Michael Conforto hit his first homer of the spring on Sunday, helping the split-squad Mets to a victory over the Nationals. Speaking in the dugout with SNY's Steve Gelbs, Conforto credited hitting coach Chili Davis with working with him on some adjustments to the outfielder's swing.
"I ended up hitting the changeup, which I missed about five of earlier in the day," Conforto said. "Today, I talked to Chili and I said I feel really heavy on my front side so he said, 'Hey, just sit on your back side.' Pretty simple, so that's what I ended up doing in my last at bat. A little adjustment and obviously the result was much different.
"I'm just trying to stay balanced. Today, I wasn't able to do that until my last at-bat. And that's what this is all about being out here on spring training."
Conforto set career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92) last season, while compiling a .257/363/.494 slash line. But he still thinks there's plenty for him to improve on as a hitter as he prepares for his sixth season with the Mets.
"I want to be a tougher out," Conforto said. "I want to be a guy that sprays the ball everywhere. I've always felt that I have a good eye at the plate. As long as I keep myself in a good hitting position, I can lay off of pitches. To spray the ball all over the field, I don't have to swing too hard. I just need to stay within myself. It's tough at times, old habits come back and you need to keep yourself in check."
As far as helping to keep himself in check, Conforto has the utmost confidence in Davis, who joined the Mets as the team's hitting coach prior to the 2019 season.
"He doesn't want to come up and tell me what he sees," Conforto said of Davis. "He wants me to tell him. That's why he came up to me and said 'How do you feel?' So it ended up linking up with what he was seeing. He said he agreed. He thought I was a little heavy on my front side and I was committing early. He's got a good eye and a good way of relaying information to guys."