February 17, 2017
Fantasy Players to Target
Michael Conforto, New York Mets
After posting video game numbers more reminiscent of Cecil Fielder from Sega’s Sportstalk Baseball (still my favorite baseball video game of all time, don’t @ me) in the season’s early days, Conforto cratered, hitting .167 (.597 OPS) the rest of the way. The remaining days were sprinkled with a wrist injury, two separate Triple-A demotions, and a role as the team’s fifth outfielder down the stretch. To say it was a slight fall from grace would be akin to saying the Falcons were mildly disappointed with their fourth quarter performance in the Super Bowl.
Despite the finish to the season, there is reason for optimism for Conforto’s long term future. During his time in Vegas last summer, he proved without much doubt that he was overly qualified for the level, hitting .422/.483/.727, and striking out in only 12.6 percent of his 143 plate appearances. Much has been made about Conforto’s terrible big league numbers against lefties, (and they are terrible: .129/.191/.145 in 34 PA), with many wondering whether he’s just a strong-side platoon bat. Well I’m not so sure that’s the case either. As a minor leaguer, Conforto actually raked against lefties to a tune of .327/.404/.510. Yes, it’s much weaker competition, but the numbers at least provide a glimmer of hope that if given the opportunity, he could produce something better than his previous marks.