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.
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.