My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
#4 – OF – Michael Conforto - 21-years old – 6-1, 211 – L/R
Drafted in the 2014 first round (10th overall pick) – Oregon State
Left on the board – SS Trea Turner (13th)
2014 – Brooklyn – 163-AB, .331/.403/.448/851, 3-HR, 19-RBI
What did they say about Conforto on draft day –
Anthony DiComo @AnthonyDiComo · - Conforto fits the #Mets' desired profile: power and patience. He set the Oregon State record for walks in a season with 55.
Kendall Rogers: And my sources nailed that one ..... I love Conforto. Plus arm, good power, good bat, and good instincts in the outfield. A little nugget: Scouts REALLY liked the way he played third base a few weeks ago. Could shift there in pro ball.
Sickels: - Regarded as the top hitter in college baseball this year by many experts, Conforto features impressive left-side power and a good feel for the strike zone, hitting .351/.506/.557 with 51 walks this year in 56 games. His other tools are nothing special but scouts don’t mind; his bat is that good, and he’s ranked as one of the safest, most advanced hitters in the draft."
The Mets seemed to take the safe pick here. Most of the draft experts had Conforto as the best bat in the draft, and you know how much the Mets need a young outfielder with a potent bat.
What I was surprised about was the fact that they parked him for the entire season in Brooklyn. It was obvious early that he was far past this level and it would have been nice to see him end the year in Savannah in the same lineup with Dom Smith. Playoff politics? Probably.
Hitting .331 in your first year (2nd in the league) of professional baseball is a damn good way to start your career.
I don’t see any reason to send Conforto to Death Valley here in Savannah. Send the then 22-year old to St. Lucie put a plan on paper that he graduates to Queens to day after Michael Cuddyer’s contract runs out.