BIG BAT COMES TO THE BIG CITY
Less than a week ago, Michal Conforto had never been to New York City. Now, just a few short days later, the 21-year-old outfielder will be establishing residence in left field at MCU Park…at least for the summer.
On Friday, Michael Conforto officially signed his first professional contract after being selected with the 10th overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft. But it wasn’t all business for the former Oregon State Beaver, who took batting practice with David Wright and the rest of the Mets, visited the Empire State Building and of course enjoyed some of the fine dining that New York is known for.
“We’ve been eating a whole lot since we got here,” Conforto said about his experience with his father in New York City. “We’re Italian, and we’ve had some pretty good Italian food. I mean, really good. Usually you can only get that from family back home.”
But it’s not just the food that got the Woodinville, WA native excited about the Big Apple.
“My family is full of huge Seinfeld fans, so they told me I needed to make sure I met Keith Hernandez.”
And that’s exactly what he did before taking in the Mets vs. Marlins game from the comfort of one of Citi Field’s luxury suites. The following morning, Conforto headed up to Norwich, CT to meet up wit the Cyclones for their three-game series with the Connecticut Tigers.
“I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the Cyclones and playing in Brooklyn,” he said. “Even some of the guys on the Mets were coming up to me during batting practice and telling me how much fun I’m going to have. I can’t wait to get started.”
Cyclones fans won’t have to wait much longer before getting their first glimpse of the player that ESPN’s Keith Law called “the top prospect in the Mets organization.” Conforto will be heading to Los Angeles for the Golden Spikes Awards – emblematic of the top amateur baseball player in the country – from Wednesday to Friday, but he should make his Cyclones debut over the weekend.