2014 first round pick Michael Conforto was given high praise after the New York Mets selected him 10th overall in the draft. Conforto was rated as the best college hitter available, with some reporters speculating he could start as high as AA Binghamton in the Mets' minor league system. The Mets took a more conservative route for Conforto's first pro season, starting him with the short season Brooklyn Cyclones. Conforto has adjusted to that league very well, and his progress is the subject of this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.
Conforto has been a solid presence in the lineup for the Cyclones since he debuted on July 19th. Conforto is hitting .307 with two home runs and 17 RBI's in his first 34 games of professional baseball. Conforto has also shown a good eye at the plate, drawing 15 walks and striking out only 23 times in 142 plate appearances. Conforto isn't hitting for much power yet, but he does also have seven doubles to go with his two home runs.
Conforto's development could be rapid for the Mets. While Conforto is likely to remain with the Cyclones for the remainder of this season, his approach at the plate is very advanced. Conforto is likely to start next season with the High-A Port St. Lucie Mets, and could work his way up to AA Binghamton by the middle of 2015. Conforto could be a major league player as soon as 2016, and he could join a wave of talented young hitters that should reach the majors together for the Mets.
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