Mets OF Michael Conforto will hit in the middle of the order going forward this season, manager Terry Collins said on Thursday.
Conforto has hit primarily leadoff this season. The last time he started a game not in the leadoff spot was July 20, when he hit third.
He is hitting fourth on Thursday night, with Yoenis Cespedes third. Curtis Granderson is leading off.
The move is partially a result of Jay Bruce, who had been primarily hitting fourth, being traded to the Indians.
Collins added that the middle of the order is where Conforto needs to be, and that he'll be able to protect Cespedes.
The 24-year-old Conforto is hitting .289 with a .393 OBP and .566 SLG with a career-high 23 home runs to go along with 19 doubles and 58 RBI in 95 games.
He's on pace to finish the season with 34 home runs.