Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Mets for a $2.970 million bonus in June 2014.
Cranks 28th homer
OFNew York Mets
September 26, 2018
Conforto went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Braves.
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The blast was his ninth in September and 28th of the season, establishing a new career high for Conforto. The 25-year-old has been locked in to close out the season, hitting .309 (30-for-97) with 29 RBI in 24 games this month, and if he stays healthy, he seems primed for a big 2019.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+39%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+173%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .703 353 36 16 44 2 .215 .292 .411
Since 2016vs Right .863 1073 152 51 148 5 .260 .370 .493
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
2016vs Left .295 53 1 0 4 0 .104 .170 .125
2016vs Right .804 295 37 12 38 2 .242 .336 .469
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .817 694 89 34 91 3 .244 .350 .467
Since 2016Away .828 732 99 33 101 4 .253 .351 .477
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
2016Home .803 171 22 7 25 1 .235 .333 .470
2016Away .649 177 16 5 17 1 .206 .288 .361
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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
0.53
 
BB Rate
13.2%
 
K Rate
24.9%
 
BABIP
.289
 
ISO
.204
 
AVG
.243
 
OBP
.350
 
SLG
.448
 
OPS
.797
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Delivers two-run shot
OFNew York Mets
September 20, 2018
Conforto went 1-for-3 with three walks and a two-run home run Thursday against the Nationals.
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Delivers six RBI vs. Phillies
OFNew York Mets
September 17, 2018
Conforto went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and six RBI in Monday's victory over Philadelphia.
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Launches three-run homer vs. Phillies
OFNew York Mets
September 9, 2018
Conforto went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and four RBI in Sunday's 6-4 victory over Philadelphia.
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Two-run blast in loss
OFNew York Mets
September 5, 2018
Conforto went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer and a strikeout in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.
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Cranks two-run homer
OFNew York Mets
September 2, 2018
Conforto went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win against the Giants.
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