All throughout the winter I have told you all not to give up on sweet-swinging New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto who looks like as big as post-hype sleeper about to make good as I have seen this season. Yes Conforto was brutal once April was in the books last season but the kid deserves a mulligan given the fact he had very little seasoning at the minor league level before the Mets rushed him to the majors in 2015. That showed when he struggled to adjust through a slump in the middle of 2016 and it helped get him sent back to the minors. However Conforto is universally lauded in the baseball circle and his future projections by almost everyone has him as a 25-homer guy with a .280-.300 average. He got his spring off to a nice start by homering in the team's exhibition opener and now we get word that Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is already dealing with back pain. Keep in mind Duda missed half of 2016 with ongoing back trouble and we could be looking at a chronic thing here. With Duda's status very iffy, the opportunity is there for Conforto take hold of the starting first base job which will add versatility to his name and also get his bat into the lineup. The Mets outfielder is very crowded with Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, and Yoenis Cespedes and so Duda missing games is the only way Conforto will play at a consistent basis. The stock on Conforto is pointing up and this could get very promising indeed.