Highly regarded Michael Conforto struggled in his first full season in 2016, after excelling during his rookie campaign in 2015.
After an accomplished college career, Conforto was the prized selection for the Mets organization during the 2014 MLB draft. Conforto was a first-round selection as the tenth overall pick.
Many scouts viewed Conforto as a major league ready talent. “We think that Michael is going to be a middle of the order bat,” Mets scout Jim Reeves said on draft night. “He’s going to be an RBI producer. Michael’s just got a great approach at the plate; he’s disciplined.”
The Mets called up Conforto just a year later, a week before the trade deadline. At the time, the Mets offense was ranked last in the majors, with a team batting average of .233 and were also last in runs scored.
A week later, the Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes. We’re all aware of the historic second half Cespedes was able to put together as the Mets made an improbable run to the World Series.
During the Mets magical run, Conforto shined offensively, hitting .270 while driving in 26 RBIs in 56 games played during his rookie season. During the NLDS, Conforto homered in his first postseason at-bat against Dodgers ace Zack Greinke. Conforto also homered twice against the Kansas City Royals in game 4 of the World Series.
Gary Carter had been the only other Met to hit multiple homers in a single World Series game in franchise history.
However, with all the promise Conforto showed in 2015, let’s take a deeper look at how 2016 was a disappointing year for the young Conforto.