Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has stayed hot at the plate since the All-Star break and is developing into a leader as New York trades several players in waiver deals.
Conforto hit his 11th home run over his last 26 games in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the team's second game since trading second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and fourth since trading outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.
After the Mets recalled top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith from the minors earlier this month, Conforto said he has tried to channel what Bruce and Walker taught him in helping other players transition into the majors by becoming more of a leader.
"There are a lot of young guys coming up and now, I guess to them, I am kind of the veteran," Conforto, 24, said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.
"That's what the guys like Jay Bruce and Walk talked to him about is that he is certainly the guy as you go down the road in the big picture of things is a guy who has the voice in clubhouse," manager Terry Collins added. "Time will tell, but certainly Michael's got that that personality. I think a lot of times Leadership sometimes is more by example than it is vocally."
Since July 17, Conforto has a .301/.391/.670 batting line with 11 home runs and 19 RBIs. His first-inning home run on Sunday gave the Mets a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish.
"Two years ago, we thought he could hit 30 home runs, you saw the power," Collins said of the All-Star Conforto. "What you are seeing this year, he's so consistent. His swing is so consistent, it's starting to show. You're going to look at a guy who has a chance to hit 30 homers and he wasn't even in the lineup in April. That speaks volumes."