By no means is Michael Conforto going to run away with the N.L. MVP this year, even though I wrote an article before the start of the season saying that he will. It’s no secret that I think Conforto can be a premiere outfield bat, however his stretches of streakiness is holding him back from achieving greatness.
The corner outfielder has been solid during the 2019 campaign while batting .258/.383/.507/.890 with 13 doubles, 13 home runs, 37 runs scored and 32 RBI’S over the span of 209 at-bats and 59 games.
In his last 7 games, Conforto is hitting .308/.400/.577 with 6 runs scored, 1 stolen base, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI’s in 26 at-bats.
One of the most underrated aspects to Michael Conforto’s game is his defense. While he’ll always be praised for his approach to the plate, I don’t think he’ll ever get enough recognition in how he covers the corners.
Conforto was born in Seattle, Washington on March 1, 1993. As he got older, he attended Redmond H.S. then graduated on to Oregon State University.
In 2014, Conforto became the 10th overall pick by the New York Mets in the the MLB June Amateur Draft. In 2015, Bernie Pleskoff said on MLB.com
At 6’1, 215 lbs, Conforto is a well-proportioned athlete with the look of a football linebacker. His strength is a tremendous asset, but he is very measured in his approach at the plate. Conforto drives his strong hands through the ball, and he generates plenty of loft and backspin with his uppercut swing.
Slow afoot, Conforto has limited OF range. He is best suited to play LF, with average arm strength and overall defensive ability. Conforto will likely reach most balls hit in his general area.
Conforto is a hitter. He will get better and better with more exposure to quality pitching and more familiarity with good breaking balls. Conforto’s knowledge of the strike zone and his knack for letting a pitch travel to him allows him to make hard contact.
Ultimately, Conforto projects to be a run-producing power hitter with selectivity and maturity to be a major league offensive force in the lineup. His ability should allow him to avoid lengthy slumps.
In 2015, Conforto appeared in 56 games while coming to bat 174 times. He had a slash line on .270/ .335/ .506/ .841 and a 130 OPS+. His nine home runs & 14 doubles put Conforto on the fast track to join his peers in Flushing, Queens.