Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |
In the midst of a second straight lost season for the Mets, Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario have been bright spots lately.
Conforto, who returned way ahead of schedule after serious shoulder surgery, had been struggling to get in gear -- especially when it came to generating power. But he's finally showing signs of starting to break out in that department.
The 25-year-old is hitting .333 with a .667 SLG and .1099 OPS with three homers and nine RBI over his last nine games, and is now on pace to finish the season with 21 homers.
Conforto's slugging (.390) is still well below his career number of .467, but his recent hot streak is a sign that his slugging percentage will continue to climb as the season enters its final two months.
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Rosario is hitting .350/.381/.600 with four triples and four stolen bases over his last 11 games, lifting his season line to .249/.292/.380.
There's still work to do for Rosario, but his ability to better utilize his speed while stealing more bases has been huge. As has been his ability to cut down on his strikeouts (he has nine over his last 15 games).
With the Mets aiming to contend in 2019 and potentially without Yoenis Cespedes for a large portion of it as he prepares to undergo staggered surgery on both heels, they'll need some of their in-house players to pick up the slack. Rosario and Conforto becoming centerpieces of the offense would go a long way toward that.
Conforto showed flashes in 2015 after he was called up straight from Double-A, excelling in the regular season and mashing two homers in Game 4 of the World Series at Citi Field. He was also tremendous in 2017 before his gruesome shoulder injury. But down periods in 2016 and this season have been hard to ignore.
As far as Rosario, the Mets were taken aback a bit at how unprepared he was for the majors when he was promoted in 2017 -- something they blamed mostly on their staff in Triple-A, which has since been revamped.
Rosario is such an impressive athlete, though, that it seems like only a matter of time before his in-game performance starts to match up with his potential.