It was a good week in the Mets farm system, as Michael Conforto won the Florida State League’s player of the week for the second time this year. Duane Below also was named the Pitcher of the week for the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific
Conforto is batting .295/.358/.486 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in his first full professional year. This is only helping his strong case to be promoted. Conforto was the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2014 draft and was MLB.com’s #86 prospect and the Mets number seven prospect before the season.
Mets Director of Player Development Dicky Scott said that Conforto can possibly be promoted to as high as Triple-A by the end of the season. Conforto is one example of how the Mets’ system of drafting players out of college is working. Conforto is part of the next wave of young Mets who you will see in Flushing after Matz, Syndergaard and Plawecki become permanent fixtures in the MLB.
The 29 year old lefty threw a complete game, four hit, shutout last Tuesday. That was the second complete game shutout thrown for Las Vegas this season, Noah Syndergaard threw the other one back in April. The Mets signed Below back in January, and he’s had some success in Las Vegas so far this year, with a 4-2 record and a 2.18 ERA in nine games this year.
Below hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013 when he spent a brief two game stint with the Marlins. In those two games he game up three runs and six hits in two appearances. Lifetime in the majors Below is 2-4 with a 4.27 ERA in 43 appearances over three seasons. The Mets are Below’s third organization since being drafted by the Tigers in 2006.