With Mets Opening Day exactly a month from today, it’s time for Rising Apple’s season preview. Our staff will be weighing in on one topic each day as we tick off the final days to April 3.
Head here to read Part 1: Which Mets pitcher will will earn the fifth starter slot?
JT. Teran, Editor
Thinking about which Mets player will surprise us the most this season is a bit of a tough decision, but I’m going to go with one of my favorites: Michael Conforto.
While it’s still early in the spring, Kid Conforto has come out swinging. The Mets outfield is currently overcrowded, as we all know, but he’s looking to make the decision to either send him down to Las Vegas to start the season, or keep him in the big leagues, as tough as possible for the Mets’ brass.
Of course, with health being such a concern for this Mets team going into the regular season and the fact that a trade for Jay Bruce could still go down at any moment really, it’s possible Conforto gets a mainstay in the outfield one way or another.
Even if none of that happens, however, Conforto can still force himself into the lineup if he continues to hit the way he has throughout the rest of camp. He may not have to displace Jay Bruce in right if Curtis Granderson isn’t playing as well he could be.
Conforto just turned 24 years old last week, and his ceiling is still unknown. I’m predicting he’ll be more selective with the pitches he swings at, and is able to get on base more and bring the power back this season.