Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017, Conforto was initially expected to miss at least the first month of 2018. He pleased fantasy managers when he pushed through his rehab and missed only the first five games, but in hindsight, a longer recovery time would have been beneficial. Though he avoided setbacks with the shoulder, Conforto struggled to regain power in the first half and delivered a .150 ISO, 116 points lower than his 2017 mark. Fortunately, he seemed to be all the way back in peak form from mid-July on, raising his hard-hit rate nearly five percentage points en route to a .895 post-break OPS. With no injury concerns clouding his 2019 outlook, Conforto looks poised to keep his career on an upward trajectory. The fact that a compromised version of Conforto actually performed better against lefties (122 wRC+) than he did while ostensibly healthier the year before (94 wRC+) offers additional reason to be bullish. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.03 million contract with the Mets in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Day off Friday
OFNew York Mets
September 27, 2019
Conforto is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the Braves.
Conforto started the last 11 games and has a .948 OPS with three home runs, 10 RBI and 10 walks during that stretch, but he'll take a seat for the final series opener of the season. Juan Lagares will start in center field Friday, pushing Brandon Nimmo to right.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .747 493 52 22 66 3 .238 .314 .432
Since 2017vs Right .901 1233 188 66 176 9 .266 .383 .518
2019vs Left .701 193 17 6 26 1 .241 .316 .385
2019vs Right .926 455 73 27 66 6 .264 .382 .544
2018vs Left .803 191 23 10 28 2 .249 .330 .473
2018vs Right .794 447 55 18 54 1 .241 .358 .436
2017vs Left .729 109 12 6 12 0 .212 .284 .444
2017vs Right 1.012 331 60 21 56 2 .303 .417 .595
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OPS at Home
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .862 819 111 45 112 6 .256 .365 .497
Since 2017Away .849 907 129 43 130 6 .258 .362 .488
2019Home .934 296 44 18 46 4 .274 .382 .552
2019Away .792 352 46 15 46 3 .243 .347 .445
2018Home .682 289 31 11 30 1 .211 .311 .371
2018Away .895 349 47 17 52 2 .271 .381 .514
2017Home 1.000 234 36 16 36 1 .292 .410 .590
2017Away .871 206 36 11 32 1 .264 .354 .517
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How does Michael Conforto compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Conforto was establishing himself as one of the game's most exciting young outfielders before a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder ended his season in August. He hit over .300 in three separate months of the campaign and boosted his walk rate for the season to 13 percent. As a 24-year-old, Conforto ranked 30th in barrel rate with 7.5 Brls/PA (min. 190 batted-ball events), which resulted in a .557 xSLG and .276 ISO. His HR/FB rate was inflated to a great extent at 27.3 percent, and his struggles against lefties continued (.212/.284/.444), but Conforto looks like the real deal against righties and there is hope that he will improve with more exposure to southpaws. Unfortunately, Conforto may not be ready for the start of 2018 after undergoing surgery on his shoulder in September. Expect the Mets to give Conforto another chance to play every day once he's healthy.
Conforto has potential as he's exhibited solid plate skills in the minors with extra-base power. However, these have yet to translate to the major league level, in large part due serious deficiencies against lefty pitching. After a strong April (1.118 OPS), Conforto struggled the next two months (.519 OPS) was demoted in late June. He was recalled just after the All-Star break, hitting well initially but ultimately landing back at Triple-A Las Vegas in August. There was some hope that Conforto's early scuffles were a result of a sore wrist but his failure to produce in his second big league stint suggested otherwise. He returned for the final month, hitting a meek .236 in 38 at-bats with one homer. It doesn't help that Las Vegas is one of the best hitting environments in the minors, artificially boosting numbers, and expectations. Conforto's 2017 role is unclear, but he'll try to win a job in the outfield or first base this spring.
Yoenis Cespedes receives a lot of the credit for the Mets' second-half offensive surge, but Conforto's contributions cannot be overlooked. After his July 24 arrival from Double-A, Conforto quickly emerged as a valuable source of power, smacking 23 extra-base hits in 174 at-bats, while maintaining a near-league-average contact rate. Sure, he may have benefited from limited exposure to left-handed pitching (14 at-bats), and the average could fall if he moves into an everyday role in left field with Michael Cuddyer retired, but Conforto did not have dramatic lefty/righty splits in his two minor-league seasons. In fact, he had slightly better numbers against lefties (.904 OPS) than against righties (.897 OPS) with Binghamton prior to his callup. Given what he did in his first exposure to big-league pitching, his age and handle of the strike zone, there is reason to think he will continue to thrive with a full season's worth of at-bats near the middle of the Mets' lineup.
Conforto was drafted as a bat-first outfielder with the 10th overall pick in 2014 out of Oregon State. He won’t be ranked highly on national prospect lists as he profiles as a left fielder, but the impact potential on offense is real. He slashed .331/.403/.448 with three home runs in 186 plate appearances at short season Brooklyn, and figures to start 2015 at Low-A. Entering his age-22 season, Conforto has a chance to move fast. Considering defense won’t be a primary focus and given his hit and power tools, which both project as plus, he could get to Double-A by the end of the season, with a chance to debut with the Mets in the summer of 2016. At his peak, Conforto could provide a .285 average with 25 home runs, so he should be targeted in the early rounds of dynasty leagues this year.
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Keeps team alive with bat
OFNew York Mets
September 25, 2019
Conforto went 3-for-4 with a walk, two home runs and four RBI in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Marlins.
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Heads to bench
OFNew York Mets
September 14, 2019
Conforto is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Smashes 30th homer
OFNew York Mets
September 12, 2019
Conforto went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, walk and three runs in an 11-1 victory against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
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Sitting Wednesday
OFNew York Mets
September 11, 2019
Conforto is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
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Sets new career high in homers
OFNew York Mets
September 7, 2019
Conforto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-4 win over the Phillies.
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