To make room on the 25-man roster, Michael Cuddyer was put on the disabled list. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team moved Rafael Montero to the 60-day DL.
Conforto, 22, was the team's first-round pick in 2014, and regarded by analysts as being the best collegiate hitter in the draft. He represented the Mets during this year's MLB All-Star Futures Game, during which he had two hits and threw out a runner at home plate from left field. The next week, ESPN's Keith Law said he was among the 10 best hitting prospects in baseball, after which he was named the Eastern League Player of the Week
In a poll run Tuesday on MetsBlog.com, 84 percent of more than 7,000 voters said the Mets should promote Conforto.
According to statistical research by Dave Cameron at FanGraphs, "Conforto would probably debut as a slightly below-average hitter," with trade targets, like Will Venable and Gerardo Parra, likely to perform better during the remainder of this season (July 21, 2015).
Conforto will wear No. 30 and becomes the 1,000th player in Mets history.
Matthew Cerrone: This is great news. I've talked to scouts that have watched him who say he's not ready. They say he's got a great eye, he's very patient, but he needed at least another 50 or so games in Double-A. Frankly, I don't care, this team needs him now and I'm glad they finally made the move! The transaction can be framed to him as a temporary, short-term solution. If they make an acquisition or Cuddyer gets healthy, they can always send Conforto back and, say, "Thank you," while trusting he takes it as learning experience on his way to the Hall of Fame.
In terms of his offense, he has a beautiful, left-handed swing. It reminds me of Gregg Jefferies, the way he keeps his elbow in and pounces on the ball. In Spring Training, he made quit an impact on Terry Collins and scouts that watched him, so it's no surprise he was fast tracked. Plus, it's not like he's 18-years-old. He's a college player, heralded as the best in his draft, 22 years old, and ready to handle all that comes with being a big-league hitter. I worry about him putting too much on his shoulders, since he's going to be looked at like a savior, which is a lot to ask of a young guy in this city, in this race, with this media and incredibly anxious fans. But, like so many guys before him, if he makes his way through it, does his job and the Mets win, he'll be loved all the more for it. I'm excited to see him on his way... it's about time.