The sophomore jinx was in full effect for New York Mets outfield prospect Michael Conforto last year, as the 2015 darling was nothing but a colossal bust once April was in the books. Having spent next-to-no-time in the minors after being selected by the Mets in the first round of the 2014 draft, the lack of seasoning on the farm became evident last season as opposing pitchers began to exploit the apparent holes in his swing. As a result, Conforto began to press like crazy and saw his K/9 rate skyrocket to a shoddy 25.6. A demotion to the minors soon ensued during the early summer and the season was pretty much a disaster despite being called back up in September. A .220 cumulative batting average was the end result for Conforto and now he has to try and push the bad memories of last season behind him. As far as 2017 is concerned, Conforto remains highly regarded in and around baseball due to his powerful swing and good patience at the dish. That will eventually translate to 20-plus home runs and a decent average but you have to wonder if the scars from 2016 will linger a bit into this season. Remember that Conforto doesn’t turn 24 until March and that means his vastly depressed draft price could make him a huge post-hype sleeper candidate.
2017 PROJECTION: .266 16 HR 63 RBI 56 R 2 SB