Mets draft college OF Michael Conforto

The Mets selected selected 21-year-old Oregon State OF Michael Conforto with the No. 10 pick in the First Year Player Draft on Thursday.


Biography


Conforto hit .345 (70-203) with a .508 OBP, seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games this season as a junior for the Oregon State Beavers. He was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year prior to this season.


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The 6-2, 217-pound native of Woodinville, WA, who bats left-handed and throws right-handed, was named one of the five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top collegiate player in the nation. He also won the PAC-12 Conference Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season and was the first three-time All-American in school history.

He is the fourth consecutive position player drafted in the first round by the Mets, joining outfielder Brandon Nimmo (2011), infielder Gavin Cecchini (2012) and first baseman Dominic Smith (2013).


The Conference Call


In a conference call with media after being picked, Conforto described his hitting style as, “Relaxed aggression, smart intensity,” which more or less describes exactly what Sandy Alderson expects of his hitters.

“It’s difficult to say how he’s going to move through the system, but he’s a polished college player,” Paul DePodesta said about Comforto. “He fits our MO so well.”



What they’ve said about him:


Jason A. Churchill (Prospect Insider): “Conforto, for me, is the best college option in terms of hitters, and he can really play the game. His power numbers were down for half the spring but he’s up to five long balls to go with 14 doubles and a pair if triples. … He has always reminded me of Nick Swisher, in terms of athleticism, body type and skills with the bat.”


MLB.com: “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.”


Chris Crawford (MyMLBDraft): “There’s no doubting Conforto’s offensive ability, with above-average power from the left side and a solid approach at the plate, but a severe lack of defensive value hurts his value considerably.  At the plate, Conforto has average bat speed but rotates his hips well and gets his hands moving quickly, and has plus power to the pull side. He works counts well and is willing to go the other way when necessary, and patience shouldn’t be an issue at the plate. He’s a well below-average runner, however, and adds little value on the bases.  Defensively, however, Conforto is a bit of a mess. He doesn’t get good jumps on the ball in the outfield, and when he does get to the ball he has a poor throwing arm that runners can take extra bases on. He more than likely is going to end up at first base, though it’s unlikely he’ll be anything more than average there, and the bat doesn’t play as well.”


Oregon State coach Pat Casey (ESPN): “His work ethic is off the charts. He’s matured as a hitter and simply gotten better. Early in his career he got fooled on balls out of the zone and off-speed, but he just kept getting better and better. The numbers show that. … He has as much power to left center as he does to right. … For a guy that knew he was going to be a first-rounder and tempted to put up huge numbers, he did everything he could to help us win. If that meant taking a walk, he took a walk.”





107 comments
nym68
nym68

I'm never a fan of taking a one dimensional position player. Drafting a future DH, or at best a LF, is not forward thinking. I always believe in choosing the best pitcher available regardless of how deep your organization is with pitchers. So I thought Newcombe or Beede should've been the choice with the tenth pick. If they were insisting on not taking a pitcher then they should've gone after the best athlete and in this case it was Turner or Gatewoood. For whatever reason Sandy and his merry troops of on base percentage is the end all be all believing draft gnomes went after the one guy with zero hope of being flexible down the line...Unless of course he can transition between LF,DH, and PH successfully

David Lopez
David Lopez

Hope the hit tool is really good because, he doesn't offer much in terms of value.

mets1973
mets1973

This is a very good pick. He is a polished college bat who should shoot through the system. I can see him in the outfield in 2016 with Nimmo in right and Lagares in center and Conforto in left.

David Lopez
David Lopez

Alderson just drafted a DH. If he were the GM of an American League team, I wouldn't have a gripe.

Beede or Newcombe represented too great of values to pass up, and I have a gut feeling that he and the fanbase are going to regret he didn't draft either of them much like how he must be kicking himself for drafting Nimmo over Jose Fernandez.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

This is silly. Confotro was one of the best options(that best suited the mets at 10) to get.


Of course we can all sit here, and debate trea turner.who might have been better.



Hoffman would have been somone to consider(obviously ace stuff),but he got picked at #9 by the Jays.


Touki Toussaint was another pitcher who has more of so #2 type stuff, and he could have been a great choice too, but I don't know if he suits the Mets right now. If we would have drafted another pitcher 1st round this whole blog would have blown up. Lets face it.

tullydew
tullydew

Sounds like he is a good bat no field type of player. Since the NL doesn't have a DH he could be trade bait down the road.

Welcome to hell

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Easily the best position player in the Mets minor league system right this moment

Joseph Baffi
Joseph Baffi

sign kendry morales and put him at first and scrap the duda experiment


Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Should have taken Gatewood or Turner. Not knocking the Conforto pick though. He was the safe option. He's basically almost major league ready with the tools to become an all-star and unlike Nimmo and Checchini, he will be a major leaguer barring some kind of serious injury or serious regression in the minors. It was a solid pick. Just happy we didn't draft another guy lite years away. The only one I would have allowed was Gatewood

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

This actually a great pick. Probably the best advanced hitter in the draft. Remember you don't keep every player in your system. He might be the pick that gets you another teams all star. Half the teams in MLB have the DH. Not that I want it to happen but NL might go to DH. Hate if it did, but special bats are nice to have in system whether you keep them or not. 

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Saw Piazza represented the mets at Draft. Would LOVE to see him as hitting coach. I know he loves the west coast life, but the guy is made for NY. 

asoto307
asoto307

Mets only had 1 pick today? No 2nd rounder?

hankypanky
hankypanky

The line for first base just got longer.

thecyclone
thecyclone

Typical pick by the Mets. Another guy that can hit but can't play in the field.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Don't mean to be negative, but he absolutely gets ripped in most of these appraisals. 


Conforto is a bit of a mess. He doesn’t get good jumps on the ball in the outfield, and when he does get to the ball he has a poor throwing arm that runners can take extra bases on.


He has always reminded me of Nick Swisher...


He’s a well below-average runner, however, and adds little value on the bases.


And these are the people that like him.





dannym28
dannym28

2017 Lineup 

Rosario

Nimmo

Wright

Smith

Conforto

Lagares

Plawecki 

Checchini

David Lopez
David Lopez

There's also a lot of swing & miss to his game.

David Lopez
David Lopez

Has a weak arm, limited mobility. He will have to be moved to either 1B or to some AL team as a DH later in his career.

zoddie
zoddie

Brandon Nimmo would like a word with you.

zoddie
zoddie

Yes, let's bench the guy that has been our best hitter and is leading the team in HRs and is 2nd in RBIs.

zoddie
zoddie

@Samuel Mateyak  Duda was a first baseman his entire career and was only moved to the OF because Ike was at first.  At least this guy is starting as an OFer.

asoto307
asoto307

Wish he was doing as good as duda is..duda is prob our best hitter right now.. leads in ops, slg, and hr(everyday players)..def didn't see this coming

buddyryan
buddyryan

Gave up 2nd round pick for Signing Grandy

RockMarz
RockMarz

Remember..depo said he fits mets MO

buddyryan
buddyryan

@thecyclone You mean can't hit and can't play the field?  That is the typical Mets prospect.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Being Nick Swisher isn't a bad thing. The guy has been a solid player his whole career and would easily be one of the best on our roster this season. Let's just hope he's got Swisher's personality!

Brian Safchik
Brian Safchik

@dannym28  If David Wright is your #3 you got problems.  The only way this team will ever win will be to have two hitters who are better than Wright (ex Beltran, Delgado)  I love Wright but he can't be the best hitter on your team

1harris1
1harris1

It's not going to be all those young guys. Some of them will pan out. Some won't.

dannym28
dannym28

Scratch That Add dilson instead of checchini 

RockMarz
RockMarz

Gosh let's look what nimmo is doing..I guess other teams passed .hindsight is something.well there really isn't yet.

RockMarz
RockMarz

No. Duds wasn't projected to be more than a bench guy when drafted by some experts... At best

lovingmets
lovingmets

@Keith Allen-Verdi @Macacawitz 

It's because many apparently quite messed over in the head pseudo-"Mets fans" apparently do nothing as supposed Mets fans other than try to utilize their pseudo- "Mets fanness" as a way for them to constantly revel in & publicly broadcast their own more or less permanently abiding states of clinical depression, Keith.

All of which necessarily means that the "baseball judgement" of these people will always give all indications of their never having any indication of their having even so much as the slightest  clue of "which way is up", baseball-wise.

Actually, it's even worse than that, Keith, because the entire question of whether or not they'll ever have so much as a clue as to what's actually accurately going about anything, baseball-wise, isn't ever really even any kind of an actual consideration to these people. 

And in fact the only reasons these people even just "go through the motions" of their being supposedly being Mets fans is to provide themselves with a form for them to ever wallow in their being perpetually bummed out "in general", & [even worse !] to always do their very best to try in every way they can possibly think of to bum out all other actual Mets fans, as [these persons] also set about creating & maintaining a veritable cottage industry dedicated to peddling the notion that "Sandy Alderson & Terry Collins are constantly conspiring to making their personal lives miserable" etc.

dannym28
dannym28

@1harris1 thats how i view it now...but yeah which is why i cut checchini i think the other are legit though, maybe not Rosario yet but hes got A+ potential 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@dannym28  You also forgot that Grandy will still be under contract for $15M in 2017. So where is he?

zoddie
zoddie

@Samuel Mateyak  I see, so even though Duda has a  .304/.448/.630 line with runners in scoring position this year, has more HRs with guys on than solo shots, and is 2nd on the team in RBI despite being platooned, runs only count if it is the 7th inning or later?


Do some research on "clutch" stats.  Seriously.  For the most part, clutch ability doesn't exist.

zoddie
zoddie

@Samuel Mateyak  HRs are a useless stat?  I had no idea.  If you only care about a player's "clutch" stats, then here are Duda's stats this year with runners in scoring position:


.304 BA, .448, OBP, .630 SLG.


He has been, by far, our most clutch hitter this year.

LifelongMets
LifelongMets

2017 is just too far in the future in my opinion to project lineups.