Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
7-Day IL
Injury Concussion
Est. Return 5/24/2019
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.
Feeling symptom-free
OFNew York Mets
Concussion
May 20, 2019
Conforto (concussion) has been symptom-free for the last three days, Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo! Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Conforto is feeling better after being diagnosed with a concussion last Thursday. While this is certainly positive news for the outfielder, the Mets have yet to determine the next step in his recovery process, leaving him without a return timeline. Conforto will be eligible to return from the 7-day injured list Friday, should he prove ready.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
28
4
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vs LHP
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#2
#3
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5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+38%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+39%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .769 349 41 18 45 3 .236 .312 .457
Since 2017vs Right .903 909 136 46 126 5 .269 .392 .511
2019vs Left .728 49 6 2 5 1 .244 .306 .422
2019vs Right 1.008 131 21 7 16 2 .283 .443 .566
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .857 594 80 32 79 2 .254 .369 .488
Since 2017Away .872 664 97 32 92 6 .264 .370 .502
2019Home 1.131 71 13 5 13 0 .315 .465 .667
2019Away .800 109 14 4 8 3 .244 .367 .433
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.
BB/K
0.77
 
BB Rate
16.7%
 
K Rate
21.7%
 
BABIP
.306
 
ISO
.250
 
AVG
.271
 
OBP
.406
 
SLG
.521
 
OPS
.926
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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To be re-evaluated Monday
OFNew York Mets
Concussion
May 17, 2019
Conforto (concussion) will be shut down from baseball activities for the next few days and is slated to be re-evaluated Monday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
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Heading to injured list
OFNew York Mets
Concussion
May 17, 2019
Conforto (concussion) will be placed on the 7-day injured list Friday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Diagnosed with concussion
OFNew York Mets
Concussion
May 16, 2019
Conforto was diagnosed with a concussion Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Removed following collision
OFNew York Mets
Undisclosed
May 16, 2019
Conforto exited Thursday's game against the Nationals after colliding with Robinson Cano, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
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Marlins-Mets postponed
OFNew York Mets
May 12, 2019
Conforto and the Mets won't play the Marlins on Sunday after the contest was postponed due to inclement weather in New York.
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