SAN DIEGO -- Mets first-round Draft pick Michael Conforto is scheduled to make his professional debut as a designated hitter Saturday with Class A Brooklyn.
Conforto, whom the Mets officially signed on July 11 after selecting him 10th overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, hit .345 with seven home runs in 59 games in his final season with Oregon State. He was named one of five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, awarded annually to the top college player in the country. Conforto was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second straight season and was the first three-time All-American in Oregon State history.
"Besides the fact that Michael is an all-around outstanding player from our point of view," general manager Sandy Alderson said, "his outstanding on-base approach as well as his left-handed swing and the power potential that he brings [is] sort of a natural fit for our organization in this ballpark as a gap-to-gap-type of hitter. We're extraordinarily pleased to have him."