Conforto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. He's catching fire as spring training draws to a close, and Conforto is now slashing .265/.321/.531 through 53 plate appearances with four homers. The 26-year-old is still trying to put everything together, but if he can stay healthy in 2019, Conforto could easily top last season's career-high 28 HR and 82 RBI.
Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's exhibition game against the Marlins. Conforto collected all three of his RBI with two outs but had additional opportunities as he also stranded a pair of baserunners. The 26-year-old slashed .243/.350/.448 with 28 home runs over 153 games in 2018, but a shoulder injury limited his effectiveness during the first half of the season. Conforto is set to start this season as the Mets' primary right fielder.
Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed Sunday that Conforto will play exclusively in right field in 2019, Anthony Rieber of Newsday reports. Callaway noted that the decision stems largely from a desire to have Conforto get comfortable at one position right away this season rather than having to shift him from left field to right once Yoenis Cespedes (heels) is ready to return later in the campaign. Conforto also made 58 appearances in center in 2018, but graded out poorly as a defender and isn't expected to be used there for anything more than emergency purposes with Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares and Keon Broxton all on hand. The 26-year-old likely won't be heralded for his defense in right either, but he'll carry plenty of appeal for fantasy purposes after busting out for a .273/.356/.539 slash line and 17 home runs in the second half last season once he was further removed from shoulder surgery.
Conforto is expected to be the Mets' right fielder against right-handed pitchers to start the season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. As things stand now, the Mets plan to employ an outfield with Jeff McNeil in left field, Brandon Nimmo in center and Conforto in right. McNeil figures to platoon with Keon Broxton and Juan Lagares, which could force Conforto to play some left field against left-handed pitchers. Regardless of the exact position, Conforto figures to be a staple of the New York lineup in 2019 after producing a .243/.350/.448 slash line with 28 homers and 82 RBI.
Conforto signed a one-year, $4.025 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. A shoulder injury caused Conforto to miss the start of last season and seemed to depress his numbers the rest of the way, though his .243/.350/.448 line was still good for a relatively strong 120 wRC+. Now over a year removed from surgery, he should play a key role in the Mets' lineup this season.
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