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Birth Date3-1-1993
Height6' 1"
Weight215 lbs
Age27 years, 6 months, 17 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2015 NYN 22 56 194 47 14 0 9 17 39 1 0 1 .270 .335 .506 116 4.4 0.6 2.8 1.3
2016 NYN 23 109 348 67 21 1 12 36 89 5 2 1 .220 .310 .414 90 -3.5 1.2 1.2 0.7
2017 NYN 24 109 440 104 20 1 27 57 113 8 2 0 .279 .384 .555 133 19.2 1.4 0.5 3.3
2018 NYN 25 153 638 132 25 1 28 84 159 7 3 4 .243 .350 .448 112 11.4 -4.2 -6.1 1.8
2019 NYN 26 151 648 141 29 1 33 84 149 10 7 2 .257 .363 .494 122 22.0 -0.3 6.3 4.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2014 BRO A- NYP 42 186 .261 .322 .368 .383 97 10.6 5.2 -1.3 158 0 0.9 1.9 4.9 1.2
2015 NYN MLB NL 56 194 .258 .323 .420 .297 89 11.4 5.2 -1.2 116 13 2.8 0.6 4.4 1.3
2015 SLU A+ FSL 46 206 .249 .310 .336 .294 101 7.5 5.5 -1.5 140 0 6.9 -1.7 3.8 1.4
2015 BIN AA EAS 45 197 .259 .319 .383 .368 98 12.1 5.3 -1.3 150 0 -0.1 -2.4 6.0 0.8
2016 NYN MLB NL 109 348 .255 .321 .421 .267 87 6 9.8 -2.3 90 9 1.2 1.2 -3.5 0.7
2016 LVG AAA PCL 33 144 .261 .329 .407 .446 110 19.6 4.0 -0.9 209 0 0.1 -1.1 13.9 1.6
2017 NYN MLB NL 109 440 .249 .321 .417 .328 93 34.9 12.9 -1.5 133 11 0.5 1.4 19.2 3.3
2017 SLU A+ FSL 1 5 .229 .310 .297 1.000 111 1.5 0.1 0 143 0 -0.3 0.1 0.2 0.0
2018 NYN MLB NL 153 638 .247 .319 .409 .289 90 25.2 17.9 -2.1 112 8 -6.1 -4.2 11.4 1.8
2019 NYN MLB NL 151 648 .250 .322 .429 .290 96 29.5 19.6 -5.2 122 5 6.3 -0.3 22.0 4.1

Statistics For All Levels

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2014 BRO A- NYP 186 163 30 54 10 0 3 73 19 16 29 3 0 .331 .403 .448 .117 2
2015 SLU A+ FSL 206 184 25 52 12 0 7 85 28 17 26 0 1 .283 .350 .462 .179 2 0
2015 BIN AA EAS 197 173 21 54 12 3 5 87 26 23 35 1 0 .312 .396 .503 .191 0 0
2015 NYN MLB NL 194 174 30 47 14 0 9 88 26 17 39 0 1 .270 .335 .506 .236 2 0
2016 NYN MLB NL 348 304 38 67 21 1 12 126 42 36 89 2 1 .220 .310 .414 .194 3 0
2016 LVG AAA PCL 144 128 30 54 8 2 9 93 28 13 18 2 2 .422 .483 .727 .305 0 0
2017 SLU A+ FSL 5 4 1 3 1 0 0 4 1 1 1 0 0 .750 .800 1.000 .250 0 0
2017 NYN MLB NL 440 373 72 104 20 1 27 207 68 57 113 2 0 .279 .384 .555 .276 2 0
2018 NYN MLB NL 638 543 78 132 25 1 28 243 82 84 159 3 4 .243 .350 .448 .204 4 0
2019 NYN MLB NL 648 549 90 141 29 1 33 271 92 84 149 7 2 .257 .363 .494 .237 5 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2015 741 0.4777 0.4305 0.7774 0.5989 0.2765 0.8491 0.6355 0.2226 -0.0014
2016 1404 0.4274 0.4409 0.7641 0.6183 0.3085 0.8706 0.6048 0.2359 0.0000
2017 1818 0.4549 0.4290 0.7090 0.5949 0.2906 0.8150 0.5278 0.2910 0.0000
2018 2642 0.4569 0.4319 0.7222 0.6147 0.2780 0.8208 0.5388 0.2778 0.0000
2019 2542 0.4662 0.4563 0.7284 0.6447 0.2918 0.7984 0.5934 0.2716 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2020 NYN $8,000,000
2019 NYN $4,025,000
2018 NYN $605,094
2017 NYN $554,904
2016 NYN $517,246
2015 NYN $
4 yrPrevious$5,702,244
5 yrPvs + Cur$13,702,244
5 yrTotal$13,702,244


Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 43 dBoras Corp.1 year/$8M (2020)

  • 1 year/$8M (2020). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/10/20 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.025M (2019). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$605,094 (2018). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/17.
  • 1 year/$517,246 (2016). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/4/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by NY Mets 7/24/15.
  • Drafted by NY Mets 2014 (1-10) (Oregon State). $2.9708M signing bonus (slot amount).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 45 10 2 0 2 5 10 0 0 .263 .364 .474 138 3.5 RF 0, 0.0
80o 30 6 1 0 1 4 7 0 0 .231 .333 .385 132 2.1 RF 0, 0.0
70o 19 5 1 0 1 2 5 0 0 .294 .368 .529 128 1.2 RF 0, 0.0
60o 10 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .111 .200 .111 125 0.6 RF 0, 0.0
50o 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 121 0.1 RF 0, 0.0
Weighted Mean300000100.000.000.0001220.2RF 0,0.0

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BP Chats

2020-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like better Matt Chapman or Alec Bohm? What about Conforto or Carlson? OBP League
(darielsantana from Santo domingo)
Matt Chapman by a good bit over Alec Bohm. More playable power and a lock at 3B long-term. He also receives a small boost in OBP formats.

Michael Conforto over Dylan Carlson ever so slightly in OBP (though I do prefer Carlson in AVG). Conforto plays two tiers up in OBP due to his 13% walk rates and .360 OBP. (Jesse Roche)
2019-11-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Kellenic performed so well that even if Díaz is back to his usual standard next season, the Mets will still regret it?
(sara from ca)
Flags fly forever, but they are gonna need to hang one. There's a range of regret here too. If Kelenic is just a good everyday outfielder, something along the lines of Michael Conforto, this looks different than it does if he's a perennial all-star or something. (Seattle Mariners Top 10 Chat)
2019-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a keep forever league with no salaries, I traded Yordan Alvarez for Trevor Williams earlier this year. I've been the laughingstock of the league ever since and no one will trade with me now because they all expect to get similar favorable deals. What's been your worst dynasty trade of 2019?
(Haddy from Minnesota)
At least it's not as bad as trading Yordan Alvarez for Josh Fields!

We all have those, and it's part of the fun/terribleness of dynasty. This season we thought we made out like bandits getting Wenceel Perez and Jhon Torres for Jorge Soler. Like three years ago I traded Rafael Devers, Jose Berrios, Michael Conforto for Nolan Arenado, which at the time looked like a no-brainer, but has not aged particularly well. (Mark Barry)
2019-07-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)Jacob DeGrom is a __, Pete Alonso is a __, Jeff McNeil is a __ and Michael Conforto is a __. (numerical grades)
(Dax from METS)
So the position players are all 6s (Alonso has projection past that, but we'll see how it plays out) to me. deGrom is an interesting case and Jarrett and I have discussed this for a while. We both agree that he's an ace, so then it comes down to wear you draw the line for an 8. By any WAR metric he's been a top five pitcher since 2015, Scherzer is the only one clearly better, than it's usually a tier of him, Sale, Greinke, Kershaw, Verlander. So while I tend to be more conservative with 8s than Jarrett, I think it's tough not to argue all those arms aren't 8s. But if you want to ding deGrom some for occasional durability issues and call him a high end 7, I get it. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-07-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)Michael Conforto: Trade, extend, or hold?
(Jared from NY)
So what do you do with an established plus regular? It's a skill set that should age all right. You have zero outfield depth in the minors. I'd extend him now, and the perception of his being down a bit might even make the numbers work for both side. I doubt Boras makes it easy, but that's also his job. The Mets might just view the window as 2020-21, but even then he's going to get paid in arb because of the counting stats so I don't see the harm in extending. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jarred Kelenic more Michael Conforto or Alex Ochoa?
(Doug from MT)
That's uh, a wide range. I have a free eyewitness up on him, and it's one of I believe only two public reports on him as a pro. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-09-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who do I keep in my dynasty league at the end of the year? Michael Conforto or Mallex Smith?
(Dearns from Wigan, UK)
Conforto. (Mike Gianella)
2018-07-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)What are you doing with Michael Conforto at this point in the season? Do you think his long term trajectory has substantially changed with his struggles?
(Charlie from San Jose)
I think his struggles are entirely attributable to (1) not being fully healthy and (2) the way his organization has jerked him around. Those seem like problems which should get solved, but both issues are likely to prevent him from reaching his ceiling as long as he stays in the Mets organization. There might not be a player in the majors who would benefit more from a change of scenery than Conforto. (Scooter Hotz)
2018-07-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)What's Brandon Nimmo's true talent level? Dude has a 125 wrc+ across 600 PA. Similarly, what is Michael Conforto's?
(Alan from Danbury)
Nimmo's career line is .258/.370/.442; I would probably actually give him a bit more average and pop than that projecting forward. I've been throwing out Shin Soo Choo comps for a long time as a potential upside, and it looks like he might be turning into that kind of player, right down to being an outfield tweener and ideally getting the flu against tough lefties.

I sort of answered Conforto earlier, but I think he's pretty close to 2017 if he's healthy. These should be building block players for a competent franchise... (Jarrett Seidler)
2018-04-20 12:00:00 (link to chat)Gun to your head—when does vladdy see the majors? (Sorry about the gun, it’s not loaded)
(Sammy from Trenton)
So there is absolutely a scenario where the Jays are in the midst of a Wild Card race on like July 20th. Vladito got promoted to AAA a few weeks earlier and is mashing there still. Donaldson's shoulder is still an issue. What would you do? This isn't dissimilar to what happened with the Sox and Devers last year, or the Mets with Michael Conforto in 2015. Guys like this can set their own timetable if you let them. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Peter Alonso is going bananas. Will the Mets call him up this year or pretend he has defensive liabilities in order to stall his clock?
(Peach from GA)
It's really tough to say with the Mets and their front office. I agree with Jarrett Seidler's statement on the For All You Kids Out There podcast that bringing him up early and letting him sink or swim might give the Mets the most information early ... but I think it'll be July before the Mets are willing to cut bait on Adrian Gonzalez.

Look, I too want Alonso to be Rhys Hoskins. (Even though he's a University of Florida guy.) But with so many options (good or no) at or near the majors in Wilmer Flores, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith, and Gonzalez, I absolutely see the Mets slow-playing Alonso until this fall, even though it's probably not best for business. (Bryan Grosnick)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)If Hiura's arm is no longer a problem, is therethere a chance he could see time in Milwaukee this season? Dude can hit!
(Alan from pomona, ca)
I don't think he will come QUITE that fast, but there could be parallels here with the Mets and Michael Conforto in 2015 if the opportunity presents itself. If it's a playoff race and Villar is hurt or scuffling in August and Hiura is hitting .330 in Double-A...what would you do? (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-01-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can we expect from Michael Conforto and Alex Reyes in 2918 as both are coming off significant injuries? Are there concerns going forward? If you had to pick one over the other, for 2018 and beyond, who would you choose?
(Boomer from Philippines)
We've generally heard positive reports on both coming off their surgeries. But with Reyes we just know what the process is supposed to look like. We have a frame of reference. We've seen people come back from TJ and be fine. There really isn't a comp for Conforto's injury. So there's added uncertainty there. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-11-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many games does Michael Conforto play next year?
(Dax from Nyc)
O/U line is set at 69.5 games (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-09-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff - thanks for the chat! Earlier in the year I offered Andrew Benetendi for Michael Conforto in my keeper. I'm sure glad I got turned down! What does your crystal ball have in store for both in 2018?
(matzabal from CO)
I'm buying Benintendi long term although I suppose you could term his 2017 a mild disappointment if you were so inclined. I think he will have a few seasons at his peak where he is .320/.380/.500, and a few more like his 2017. Conforto is incredibly volatile now until we see how he recovers from shoulder surgery. It's a traumatic injury and can have serious long term effects. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Schwarber struck out 3 times last night in Des Moines. looks absolutely lost at the plate. can you compare this to another guy in recent past who was hot, then struggled like this but bounced back?
(BC from Urbandale)
As with all Kyle Schwarber questions, the answer is always Michael Conforto, somehow. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-05-15 17:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, first time long time. Is Michael Conforto the greatest player in the league or the greatest of all time? Thanks, I'll hang up and listen.
(Nick Stellini from NJ)
He's no Mike Trout, but he's getting there.

How could anyone be better than Jeter? (Mike Gianella)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is checking BABIP, hard hit percentages, HR/FB ratios, etc. and comparing those to career numbers an acceptable quick and dirty way to scout the statline with major league hitters? Besides "use all information and correctly account for all context" what's the best way a regular fan can find some useful info.
(ayzzya from Beez in the trap)
There's another question that touches on this in queue as well. This may be my ignorance, but I'm not completely sold on hard-hit percentages as an indicator of things at a point in time. Earlier I pointed out that McCutchen has a really low BABIP. That's been shown to be unlikely to persist, so he's likely to get better. Michael Conforto, it's great to see him finally play, but his one-of-three HR/FB is not sustainable. I'm just now sure yet of hard-hit percentages. If you hit balls a bunch of screaming liners right at fielders, yeah, it's bad luck, and it should change. But if you're hitting 105 mph into the ground, you've got a problem that's not necessarily going to get better.

So yeah, in general, looking for sharp changes from career norms are an acceptable Q&D. Just not sure about batted ball speed. As for sources, the three sites everybody uses are our stats page, Baseball-Reference, and FanGraphs. All of them have a wealth of information. That's how I knew, for example, that Bautista's contact rate has fallen off a table--I looked it up. It's amazing how much is available these days. (Rob Mains)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)You buying into "Michael Conforto, budding superstar?" Or do you think he settles into a 3 WAR kind of guy?
(Hen from Ny)
I don't think he's quite THIS good, but I'd split the difference and call him a role 6/4-win type that has a couple all-star seasons in there. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Michael Conforto is a lefty slugging .700 but only pulling the ball 25% of the time. Has there ever been anyone like that? Is this *remotely* sustainable?
(Erick from Jersey)
He has incredibly strong forearms, and it's 60 raw oppo. Obviously .700 isn't sustainable, but he could have some seasons where he hits 25-30 bombs with plenty of doubles. That probably gets ya .500-.550. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-03-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Aaron, I asked this question to Jeff last week and am curious what you think. Michael Conforto has been a widely talked about player recently, but he is no longer prospect eligible. In an effort to gauge his value and standing relative to others, about where do you think he'd place on most top 100s if eligible?
(Al from NU)
I still like Conforto a lot, long term. Jeffrey would know way better in terms of his hypothetical prospect stock, but I'd speculate maybe somewhere in the 25-40 range? (Aaron Gleeman)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aaron Judge or Michael Conforto and why?
(Jay from Left)
Conforto. Judge's frame is scary good AND scary bad. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-03-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)What is your outlook on Domingo Santana? Sleeper/someone to target?
(Craig from Rio)
Haha, well, do we ever have a podcast for you. Understandable, but we rarely miss an opportunity to jock Domingo Santana. The outlook has dimmed a little since 2016, now that he's a corner bat, and not a great one, but he still has a tremendous amount of potential, and should be receiving some of the same praise/consternation as the similar Michael Conforto. (Ben Murphy, Ian Lefkowitz and Jared Weiss)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)Where would Michael Conforto and Gary Sanchez have fit on this list if eligible?
(Steve from Maine)
I'm trying to think of a good argument against Gary Sanchez at #1. I don't know that I have one.

Conforto I said would be top five at midseason, if you just assume he never gets called up last year, or gets sent back down post-Cespedes trade, and keeps doing the same thing in the minors. Let's assume he gets that same late season cup of coffee and post an .817 OPS in September. I don't think he's that far off Benintendi. The actual truth is a little more complicated of course. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)It seems that Michael Conforto is likely to spend much of the season at AAA with Jay Bruce being named the Mets starting right fielder for the upcoming season. What type of numbers do you see Conforto putting up in the minors?
(Max B from New York)
Unless he's bored/frustrated Conforto will put up big numbers at Las Vegas because he's a good hitter and Las Vegas is Las Vegas. Not sure why his triple-slash there matters tho, unless you're in a Triple-A fantasy league, in which case I want in. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of numbers can we expect from Keon Broxton this season? A real breakout or just a tease? Is he keepable over Michael Conforto who the Mets keep jerking around and may start the year in the minors?
(The Banker from Philippines (temporary))
I think Broxton is a little bit scary as a proposition due to his contact and strikeout rate, which make him an average risk. That said, I like him a lot more than I like Conforto for 2017 because, as you noted, Broxton is going to play and Conforto probably won't unless the Mets experience multiple catastrophic injuries in the outfield. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of player do you see Michael Conforto becoming? 3-4WAR guy?
(Destiny from NJ)
I kind of hope so, though frankly I think it's unlikelier by the day thanks to platoon splits and stubborn management. He strikes me as the kind of guy who needs a spell in the minors to work stuff out, but who is just good enough that he doesn't need one to be useful in a lineup. If nothing changes, I think he has a couple of 3-4 WAR seasons as a peak, but hovers around 1-2. (Trevor Strunk)
2016-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mets are saying Michael Conforto is untouchable? Is this posturing or do you think they really see him as a role 6 guy for the next 5+ years. How wide do you think the gap is between Conforto and Benintendi?
(Thon from BK)
I think the front office probably does. They did after all draft him in the first round only two years ago. You'd probably have to talk to the manager though.

I've sort of written about this before, but if Conforto was still "a prospect" and spent most of the year obliterating the PCL as he did in his stints there in 2016, he'd be a top five prospect in baseball. I suspect Benintendi will be there as well. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)If Michael Conforto was never called up until this past September, where would we be seeing him on prospect lists this offseason?
(Lawrence from Queens)
My colleague and co-host Jeffrey Paternostro and I have pondered this on the podcast a few times, Jeffrey wrote a fake article on it for BP Mets, and I had to ponder it for the Mets U25, so there's a lot of thought into this one.

I think easily global top ten, and probably top five, because based on his MLB and limited Triple-A numbers he'd have really destroyed the PCL to a level we haven't seen a ton had he spent a full year there. Would he be that far off Andrew Benintendi? Would he even be ahead? (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Aaron Judge or Michael Conforto and why?
(Glenn from Riverbrook)
I think I got this last chat too. It's still Conforto because he's been way better at the same levels and isn't particularly outclassed in tools. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jarrett, better chance of starting a hypothetical Game 163 for the Mets: Michael Conforto or Alejandro de Aza?
(JP from Rural CT)
Hi Jeffrey! It's de Aza, right? Pretty good chance they're facing Bumgarner, and Conforto doesn't start against lefties, and I can see Collins playing for defense.

I want to cry reading that paragraph back. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who is Michael conforto. What kind of player will he be in 2017 and beyond? I have no clue what to make of him at this point
(Aaron from Nj)
I think Michael Conforto is an above-average MLB COF that needs a manager that's going to play him for 150 games and stop messing around. I don't see any indication Terry Collins is that manager.

As of right now, he probably needs to be a CF to have a MLB regular role breaking camp on the 2017 Mets, and even at that Collins would platoon him with Lagares. It's turning into a bad situation and at some point you start wondering what happened that we don't know about. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Michael Conforto. WIll he be good?
(Ester from MK)
Okay, let's take the Conforto question. I think Conforto has plenty left to show us. I'm buying a solid bounce-back year from him in 2017. Here's what I also think: his ceiling is just not what Mets fans peg it to be. And that's totally okay, because I think every fanbase develops loyalty to some of their guys in kind of a unique way. I think Conforto's got plenty of seasons of solid OF3 performance with a bit of upside in some hot months ahead of him, and Mets fans should bank that, celebrate his successes, and enjoy what he brings to the ballclub, even if that's not middle-of-the-order all-star caliber performance. (Will Haines)
2016-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see in Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo for the Mets?
(Francisco from Georgetown)
Conforto I see being a lot more impactful, though I don't think that is news at this point. Conforto I believe is really a player, I think in a 'long game' type of way he'll be fine. (Adam McInturff)
2016-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aaron Judge or Michael Conforto? How many WAR do you see each averaging over 2017-2020?
(Frank from GA)
Not answering in strict WAR, but that's still a tough question. I keep almost just typing Conforto and then coming up with points in Judge's favor. A big reason behind the pro-Judge stuff is playing in that park, and how many more short-porch hooks I think he can drive out of there. (Adam McInturff)
2016-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aaron Judge or Michael Conforto?
(Asher from CP)
I mean, I too wish to be excited about Judge. But PECOTA still projects a better RoS True Average for Conforto (.275) over Judge (.270), and Conforto in his "bad" 2016 campaign has still been an above league-average hitter. If the Mets keep screwing with sending MC up and down, anything could happen. But unless you're talking about the rest of this particular season, I'd rather have Conforto. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-08-01 16:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts how the Met's Outfield shakes out. No center fielder and it seems like Conforto mainly to the bench. Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?
(Rick from Chicago)
Likely going to be Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, and Yoenis Cespedes with Granderson in center. I suspect Michael Conforto cycles in to give all three rest from time to time. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but the Mets haven't cared about defensive metrics - at least not the public ones that we all see - for the last two years. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)How many WAR/year will Michael Conforto average over the next 5 seasons?
(Alex from NY)
Wouldn't be shocked if he was averaged out to a 4 WARP player (Wilson Karaman)
2016-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your tweet about "every team having a Michael Conforto" has become something of a meme at Amazin Avenue. I know you've spoken about how your were wrong about him before, but I was wondering what, if anything, in particular has impressed you about him since he came up to the big leagues? What about him do you think you, and most of the scouting and prospect writing community, missed in you initial evaluations of him?
(someguynamedkenn from New Jersey )
What I missed: that he would be an average or better defensive outfielder, and that he would find this much power. What others missed: You'd have to ask them. The consensus seems to be that he has outdeveloped the tools scouts saw in college. I wonder if guys with short, strong swings, like him and Schwarber, have their potential disguised somewhat by college ball and the bats there. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you re-drafted the 2014 draft right now, regardless of team need, what would the first 5 picks be in order? Schwarbs #1? Turner, Rodon, Conforto, Newcomb? Maybe Nola in there?
(Q-Ball from Chicago)
So many good options. I do probably go Kyle Schwarber at No. 1, but I'd probably lean on Michael Conforto at No. 2 before even Turner or Rodon. That dude can *hit*. I'm big on Bradley Zimmer, so definitely some combo of him, Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner to round out my five. Poor Tyler Kolek. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-02-25 12:00:00 (link to chat)Any good comps for Michael Conforto?
(Riley from AK)
Can I get back to you on this? I have to ask the 29 other scouting directors who their Michael Conforto is. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)Who's a good comp for Michael Conforto?
(Peyman from AZ)
I'm not a big fan of (read: not good at) making comps. It's tough to find a player who achieves approximate value using the same skills in a similar way. No one's jumping off the page at me for Conforto. Sorry for punting. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Where would Syndergaard and Conforto been on these lists had they not lost their rookie status, like Matz?
(Alan from Oregon)
I'd personally have Syndergaard as the no. 1 or 2 pitching prospect. Between him and Giolito, it's a very close call to me, and I wouldn't have much compunction putting Thor at 1. It's my belief that BP employees should never express an opinion on Michael Conforto ever again. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hypothetically, had Michael Conforto not reached rookie status in 2015, where could we expect to see him on top 100 prospect lists?
(Ernie from Michigan)
Top 20-25 range...He was inside the top-100 coming into last year... (George Bissell)
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Mike can you help w keepers? Pick 5 conforto, grichuk, Cesar Hernandez, parra, Sano, am Ramos, severino, stroman. All last round except Ramos (16). 5x5 roto. Thanks!!!
(Matt from Chicago )
I would go Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano, Marcus Stroman, Luis Severino, and Grichuk. (Mike Gianella)
2015-12-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many Michael Conforto's will be moved during the meetings?
(Kevin Brown from NY)
One. Maybe two. It's so hard to tell anymore. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Matt, I was just wondering if you could list who each team's Michael Conforto is and when you expect them to be called up.
(M.Zaun from NumbahOne)
M is referring to this Tweet of mine from July (, in which I defended the prospect team's decision not to rank Conforto among the top 50 prospects in baseball by explaining what I understood to be his limitations. He's grown beyond some of those. He's a better player than many on the BP staff, and certainly than I, thought he would be.
That said, keep Conforto in perspective, folks. If you gave us another crack at that midseason 50 list, he'd probably make it, but he wouldn't be above, for instance, Aaron Judge (13th) or Nick Williams (21st). Even Stephen Piscotty (40th, and maybe also rated too low; his power developed so very late in his overall developmental arc) has a case for being above Conforto. Still, M's snark isn't unfounded. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Michael Conforto the Mets everyday Leftfielder next year?
(Paul from DC)
I think so. Honestly, the outfield thing they landed on at the end of the year-Conforto and Lagares sliding in and out of the lineup as Cespedes drifts between left and center, based on platoon matchups-wasn't bad. If they bring Cespedes back, they ought to do the same thing in 2016. If not, Conforto's the guy for left field. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Living in the NY listening area, I am bombarded with Michael Conforto this and that. The hype is off the charts and I hope he is still at Binghamton when they come to NB next week to see for myself. The word is that he is strictly a LF but that rocket he unleashed Sunday looked like it could play in RF. Where do you sit?
(oldbopper from New Britain, CT)
First, I hate to be "this guy" but that throw wasn't THAT great, it was accurate and had some mmph but I don't think he has the arm strength to be more than a left fielder. That said, the offensive profile is really, really impressive; he's so patient, and if you watch him take BP you know there's plus power from the left side. I think he can help the Mets this year. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Michael Conforto have 20 HR power? Is a .280 AVG and 20 HR's just about his ceiling?
(Austin from Phoenix)
20 homers is probably his ceiling, and he'll need to reach it to be a first division regular because he doesn't offer much defensively or on the bases. (Jeff Moore)
2015-04-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Michael Conforto has been the most dominant hitter in high A ball to start the year. How quickly do you think his path could be to the majors? What is his upside?
(agetting from Queens)
Hit tool first, limited power LF profile. Its' valuable but not an All-Star type player and I think we could see him in 2016 possibly. (CJ Wittmann)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)I have pick 1.12 in our dynasty's first year player draft. Players I'm targeting in that range who may be available are Bradley Zimmer, Michael Conforto, and Trea Turner. Who would you rather have on your dynasty team between those three players? Thanks!
(Greg from Arizona)
Trea Turner is a lock to stick at short and he can provide elite speed. If he can cut down on his swing a bit he's going to be a very good player, I'd rather have him from this group. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Michael Conforto deal is supposedly "done" but not finalized. What are the odds that "done" ends up not happening at all?
(Matt from Concord, NH)
I don't see that happening. Conforto -- even if he takes below "slot" value -- is getting more money picked where he was than he was slated to get and more than he'll get if he goes back to school. I think that deal gets done; just like almost every first rounder. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)I remember reading that you loved Michael Conforto, what about him did you love and what should Mets fans expect?
(Skinny Pete from Albuquerque )
Quick hands and a solid base. The kid just hits. And its easy. Don't expect huge power but the avg will be there along with consistency. I tend to not like college bats but Conforto is the real deal. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bradley Zimmer, Michael Conforto, or Derek Fisher. Who and in what order do you take for fantasy purposes?
(Eric from Portland)
I unfortunately don't have much knowledge of all three. I know most about Zimmer, but that doesn't automatically make him the best of that bunch. (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for doing this awesome draft day chat Nick. Really appreciate it. I'm a big Mets fan. What are your thoughts on Michael Conforto? If you had to estimate, what would be his ETA? What's his scouting report? Thanks again Nick. These chats are great. Can't really find this info anywhere else.
(Mike from NY)
Here's the write-up from my corner outfield preview (

"Conforto mashed his way through the regular season, slashing .364/.518/.578, drawing 50 walks to 35 strikeouts over 250 plate appearances. There's more pull-side power in the bat than his seven home runs would indicate, and he gets to it easy thanks to a pronounced uppercut in the swing and raw strength that allows him to generate easy lift and carry. The tradeoff is a diminished overlap of swing and pitch plane due to the barrel's quick passage through the hit zone. He can struggle adjusting to secondaries away, and there is risk the hit tool will lag at the next level as he is more consistently challenged with quality off-speed stuff.

Defensively it's a left field profile whose nose for the ball outdistanced the physical tools he uses to chase them down. He's a below-average runner with average arm strength that should be able to provide adequate defense at the seven spot, but lacks the arm for right or the coverage for center. He profiles as a power-first middle-of-the-order bat capable of 25-plus home runs a year. While the on-base production this spring has been staggering, the walks will likely drop some as more advanced arms challenge him in the zone. He could come off the board in the top 15 picks and is a lock for first round selection."

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2014-05-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets are being consistently linked with Michael Conforto, but I find myself skeptical of that. While they will not necessarily take a 4th HS position player in a row, I do believe that if they are taking a college one they would go for one they could project to be an everyday outfielder. So is Conforto actually capable of being an average left fielder or do you find it unlikely that the Mets like him as much as reported?
(AMetsGuy from NYC)
Conforto is definitely capable of holding down an everyday left field job and I can buy the bat as worthy of top 10 consideration. That doesn't mean the Mets are locked in on him, but it's a defensible selection. (Pre-Draft Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
2014-05-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)If you were drafting for the Mets, would you take Michael Conforto, Trea Turner or Sean Newcomb and why?
(Mr. Must See TV from Not Anywhere Near Citi Field)
I like Newcomb, Conforto, Turner in that order. Newcomb isn't a front-ender for me, but he has a lot of room to maneuver in that mid-rotation slotting, giving him a good shot to stick there long term. Conforto's swing carries a little too much risk for me compared to Newcomb, and Turner doesn't have a strong enough defensive profile to make up for the big hit tool questions. (Pre-Draft Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)If I remember correctly, what caused Trout to drop, and caused some scouts to have concerns over Buxton, was the quality of competition they faced. I've read the same with Kodi Medeiros this year. My question is, aren't scouts smart enough to focus on the actual tools and not the results? Why would level of competition matter so much? If a guy has plus-plus bat speed, wouldn't a scout be able to see that, who cares if he hits 20 HRs in Idaho or 7 in California?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Not all that similar scenarios or situations between the three. No one got to see Trout because he played in a cold weather town. Buxton was regarded as the best prospect in the draft class, but some thought he was more raw as a prospect. Medeiros has electric stuff, but there are legit concerns of whether he can hold it over a start.

Competition matters because evaluating hitters is ridiculously difficult and competition they are facing matters more than the competition a pitcher is facing. No one is going to get fired for drafting Michael Conforto and his ridiculous triple slash line in a major college conference. (Ron Shah)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Trea Turner, Michael Gettys, and Michael Conforto are 5 tool players. I've read negatives on all three. Who is the best of the bunch or is there someone better? A theoretical 5 category player.
(Vic from Dumfries)
You can dream on Gettys for days. So many tools. (Ronit Shah)

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