Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.03 million contract with the Mets in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Homers for second straight day
OFNew York Mets
April 17, 2019
Conforto went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.
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It was the second straight day with a homer for Conforto, and he also has six consecutive games with a hit. Conforto is off to a very strong start with a .324 batting average, five homers, 11 RBI, 16 runs and two steals in 71 at-bats over 18 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
1
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1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+72%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+39%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .771 327 39 17 43 2 .238 .312 .459
Since 2017vs Right .909 834 127 43 118 5 .273 .390 .519
2019vs Left .719 27 4 1 3 0 .269 .296 .423
2019vs Right 1.238 56 12 4 8 2 .356 .482 .756
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+76%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .851 545 74 30 74 2 .252 .361 .489
Since 2017Away .886 616 92 30 87 5 .272 .373 .512
2019Home 1.556 22 7 3 8 0 .389 .500 1.056
2019Away .884 61 9 2 3 2 .302 .393 .491
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
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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.
BB/K
0.59
 
BB Rate
12.0%
 
K Rate
20.5%
 
BABIP
.367
 
ISO
.310
 
AVG
.324
 
OBP
.422
 
SLG
.634
 
OPS
1.055
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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Blasts fourth homer
OFNew York Mets
April 16, 2019
Conforto went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 14-3 loss to the Phillies.
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Hits another homer
OFNew York Mets
April 10, 2019
Conforto went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a double, a home run and two walks in Tuesday's 14-8 loss to the Twins.
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Homers in series finale
OFNew York Mets
April 7, 2019
Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Sunday against Washington.
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Finally goes yard
OFNew York Mets
April 7, 2019
Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Saturday's win over the Nationals.
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Swats fourth spring homer
OFNew York Mets
March 19, 2019
Conforto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
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