Michael Conforto relished his experience during his Grapefruit League debut

M BaronMichael Conforto went 3-for-4 with three RBI in yesterday’s 3-1 win over the Braves at Tradition Field.

Michael Conforto“I felt very comfortable, Conforto told reporters after the game. “My goal was to just come over here and have fun and embrace the moment. The opportunity to be out here with these guys was pretty cool. I had a lot of fun today.”

Conforto, the club’s first overall selection in the 2014 first-year player draft, said he relished the experience playing with big leaguers.

“Being out on the field with a guy like David Wright and sitting in the dugout with all those guys is pretty cool and a great experience, and to go out there and compete at a high level is a really special thing.”

He’s an impressive kid, for sure. In watching Conforto a few times since he joined the organization, his bat is clearly advanced for his experience level. He’s a big, massive kid, has quick hands and a short stroke, and he stays in against left-handed pitching. He showed that yesterday with his two-run double to left center against Manny Banuelos in the third inning.

If all goes well, he should continue along the fast track to the big leagues. The biggest question for him will be his outfield defense. This is still a relatively new experience for him, and he told me last summer while at Brooklyn he’s still learning reads, angles and how to properly track fly balls. It seems as though he’ll head to Single-A St. Lucie to start the season, but I could see a scenario where they start him off in Savannah. No matter, it will be his first full professional season, and either should serve as a challenge for him in the pitcher-friendly South Atlantic or Florida State League.

Conforto hit .331 with an .851 OPS in 42 games with Single-A Brooklyn last season.

Read more about Conforto’s Grapefruit League debut from MLB.com’s Steve Dorsey.


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