Michael Conforto

Michael Conforto

31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Conforto signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Giants in December of 2022 after missing the entire previous season because of a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery. It was a prove-it style of deal which Conforto was hoping to parlay into a multi-year pact after reestablishing himself as a power-hitting corner outfielder. Instead, he had to exercise the $18 million player option included in the agreement and will return to San Francisco with lingering questions about what kind of player he is and what kind of player he can be moving forward. Conforto held an .824 OPS across his first seven MLB seasons between 2015-21 before turning in just a .718 OPS in 2023. He hit 33 home runs over 151 games with the Mets in 2019 but has averaged only 20 homers for every 162 games played since the beginning of 2020. Outside of maybe OBP leagues, the current fantasy outlook here lacks a certain luster. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Giants in December of 2022. Exercised $18 million player option for 2024 in November of 2023.
Seen as everyday left fielder
OFSan Francisco Giants
February 19, 2024
Conforto is expected to handle an everyday role in left field, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Prior to the Jorge Soler signing, Conforto was projected as the designated hitter, but that has changed. It's still early in spring training, and there's a chance another outfielder could infringe on Conforto's role, namely Luis Matos. Blake Sabol also played some left field in 2023, but for now, it's Conforto's job to lose.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
6
40
20
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#8
#9
8
5
6
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2022
No Stats
2021
 
 
+36%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .591 248 26 4 24 2 .211 .306 .284
Since 2021vs Right .772 701 84 25 89 3 .244 .351 .421
2023vs Left .598 102 11 3 15 2 .219 .265 .333
2023vs Right .753 368 47 12 43 2 .245 .353 .400
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left .582 146 15 1 9 0 .205 .336 .246
2021vs Right .792 333 37 13 46 1 .243 .348 .444
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2022
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2021
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .697 457 48 12 55 1 .232 .335 .362
Since 2021Away .748 492 62 17 58 4 .238 .343 .405
2023Home .689 219 23 6 27 1 .234 .324 .365
2023Away .744 251 35 9 31 3 .243 .343 .402
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home .705 238 25 6 28 0 .230 .345 .360
2021Away .752 241 27 8 27 1 .233 .344 .408
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Stat Review
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.
  • BABIP
    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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
11.3%
 
K Rate
22.6%
 
BABIP
.284
 
ISO
.145
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.334
 
SLG
.384
 
OPS
.718
 
wOBA
.319
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.9%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
Expected BA
.245
 
Expected SLG
.416
 
Sprint Speed
22.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
45.4%
 
Line Drive %
16.4%
 
Fly Ball %
38.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Conforto's previous winter reminded us that baseball keeps good secrets. Conforto remained a free agent deep into the winter to the surprise of many outsiders until it was revealed that Conforto needed shoulder surgery to repair his labrum and he would miss the entire season. He had surgery on his front shoulder for his lefty swing which is normally an issue for hitters who have the surgery later in the year as it impacts their ability to get full extension on the swing. Conforto had his surgery early enough that he should be fully healed form the situation and hopefully be able to resume some level of power hitting after he signed with the Giants. The power numbers from 2017 to 2019 will likely skew expectations in the marketplace for what Conforto could do whereas a more realistic expectation coming off a missed season would be 15-20 homers with another healthy dose of walks. He is more valuable in the OBP formats given he has hit above .260 in just one full season.
Conforto's 2021 season was a major disappointment after he averaged nearly 30 homers the previous four seasons (prorated 2020 included). He missed some time in May and June with a hamstring injury. He wasn't exactly hitting before the injuries (.681 OPS), and the struggles (.607 OPS) continued after he returned from the IL through the end of July. From Aug. 1 on, he looked more like his old self with a .829 OPS. The season-long drop in production was a bit perplexing since he improved both his walks (10.3 BB% to 12.3 BB%) and strikeouts (24.5 K% to 21.7 K%). Compounding the issue is that he may end up on the strong side of a platoon since he can't hit lefties (career: .695 OPS vs LHP, .873 OPS vs RHP). He should be rostered with the expectation that he might need to be dropped if the playing time and/or talent does not return.
Conforto continues to make strides as a hitter. Way back in the day, there was pseudo-science around the Age 27 theory which pointed to many hitters having career years at age 27. It is a long-debunked theory, but that does not discredit what Conforto did at that age in the 2020 season. His 157 wRC+ was the eighth-best in the National League, and yet somehow Ryan Tepera received more MVP votes than Conforto did. The plate discipline skills have been remarkably consistent for a player in his mid-20s, but the career-best batting average was a big surprise. He did stop pulling the ball and used all fields, which is how DJ LeMahieu has done so well for the other New York team. Conforto's xBA came in at .284, and even that would have been a career-best batting average. Hitters that can hit the ball to all fields are tough to shift on, which allows for more hits to bleed through. This bears watching in 2021.
A quick glance at leading indicators, namely K%, BB% and average exit velocity, suggests a stagnation in Conforto's skills in his age-26 season, but there was some underlying growth. When Conforto did get fooled, he was able to make contact with those pitches out of the zone more often (63.4 O-Contact%). He trimmed his K% against left-handed pitching from 30.9% to 25.9% and hit .268 against offspeed pitches, up from .189 in 2018. Among 451 batters with at least 100 plate appearances, Conforto ranked 35th in xwOBA with a .367 mark, and his xwOBA on contact was up close to 30 points. A bonus for fantasy owners: Conforto was more active and efficient on the basepaths, stealing seven bags in nine attempts, matching his SB total from his first four seasons combined. There is still some platoon risk here, but Conforto has a strong skills base to prop up his floor and there may be another level to his game.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Slated for designated hitter duty
OFSan Francisco Giants
February 2, 2024
Conforto is in line to serve as the Giants' primary designated hitter in 2024, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Picks up $18M player option
OFSan Francisco Giants
November 6, 2023
Conforto exercised his $18 million player option for 2024 on Monday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Not in starting nine
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 30, 2023
Conforto will hit the bench Saturday against the Dodgers, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to bench
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 25, 2023
Conforto isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against San Diego, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Idle against southpaw
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 23, 2023
Conforto isn't in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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