Mack (recently inducted into the Mack's Mets Writers Hall of Fame) wrote at 8 AM today on this website. Make sure to read his fine article. In it, he said he'd like to see an outfield of Cespedes, Bruce and Conforto in 2017.
So would I, so let's talk about Michael (MIKE) Conforto, and a few other guys while I am at it.
MIKE: Vegas tends to inflate hitter stats. But Mike's numbers smack of much, much more.
1) Since sent down, he is 26 for 50 (.520/.556/.900) - knock 100 points of each - still WOW.
2) In 29 AAA games in 2016, Mike is hitting .423/.480/.748 - WOW.
3) What about hitting lefties? How does 16 for 33 sound? WOW.
So he struggled in the bigs this year - who doesn't? Ask Jay Bruce and de Aza. Pencil young Mike in as a Mets starter in 2017.
SMITTY: Dominic Smith has had 3 hits in 3 of his last 4 games, raising him to .306/.370.470 in AA, and .370 in July and August with a .570 slug.
He turned 21 in June, and as a point of comparison, Lucas Duda STARTED his minor league career older than Smith is today. And slugging Duda did not start hitting homers like Smith's 14 in 500 plate appearances until he was 24. Smitty, in other words, is coming fast. 88 RBIs, too.
Maybe he is our first baseman of the future starting mid-2017.
PHIL: Phil Evans has been on fire with 3 or more hits in 6 of his last 10 games. In 85 AA games, he is hitting .333/.372/.486. I'm mighty impressed. .333, by the way, leads the Eastern League.
DAVE: David Thompson is an RBI machine, with 89 in 107 games. That would work out to 135 over a full 162 games. He needs to stay awake when no one is on base, as he is at just .229 with the bags empty in 183 at bats, But put guys on base, you've got him laser focused, hitting .317 in 215 at bats. Fans love RBIs.
TOM: Tomas Nido has quietly caught 83 games in St Lucie. how does .310/.347/.453 sound? And he has gunned down 40% of would-be base stealers. Watch this young guy.
DES: Only in one game in the past 3 weeks has Desmond Lindsay not been on base, and in 28 games in this injury-shortened season, the 19 year old (now in NY Penn A ball) has performed to a split of .314/.468/.500, and recently hit what was described by a writer as a "mammoth home run." My favorite kind. The future looks very bright for Des.
It also, of course, looks bright for hitters Nimmo, Rosario, and Alonso. But today in my books is MIKE, SMITTY, PHIL, DAVE, TOM, AND DES DAY.