The New York Mets could have a superstar turn the corner this year in Michael Conforto, but he’ll have to pick up where he left off in 2019.
Conforto, who only turns 27 next month, had a great year in 2019.
In his age-26 season, he hit 33 home runs, drove in 92 runs, scored 90 runs and had an OPS. of .856. This was the second-best OPS. of his career, best when playing at least 150 games. He had a .939 OPS. in his 2017 All-Star season, which only last 109 games.
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The young outfielder had a great season and complimented Pete Alonso’s dominant performance.
Even though his 2019 season was impressive, it was not quite dominant. Conforto claims this season is going to be special. Is it time for him to turn the corner and become a superstar?
Conforto still has father time on his side. He will be 27 at the start o0f this season and is still under contract with the Mets for two more seasons, until the end of the 2021 season.
He has proven the ability to hit for both contact and power. His left-handed bat is very much needed in the middle of New York’s order. The Mets could really use a big improvement from Conforto if they want to make the postseason this year, which would be the first time since 2016.
Conforto is an on-base machine. His on-base percentage was over 100 points higher than his average in the last three seasons. Walking comes easily to him. He walked 84 times over 151 games.
His biggest priority is limiting the strikeouts. He struck out 149-time last season, almost once a game. If he reduces the K’s, he will be more productive for the Mets.
He is looking to make his second All-Star game this season and put together another strong campaign, so he can continue building his case before his free agency in 2021.