Michael Conforto has had a great career with the New York Mets. He got drafted at #10 overall in 2014, came up as a 22-year-old rookie in the midst of the 2015 playoff run, and he’s now played seven seasons in orange and blue.
The sweet-swinging lefty hit 132 homers, scored 400 runs, drove in 396 runs, had an OPS of .824 and an OPS+ and wRC+ of 124, and tallied 16.9 fWAR. He was an All-Star in 2017 and selected to the All-MLB Second Team in 2020.
Conforto has been a part of many historic moments. The World Series run in 2015, the Wild Card game in 2016, and the All-Star game in 2017 were some of the more memorable ones, but he had some big moments throughout his time in Queens. Let’s take a look at four of those.
Michael Conforto’s best Mets moments #4: Throwing Abraham Almonte out at home to save the game in the bottom of the 9th on 7/28/21
Don’t run on Conforto.
Edwin Diaz came in to pitch in the bottom of the ninth on July 29th, 2021 against the Braves. He had a 2-1 lead, but gave up a ground rule double to Abraham Almonte to put the tying run in scoring position with no outs. He was able to retire Guillermo Heredia on a fly ball to Conforto for the first out.
Ehire Adrianza came up next and hit a line drive single to right field. Conforto charged and fielded the ball on one hop as Almonte rounded third. Conforto threw a dart to James McCann on the fly who made the swipe tag for the out to save the run and record the second out.
Almonte has some speed (69th percentile sprint speed) but Conforto has a strong, very accurate arm, so sending him with one out was a bold move from Ron Washington. Adrianza advanced to second on the throw, but Diaz got Kevin Smith to lineout to left field for the final out of the game.
Conforto has 41 outfield assists in his career, 21 of them coming from right field. Seven of those were double plays.