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Saturday, July 29, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: MICHAEL CONFORTO OUTFIELDER NEW YORK METS

Talk about a tale of two summers.  Last year at this time, New York Mets sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto was struggling so badly that he was demoted back to the minors so as to save whatever bit of confidence he had remaining.  Fast forward to this summer and Conforto comes off a game Friday night where he hit TWO home runs that boosted his numbers to the following excellent totals:

.291
21 HR
54 RBI
59 R
2 SB

Clearly at the age of 24, Conforto is starting to find his place as a major league outfielder and as a hitter where he has operated out of the leadoff spot for most of 2017.  While Conforto doesn't have the speed you would think that makes him a good fit in the top spot, his .398 OBP is excellent as he has put up an absolutely tremendous 13.0 BB/9 rate that helps supplement the power.  And it is the power that is the calling card here as Conforto is the classic young slugger who seems destined for 30 homers on a yearly basis; a total he should reach by September.

So what changed here?  How has Conforto thrust himself into a solid OF 2 in 2017 fantasy baseball leagues?  Well as already noted, the walk rate is terrific as he adds to the runs total and also helps the batting average where Conforto struggled to the tune of a woeful .220 mark last season.  His 13.0 BB/9 is an improvement from the 10.0 mark he had in 2016 and while his 24.5 K/9 is still very high, it is better than the 25.6 from 2016.  Of course a .339 BABIP (in lucky territory) has helped but again Conforto is drawing walks and controlling the strike zone much better then he did last season.  The power remains extremely potent and perhaps most encouraging, Conforto fought through a rough June (.206 and 1 HR) to come back and post his big July (.313and 7 HR).  All in all, Conforto's prospect polish if fully back in play and his future is incredibly bright.


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