When news broke that the Mets drafted Oregon State OF Michael Conforto with their 10th overall pick last night, I happened to be on a bus filled with college baseball players, so I asked what they thought of him.
“The dude’s legit,” said a coach. “He’s going to be very good.”
“He’s the best hitter in college baseball,” said a pitcher on the team.
In his career at Oregon State, .341/.463/.560 with 31 home runs, 116 BB versus 119 K in 659 at bats. He seems at this point to be a the power outfield bat that the Mets’ system desperately needs. While bats like Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith and Kevin Plawecki have performed well this year, Conforto adds a legit power bat to the mix, and deepens the farm system.
His ceiling is probably not as high as some other players who were available, but he offers reward of being more polished. All scouting reports point to Conforto being a good power threat at the major league level, although he’ll probably never win a gold glove or win a batting title.
What are your thoughts on the pick? Do you like it? Did you want somebody else?