February 13, 2017
Conforto was drafted 10th overall by the New York Mets in the 2014 draft out of Oregon State. As a minor leaguer, Conforto was praised for his advanced approach and strong pitch recognition skills. Conforto earned a call up to the Mets in July 2015 after hitting .312/.396/.503 in the Eastern League with a 12% walk rate and 18% strikeout rate.
Conforto flashed signs of brilliance as a rookie in 2015, hitting .270/.335/.506 with a .236 ISO and 133 wRC+ in the regular season with the Mets against mostly right handed pitchers. His defense was better than advertised, and he took on the regular left field role against RHP while Yoenis Cespedes shifted to center field. He had impressive moments in the postseason, including a laser home run off Zack Greinke in the NLDS that was clocked in at 115 mph off the bat.
Conforto also hit two home runs in Game Four of the World Series, including a home run off left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy.