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Michael Conforto

Born: 03/01/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 215
Primary Position: LF
Thick build, maxed out physically; good weight presently but body could become an issue as he ages; carries weight well, very strong.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 05/06/2015
Dates Seen 4/27/15, 5/4/15, spring training
Affiliate St. Lucie Mets (High A, Mets)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2016 Low 55 50, major league regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Quiet stance; above-average bat speed, slight natural upper cut; attacks the ball with authority, looks to drive the ball; run-producer mentality; generally patient approach at the plate, but aggressive in run-producing situations, adjusts approach to situation, shows a plan and feel for game; looks comfortable against left-handed pitching, pulls off slightly against lefties, leaving the outer half exposed, but shouldn't have a major platoon split.
Power 55 Strong frame and and good bat speed make for above-average power potential; swing path leads to good loft on ball and carry, generates back spin; will drive ball to all fields, power potential not limited to pull side; looks to drive the ball, especially in hitter's counts.
Baserunning/Speed 40 More athletic than his body type would suggest, gets to top speed efficiently but overall straight-line speed is limited. 4.3 to first base.
Glove 50 Range limited because of speed, but gets good jumps and covers ground well; tracks the ball naturally; goes to the ground well.
Arm 40 Left-field only arm, quick release but below-average strength.

Conforto is an advanced bat that is already close to being a finished product. He understands his role in a lineup and looks to drive the ball. Doing so doesn't require him to over-swing, using his strength and frame to remain under control and manipulate the barrel within the strike zone. He can get beat inside with premium velocity, but it's not a significant issue. He also has some comfort issues with left-handed pitching, but no more than are typical for most left-handed hitters and not enough to force a platoon.

The player doesn't offer much value with his glove or legs, putting the pressure on his bat to carry the load. He's not a bad defender, but the lack of foot speed and arm strength limit him to left field, where he will be adequate at present but below-average as he ages. Conforto doesn't have any elite tools, but the combination of his strength and hitting talent make for a potential everyday bat in a corner outfield position.

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