In an article for ESPN (insiders only), Keith Law writes that outfielder Michael Conforto – who the Mets drafted last Thursday with the 10th overall pick – is now the top prospect in the organization.
The Mets have not yet signed Conforto, but a deal is expected within days according to reports.
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
According to Law, it was a “tossup” between Conforto and Noah Syndergaard, but he opted to list Conforto ahead of Syndergaard simply because bats are more predictable than arms.
After Conforto and Syndergaard, Law listed Brandon Nimmo as the Mets No. 3 prospect.
In Law’s previous top prospect update, he had Syndergaard listed as the 24th best prospect in the majors, which means that Conforto – a week after being drafted – is already viewed as one of the better prospects in all of baseball.
As is noted above, Conforto being ranked ahead of Syndergaard shouldn’t be taken as a slight on Syndergaard. Rather, it should be viewed as a high compliment for Conforto.
Prior to the draft, some thought that Conforto would be drafted fourth overall by the Cubs.
The Cubs went in a different direction, allowing for Conforto – to the delight of the Mets – to slide down to 10th where he was picked.
In Conforto, the Mets have for the first time in years a position player who is their No. 1 prospect and is close to contributing at the major league level.
Most feel that Conforto will move quickly, and that his debut with the Mets will come in 2016.