Left Fielder – Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto has bounced around plenty on defense since coming up to the Mets in 2015. The 10th overall selection from the 2014 draft is our left fielder for this list because, well, he can play any of the three positions and he deserves a spot.
Conforto’s young career with the Mets includes a trip to the All-Star Game, a .253 batting average, and 109 home runs through the first five seasons. He’s one of the current players fans love to debate most. Whatever you think of him, he is one of the best first-round picks in franchise history.
Center Fielder – Lee Mazzilli
I feel Lee Mazzilli is one of the most underappreciated players to suit up for the orange and blue. He made his MLB debut in 1976 and stayed with the club through 1981. This was a dark period for the organization yet Mazzilli managed to bring a little sunshine to the field with his play.
Selected 14th overall in 1973, Mazzilli did return to the Mets for a few years later in his career. His 152 stolen bases help highlight the speed he gave them on offense in the early part of his time with New York.
Right Fielder – Darryl Strawberry
We’ve been all around the diamond and we wrap up with another Mets great, Darryl Strawberry. Taken first overall in 1980, Strawberry was a star throughout the decade. He snagged eight All-Star appearances and managed to set the franchise record in home runs.
Strawberry’s place in MLB history may not look nearly as sweet as what he accomplished with the Mets. Off-field issues ultimately took his career in the wrong direction. Still, as a member of the Amazins, he was phenomenal.
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