MINORS - SMITH 2016 VS. CONFORTO 2015 by Tom Brennan
As a follow up to yesterday's Dominic Smith article by me, I thought it would be interesting to compare Smith of 2016 to Michael Conforto of 2015 in the minors to see how the two stack up side by side.
Age 22, .297/.372/.482 in 91 games, 54 RBIs, 12 HRs. At bats split roughly 50/50 between High A and AA.
AGE 20/21, .294/.353/.466 in 90 games, 12 HRs, 67 RBIs. All at bats in AA.
What an eye opener...virtually identical, except Smith is doing it younger, against stronger competition (all AA), and Smith is knocking in more runs with the support of (in my opinion) a weaker offensive squad than Conforto had in the minors last year. Michael, after all, had Rosario, Nimmo, and Smith hitting alongside him at times last year.
It has to make one wonder if Smith, were there openings in Queens, is just as ready as Conforto was last year.
My point? Don't count Smith out as being on this Mets team in September if there is a pennant race. And don't count him out as the Mets' 2016 first baseman next year - probably premature to consider that, but let's see what Smith does the rest of this year.