With the 10th overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft, the Mets selected outfielder Michael Conforto from Oregon State.
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
Conforto, 21, is a 6’2″, 217-pound left-handed hitter who was viewed by many as the best college hitter in the draft.
Conforto’s defense in left field is viewed as adequate with a chance to be a bit better, but his living will be made with the bat.
He’s seen as someone who can be a quick mover, potentially making his major league debut in 2016.
There were many who thought the Cubs would select Conforto with the fourth overall pick, but they went in another direction, allowing Conforto to slide down the board and land with the Mets.
When the Mets selected, all three players they were rumored to have interest in were on the board.
Along with Conforto, SS Trea Turner and LHP Sean Newcomb were available.
The thought leading up to the draft was that the Mets would take a bat if one of their targets was there – meaning this pick really came down to Conforto vs. Turner.
Turner, a shortstop who has blazing speed, plays adequate defense, and has solid offensive potential, would’ve been a great alternative, but the Mets opted for Conforto.
According to those in the know such as Keith Law of ESPN, Conforto is a potential middle-of-the-order bat who should move quickly through the minors.
One potential drawback with Conforto is that he’ll likely be limited to left field, but Law said that Conforto plays the position adequately – with the potential to be a bit better.
Conforto will likely begin his Mets career with Short-Season Brooklyn, but there’s a chance he’ll start with Low-A Savannah instead.