After a disappointing 2016 season, outfielder Michael Conforto is in better shape and looking forward to having a positive impact this year, he told reporters down in Port St. Lucie on Friday.
Conforto started off last season hitting .365 with a .442 OBP through the first 21 games, but he struggled after, finishing the season with a .220 average and .310 OBP. Yet despite the negatives, Conforto said he's learned from the experience.
"I've been through a lot," Conforto said. "Last year was a huge growing experience for me. It definitely helped me grow up and mature a little bit. Having the offseason to reflect on everything and let the mind settle a little bit, I feel fresh and ready to go, ready to get after it."
Conforto, who has worked out harder this offseason to lose some weight, said he's ready to put in extra work this season, even if that means playing a new position in first base or starting the year in the minors, which GM Sandy Alderson has previously suggested.
"Obviously, there's going to be tough decisions," Conforto said. "Nothing's handed to you up here in the big leagues so I'm fully prepared to earn everything that I get."