Michael Conforto will likely remain a major leaguer through 2015
Just when it seemed inevitable Michael Conforto was headed for a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas at some point this weekend, it looks like he may finally be freed.
At first, he was the logical choice to be replaced by David Wright following the conclusion of their series against the Rockies in Denver, simply because there was no other position player the Mets could or even should demote.
Then, Conforto’s time appeared to be running out on Friday, as Terry Collins hinted the club would be carrying an extra reliever to compensate for having both Matt Harvey and Logan Verrett unavailable during hitter series against the Rockies in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
The Mets did indeed call up another reliever – they announced Dario Alvarez was activated ahead of Saturday’s game against the Rockies.
But it wasn’t Conforto who was taken off the active roster.
The Mets placed Lucas Duda on the disabled list with a lower back strain on Saturday’s game, which helped Conforto survive the roster crunch.
And it seems he may survive the next roster crunch after today’s game as well.
Assistant GM John Ricco said on Saturday the Mets will likely demote a pitcher – presumably Verrett – after Sunday’s series finale against Colorado.
That means Conforto is unlikely to head to Triple-A Las Vegas at all before rosters expand next Monday to 40 players.
Any such demotion wouldn’t be due to his performance anyway. He was ticketed for Las Vegas simply because he was originally a victim of a numbers game resulting from the limitations of a 25-man roster, and the fact there was simply nobody else to send down at this point.
In a way, it’s a good problem for the roster in that it’s now full of major league players. But that now includes Conforto, who has clearly shown while he has work to do – especially against big league breaking balls – his bat is certainly major league capable.
Conforto is hitting .224/.333/.448 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 69 plate appearances over 20 games since being promoted in late July.