NY Mets: Five fabulous Sandy Alderson moves as Mets GM
2014: Drafting Michael Conforto 10th overall in the 2014 MLB Draft
When making this last pick for Alderson’s best move as General Manager of the New York Mets it was not hard to highlight his selection of outfielder Michael Conforto in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Alderson has a pretty solid drafting record that includes Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, and Jeff McNeil but at this point, it’s not unfair to say that Michael Conforto has more of an established track record and should find himself as one of the cornerstones of the franchise for years to come.
Conforto burst on to the scene for the Mets back in 2015 after barely playing a full season in the Minor Leagues and made his impact felt immediately as a rookie and slugged nine home runs in 56 games while playing a vital role in the Mets National League Championship season.
After a bit of a sophomore slump in 2016, Conforto would make the National League All-Star team in 2017 and post career-best numbers but his season would, unfortunately, be cut short due to injury.
Fast forward to 2020 and the 27-year old Conforto has established himself as one of the best all-around outfielders in the game of baseball and is certainly going to get paid one way or the other after the 2021 season. To this point, this draft pick by Sandy Alderson has been gone down as easily his best as Mets General Manager due to Conforto’s long-term success he has achieved and by projecting his future success in seasons to come as Conforto now seems to be hitting the middle of his prime.
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