Jun 19, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Oregon State Beavers outfielder Michael Conforto (8) hits during their College World Series game against the Indiana Hoosiers at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports

Mets agree to terms with first-round pick Michael Conforto


The Mets have agreed to terms with Michael Conforto, the club’s first-round selection (10th overall) in this month’s draft.

The value of the deal is a shade under $3 million – the precise slot value.

Conforto, a 21-year-old outfielder from Oregon State, was viewed as one of the best overall bats in the draft.

He’ll likely make his professional debut in Short-Season A-Ball with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Thoughts:

Many thought that Conforto would be taken by the Cubs with the fourth overall pick, but they went in a different direction – taking Kyle Schwarber.

That allowed Conforto to slip to the Mets, who were thrilled to select him.

Conforto’s defense in left field has been viewed as a bit of a concern, but most feel he can do an average or better job there.

However, Conforto’s value lies with his bat.

Keith Law of ESPN thinks that Conforto can be a hitter who slugs 20 home runs and gets on base at a .400 clip during his peak, which would make him one of only a handful of players in the majors who fit that distinction.

While Conforto will almost certainly begin his career with Brooklyn, it’s been said by some that he’s advanced enough to be playing for Double-A Binghamton right now.

Expect Conforto to move quickly, and for his eventual Mets debut to come in 2016.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones Michael Conforto

  • GoBeavz

    Can’t wait to follow Conforto’s career – the Mets made a great pick-up @ 10!

  • Ken Meoni

    I wonder if Collins, SA and the Wilpons will be around by the time he comes up. For his sake, and ours, let’s hope not.

    • paqza

      I agree with you on the Wilpons. Regarding SA, you seem to be ignorant about baseball, then.

    • Ken Meoni

      So, you think picking up Chris Young for 7.5 M was a good deal? Consider he was the first signing, which makes it even worse. They are all at fault, but especially the Wilpons.

    • Eric Ohlson

      The only FA bat signing that worked out fully was Byrd, then he let him go to be replaced by Grandy. A good tradeoff, I think not. He apparently never considered Cruz and yet gives CY similar money. Not good use of resources. The jury is still out on SA and he still has much to prove in his regime.