A lot of writers are jotting down a lot of things lately about Mets outfielder Michael Conforto.
Monday, he hit a 414 foot home run, into deep right center, with an exit velocity of 105 miles per hour (he followed that with a single and then a double, raising his batting average at the time to .333)). According to Brian P. Mangan, Conforto went into that game leading the MLB with 52.4% hard hit. He has a 8.3% swinging strike rate and 20% rate of swinging at balls, both above average.
He is also hitting .378 with four homers, 10 runs scored and eight RBIs since moving into the No. 3 spot in the order 10 games ago (yeah, yeah, Ernest... :)
Very few Mets have the ability to do this kind of hitting on a consistent basis. Can you imagine the potential of a 3-4-5 trio of Conforto, Yoenes Cespedes, and Lucas Duda, all hitting on full jets?
I vividly remember the 2014 draft. The Mets brain trust always had Conforto projected as the top outfielder in the draft and no one in the organization expected him to still be around when the 10th pick came around. I had a friend who was in the Mets war room that night and there were high fives and dancing when the Mets were able to call in the name ‘Conforto’.
Of the top 10 picks in that draft, one never signed (#1 Brady Aiken) and only four have already reached the MLB level… Conforto, #3 pick P Carlos Rodon (9-6, 3.75 for the Chicago White Sox last year; 1-2, 4.05 in four starts so far this year), #4 pick C Kyle Schwarber (.246 last year for the Chicago White Sox; only four at-bats and on the disabled list this season), and #7 pick P Aaron Nola (6-2, 3.59, 13-starts last season; 1-2, 4.50, 4-starts this season for the Phillies).
Only one other first rounders currently is in the majors this season. 13th pick SS Trea Turner was there for a handful of games last year, but it’s 17th pick P Brandon Finnegan pitched six games for the Red last season and he’s had four starts so much this season.
So, what class is Conforto entering? Can we consider him for the big three?
Here’s a set of stat lines from three guys this season:
Bryce Harper - .323/.405/.855/1.260, 9-HR, 23-RBI
Mike Trout - .300/.405/.529/.933, 4-HR, 9-RBI
Michael Conforto - .333/.435/.614/1.049, 3-HR, 11-RBI
Did you think we would get to the point this early in his career (he’s 23-years old!) to be comparing him to these two guys.
Michael, I know you are reading this. I hope this brings a smile to your face.
It does to ours.