Mets: Three Michael Conforto predictions for the 2020 season
Most New York Mets fans do not fully appreciate the true ability of Michael Conforto but in 2020 all of that will change with new statistical highs.
Michael Conforto has had an up and down first five years of his career for the New York Mets but make no mistake he is still one of the best players in the National League. Since coming into the league in 2015 he ranks top 25 in WAR and OBP as well as top 15 in wRC+ and top 10 in BB%, for players with a minimum of 2000 PAs.
A below-average player does not put up these kinds of numbers. These numbers are of someone who can play the game of baseball at a high level and is just entering his prime.
The 2020 season is the year that Michael Conforto puts all his Mets fan doubters to shame and finally has a complete season and is a key reason as to why the Mets will be very successful in 2020.
Conforto sets a new Mets single-season on-base percentage record
The current Mets single-season OBP record is held by John Olerud at .447 in 1998. Conforto has always been a high on-base guy and 2020 will be no different. Quite honestly the only reason he has not eclipsed the .400 mark yet is because of the slow starts he gets off to.
2020 will be different. He will hit the ground running, turn a portion of the strikeouts to hits or walks and not only eclipse the .400 mark but surpass the .447 mark set by Olerud in 1998.
The Mets really need someone to step up and help Pete Alonso and Conforto can be that guy. If Conforto is getting on-base at this high of a clip then it will not only help Alonso but also the team as a whole.
It’s time for Conforto to put it all together and claim his right as the greatest on-base man in the history of the Mets franchise.