The New York Mets have had some pretty good players wear number 30. Or at least some memorable players. Josh Thole wore number 30 when he caught the only no-hitter in Mets history. Cliff Floyd wore it during his Mets stint. Mike Scott wore it to begin his great career. Even Nolan Ryan wore it to start his Hall of Fame career. Unfortunately Ryan and Scott did most of their great work elsewhere.
Despite some good competition, the best player to wear number 30 is the most recent player to wear it, Michael Conforto.
Michael Conforto is the best Mets player to wear number 30
Michael Conforto was called up in 2015 with very high expectations. The Mets were struggling mightily to score runs, and the former first round pick was expected to produce in a big way. He did that as Conforto had a four-hit game in just his second career game. He hit well during the regular season and even with some postseason struggles, he did have a multi home run game in Game 4 of the World Series.
Conforto might not have developed into the .300 hitter and superstar some might've expected him to be, but he did become a very good player. He was an all-star in 2017 and became a guy who you could pencil in to hit around 30 home runs. From 2017-2019 he averaged 29 home runs per season, hitting as many as 33 in 2019.
Conforto's Mets tenure came to a very disappointing end as he missed substantial time due to injury and hit just 14 home runs in 479 plate appearances.
Despite the bad season, I do wish the Mets brought him back on a short term deal. The Mets outfield is full of injury concerns and the Mets lack a big left handed power bat. Conforto would fit in perfectly, but I don't think that will happen.
If he had stayed, Conforto would've had a real shot at leading a lot of categories offensively in Mets franchise history. Despite only playing seven years he ranks seventh in franchise history with 132 home runs. A really good Mets career that resulted in him being one of the best outfielders in franchise history.