Through seven Spring Training at-bats, Mets RF Michael Conforto, has been tearing it up. He has already connected with two homeruns, in addition to his five hits.
There has been plenty of talk regarding Conforto heading into Spring Training, and what exactly the Mets should do with him.
Jay Bruce, whose name was discussed in trade rumors all offseason, will indeed remain a Met in 2017, and for now is the starting right fielder. In addition to Bruce, who is an experienced power hitter, the Mets also have other outfield options off the bench with Juan Lagares, and potentially Brandon Nimmo.
Therefore, Conforto is not in an ideal situation for himself, especially if he wants to be starting Opening Day.
Just a few days ago, Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson, described “Scooter” as a “long term asset”. While getting consistent at-bats in Triple-A may be beneficial to Conforto, it may be best that he hangs around the big league club.
With oft-injured first baseman Lucas Duda suffering from back spasms early on, it may be possible that Terry Collins reconsiders Conforto not getting a look at first base, especially against righties and when Bruce is playing right field. However, we know that Collins prefers Conforto focusing on working in the outfield, but maybe this situation will change his mind.
This alternative idea to have Conforto split time at right and first instead of his normal right field position will give him more AB’s, in addition to giving the Mets more depth, and more playing time to Juan Lagares, the Mets top defender.
However, now that spring has started and Conforto’s bat has been red hot, it may be time for Alderson to rethink labeling Conforto as a long-term piece. Further, all Mets and baseball fans are aware of Conforto’s potential, as he portrayed it in both the 2015 World Series and April of 2016.
If Conforto continues to hit like this, there is no doubt that he should be slated as the Opening Day right fielder, and he can also prove all the doubters wrong with a monster comeback season in 2017.