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Mets: Michael Conforto best and worst case scenarios for 2019

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 28: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets warms up before the start of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 28: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets warms up before the start of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Best Case Scenario

The best case scenario for Conforto will include some continued progression toward stardom. He’s not quite there yet, but with 2019 as his age 26 campaign, we have to believe it may lie right around the corner.

Conforto should continue to have a place in the middle of the Mets lineup. He should again be one of the main guys to drive in runs. A guarantee for next year, he’ll put souvenirs in the bleachers.

One specific area we all want to see Conforto improve at is contact. His 159 strikeouts in 2018 fell two shy of David Wright’s record of 161. The .243 batting average also left a lot to be desired.

In a better year, Conforto will bring his batting average somewhere closer to the .279 he hit in 2017. He’ll fight for yet another All-Star appearance, possibly falling short because Jacob deGrom will represent the Mets.

The best we can hope for from Conforto in 2019 is exactly what he did in 2017 only healthier. This past year began with a first-half slump. Assuming he begins next year healthy, we may not see him limp through the first few months.

Instead, Scooter picks up right where he left off. We see him pass 30 home runs easily, hit around .260, and cement his spot as one of the best power-hitting young outfielders in baseball.

Hopefully, the Mets don’t carousel him around too much in the outfield. Some stability on defense may go a long way.

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