Sep 23, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

OF Michael Conforto

The 10th overall pick of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft progressed quickly through the Mets’ farm system to make an appearance in 2015. He has spent some time up and down from the minor leagues, finally staying with the club after a rash of injuries.

The 23-year-old may not have been as consistent with the bat, as Collins would have hoped, but when he did hit, he displayed some serious “pop” in his bat. The rising star was able to collect 12 home runs in the 109 games he appeared in for the Major League club.

2017 could be Conforto’s first full season in the big leagues, contingent on how the Jay Bruce saga plays out, he could find himself as the designated fourth outfielder. A move of Bruce would open up some much needed playing time and at-bats.

Conforto is a big part of Alderson’s future plans for the Mets, as such, he will pick up a first base mitt this Spring Training, to allow for use when Bruce, Granderson and Cespedes are patrolling the outfield. With Lucas Duda being as injury prone as he is, Conforto may see more time at first than in the outfield in 2017.

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