For anyone looking ahead to Monday night's draft and wondering what kind of quick impact the soon-to-be prospects actually can make, look no further than leftfielder Michael Conforto.
Conforto, 22, was drafted No. 10 overall by the Mets in 2014 and, just one year later, he's making a statement at Double-A.
Conforto went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run during Sunday's 14-5 loss to Reading. In eight games since his promotion, Conforto is 12-for-28 (.429) with four doubles, a triple and a home run for Binghamton (27-29). He's walked seven times and struck out six times.
Conforto had hit .283 with a .350 on-base percentage and seven home runs in 46 games with Single-A Savannah prior to his call-up.
Just 96 games into his pro career, Conforto has a combined .315 average, .389 OBP and 38 extra-base hits (11 home runs).
He was 0-for-2 with three walks in his Binghamton debut on May 30. He has hit in seven straight games since. Conforto hasn't struck out more than once in a game since May 1.
The Mets do not have a first-round pick in Monday night's draft, having surrendered the selection following their signing of Rockies free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who had received a qualifying offer from Colorado. Colorado received the 27th overall pick as compensation for Cuddyer.
Elsewhere in the minor leagues
TRIPLE-A LAS VEGAS
(30-28, 1st place in Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern)
Rightfielder Travis Taijeron homered twice, but it wasn't enough to overcome another disastrous start from righthander Matt Bowman, and the 51s fell to El Paso, 15-8. Bowman (2-8, 7.04 ERA) struck out one in four innings, allowing 10 hits, six runs and two walks. Second baseman Matt Reynolds was 1-for-4 with a double, and leftfielder Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 with a double.
Las Vegas has lost 11 of its last 12 games and is 6-19 since May 14.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED ST. LUCIE
(28-28, 2nd place in Florida State League South, 10 games back)
St. Lucie had off.
(30-27, 2nd place in South Atlantic League Southern, 1 game back)
Lefthander Brad Wieck struck out 10 in seven innings, allowing eight hits, one walk and one run leading the Sand Gnats over Greenville, 3-1. Wieck (3-5, 3.21 ERA), in his first year as a starter, has struck out 74 in 56 innings. Catcher Tomas Nido was 2-for-3 with a triple.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 1
(4-3, 3rd place in DSL Boca Chica South, 1 game back)
The Mets had off.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 2
(5-2, T-2nd place in DSL Boca Chica North, 1 game back)
The Mets had off.