By Jerry Del Priore
Since the New York Mets called up left fielder Michael Conforto from AA Binghamton on July 24, the former Brooklyn Cyclones outfielder has raked to the tune of .278, six home runs and 20 RBI, with a .356 OBP and .878 OPS through 115 at-bats.
While the former Oregon State University product’s numbers might not blow away fantasy baseball players’ minds, remember, it’s just a small sample size for a player consider by many baseball insiders to have a high celling.
So, Conforto, the Mets first round selection in 2014, number 10 overall, could catch fire and improve upon his number, making him a solid pickup down the stretch for fantasy GMs looking for a difference maker.
Furthermore, Conforto seems to be playing well in the high-intensity atmosphere of the National League (NL) East pennant race.
I liked the six-foot-one, 215-pound 22-year-old prospect since I saw him debut with short-season A Cyclones. You could tell that he had a real clue at the plate, hitting the ball with authority all over the field, almost at will.
Conforto finished his first season in professional ball by slugging an impressive .331 with three long balls, 19 RBI, a .403 OBP and .448 OPS in 163 at-bats.
It’s hard to predict how a player will perform over a course of season, especially when it comes to picking him up for your roster or sitting him. But with the Mets up seven games in the standings, Conforto should see even more playing time, with manager Terry Collins and Mets’ brass getting even a better look at him for the future.
I’m not saying that New York has the division locked up (remember 2007 and ’08), but it’s a nice option to get a look at your future while still mattering in September.
So, pick Conforto up while you still have the chance. If not now, you’re sure to see him as a hot commodity for fantasy leagues down the line.