitching was much deeper in this draft than hitting, or so the experts say at least.

metzfan22
metzfan22

@dave42 I don't think something goes "very wrong" this soon. PATIENCE. He was literally just drafted. 

1harris1
1harris1

The article though only says they "agreed to terms", so the fact that he hasn't signed yet is probably just a formality at this point.

Although this is the Mets, so ya never know......,,,.

hankypanky
hankypanky

A more realistic appraisal than ESPN's.

Greg Baker
Greg Baker

@Richard Jones There is no evidence he cant play the corner OF. He has a nice arm and showed good range in college. He is not a CFer, but he is not without a home in the field.

archer41
archer41

@Richard Jones Really?  20 homers and a .400 OBP would make him our number 3 hitter.  I'll take it.  

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Richard Jones No disrespect, but I'll trust the people whose job it is to analyze minor league guys for a living.


If Conforto is a high probability guy that is .400 OBP and hitting 20 homers while playing average D in left, I'd sign up for that in a heartbeat.  That's basically describing Choo who just signed a mega contract in the offseason.  If you don't see the value there, you're blind.

1harris1
1harris1

I wouldn't get too worked up about "at his peak" projections. Let's actually watch this guy play a few games before drawing conclusions.

helloboy
helloboy

@Richard Jones For a miinute i thought you said Syndergaard will be another CY.  i feel better now.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@11gilkey If the team did that I think he would instantly be the 4th best hitter on the team (behind Wright, Grandy and Duda).  That being said...they shouldn't.

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

@Daniel Poinsett 

Where are you getting that from? Metal bats are way different this year than they were last? Conforto played in college last year also, the same year as Bryant. He was in his 2nd year and Bryant was in his 3rd.
Bryant was still much better. You can look up the stats year by year. Bryant's first year was much better than Conforto's and you can see the same each of the 3 years.
Conforto should hit for about the same average as Bryant. The power numbers is were there is a huge gap.

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

@hankincolo @Richard Jones 
I would have chosen the best available player Newcomb or Beede. Conforto wasn't a bad pick but he is no Bryant. Just because he was the best hitter doesn't mean he should get the same ranking as the best from last year. Law seems to have Conforto ranked higher than Bryant. Bryant is raking in AAA. Hopefully Conforto will advance at the same rate.
He should be a productive bat. I view Conforto as a Nimmo 2.0 as a hitter. He is much slower and his defense is world away from Nimmo's. By the way Nimmo currently has a 1.000 OBP in AA.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@fatherflot @hankincolo Never had time for the Sopranos, wish I did.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@jamets @hankincolo .400 OBP is very good, but 20 hrs still seems kind of low, and I hope he has more lasting power than who? Pat Burrell?

dave42
dave42

@metzfan22 @dave42  this is not a high school kid, it's someone who raked at a major college powerhouse.  Brooklyn is just wrong.  St. Lucie would have been an acceptable place for him to start. I could even take Savannah with the idea that he'd move up if it's too easy.


If he's really the best (or one of) the college hitters in the country, he should be pushed harder than this.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@metzfan22 @dave42 Completely disagree with this sentiment.  


Law opined last week the Mets would send him to Brooklyn only because the Wilpons are so concerned with the team there....Experts think he's advanced enough to start immediately in High A.

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

@archer41 @Richard Jones 
Nimmo is about the same age as Conforto. His numbers in high A are almost as good as Conforto's were in college. Nimmo has done it with a wooden bat. If their equal hitters Nimmo gets the edge based on defense.
Smith is much younger. He was aggressivally place in A ball. He got off to a rough start but has been hitting over .300 the last month and a half. He is tougher to project but he makes very quick adjustments when he is place in a league where he is overmatched.
I like Conforto but I am not as high on him as Keith Law is. I don't see the same type of worship of Conforto from Baseball America or MLB insiders as I do from Law.

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

@BringBackDaveTelghe 
I was responding to one person, Keith Law. Most insiders had him as the 17th best player in the draft. A draft which they said was very poor for offense. Syndergaard is considered a top 20 minor league prospect. If I saw a majority of insiders saying Conforto was a top 20 minor league prospect then I would go with Law. Most insiders say he can't play defense. They do say he has a great work ethic and hopefully that will help him become an average major league left fielder.
Conforto hit 7 home runs with a metal bat. Rarely do players reproduce anything near to their college stats.
Kris Bryant blows Conforto away when comparing the college stats. Bryant had 31 homers in his final year. He is an all around player. Bryant is ranked below Syndergaard. I'm positive no one in baseball other than Keith Law would put Conforto ahead of Bryant. Keith Law loves guys who walk.

vince1234
vince1234

@dave42 @metzfan22 Is the risk really worth the reward? What's the harm in holding him back and letting him dominate a league? Is it worth putting him in AA or high A and failing. Look at Carlos Gomez guy was rushed and look how long it took him to turn into a stud.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

The kid just got drafted. Relax with the predictions. Do you think Keith Law is right with every assessment he makes. No one knows what Conforto will turn into. If it is 20 hrs and a .400 obp you take it.

dave42
dave42

@vince1234 @dave42 @metzfan22  I get it, but Gomez is a completely different type of player who was asked to be a slash and burn guy when he is really more of a Soriano type.  I get the impression that Conforto is much easier to categorize.  I'd push him.