Mets take OF Michael Conforto with 10th overall pick

Posted: June 5, 2014 in Future Mets, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanphoto

With their first round pick in the 2014 MLB draft the New York Mets selected Oregon State OF Michael Conforto. Conforto He was ranked the eighth best player in the draft by Keith Law of ESPN. Law said he has very good plate disciple but is “a high-floor pick but without a huge ceiling because he’s limited to left field.”

Conforto, 21, batted .351 this season, his junior year, with a .506 OBP and .557 slugging percentage and is a two time Pac-12 Player of the Year. He is also a finalist for the Golden Spikes award, which is awarded to the best college player each year.

Conforto doesn’t have the upside of former Met first round picks like Dominic Smith and Brandon Nimmo but he should be able to move through the minor league system quickly. He projects as a middle of the order bat who should be good enough defensively in left field. The Mets can probably hide him in left field. As long as he hits it should be a good pick.

The Mets were deciding between Conforto, college SS Trea Turner and Hartford LHP Sean Newcomb.

Conforto brings something that not many teams in baseball have, left-handed power.

Mets scouting director Paul DePodesta was thrilled that Conforto was available to the Mets at 10. “This is a pretty polished college player” DePodesta said after the pick.

Of Sandy Alderson’s four first round picks as Mets General Manager, Conforto was the first college player selected. All four have been hitters but none are all that close to the big leagues.

The Mets will likely send Conforto to the Brooklyn Cyclones should he sign his professional contract quickly.Top bracket

What do you think of the Mets first round pick?

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