Michael Conforto will likely be optioned for David Wright, and he knows it
David Wright remains on-track to be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday when the Mets open a four-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets will have to make two moves to accommodate Wright: an active roster move and a 40-man roster move since he is now on the 60-day disabled list.
Michael Conforto seems like the logical candidate to option to Las Vegas when Wright is ready to return, considering there’s nobody else on the active roster to send down as of today.
Conforto knows this is a real possibility as well.
“I understand the situation and I know that is a big possibility when David comes back,” Conforto said, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. “But I’m here now and I can learn as much as I can and try to improve as much as I can and then hopefully I come back for September if they do send me down.”
Conforto’s demotion would likely last only one week, as he should be promoted again when active rosters expand to 40 players on September 1.
He has been quite a story at every level he’s played at so far this season. He tore up the Single-A Florida State League earlier this year, to the point he said pitchers stopped pitching to him regularly. Conforto then went to the Double-A Eastern League and was arguably better, and played in the All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati before earning a promotion to the big leagues less than two weeks later.
All of this occurred within a year of Conforto making his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
He has work to do, but he’s shown his bat is big league ready and he’s more than capable of working his issues out here. In fact, his troubles against big league breaking balls can’t be solved in the minor leagues, can they? So, the more exposure he has here, the more likely he is to adjust quicker and become the complete hitter the Mets envisioned he would be when they drafted him just 15 months ago.
Unfortunately for Conforto, that development might take a back seat for a while. He is more of a victim of circumstance and numbers in this case.
The good news is, if it he does go down, he will be back soon, perhaps for good.