Michael Edward Conforto is a professional baseball player from the United States of America. He plays in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets. He was drafted into the MLB In 2014 and he made his debut in 2015.
Conforto was named an MLB All-Star in 2017. He is signed with the Mets through to the end of 2021.
Athlete Bio and Personal Life
Conforto was born Michael Thomas Conforto on March 1, 1993. He stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and his listed weight is 215 pounds. He bats with his left hand and throws with his right. He plays the position of an outfielder for the Mets and he wears jersey no.30.
His parents are athletes as well. His mother is a three-time medalist for synchronized swimming in the Olympics. His father was a linebacker for Penn State. His sister also plays soccer at university.
Conforto currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
High School and College Career
In 2004, he played in the Little League World Series, representing the Northwest Region. He was on the honor roll while in high school and in addition to baseball, he also played football and was a quarterback.
He received many offers from colleges and universities for both baseball and football including those from Ivy League institutions.
He chose to attend Oregon State University. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) named Conforto as the Freshman Hitter of the Year in 2012. He was also named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
In the summer of his freshman year, he was a part of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
In 2013, he helped his team make it to the College World Series.
Turning Pro and MLB Draft
During the 2014 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected Conforto as their 10th overall pick in the first round. He signed with them in July 2014. For his Minor League career, he played for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the St Lucie Mets, and the Binghamton Mets.
He was promoted to the New York Mets’ 40-man roster in July 2015. He became the 1000th player to appear for the team. Since in 2015, the Mets made it to the World Series, Conforto became the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and the MLB World Series.
In 2017, he was named to the MLB All-Star Game. In August of the same year, he dislocated his shoulder and decided to have it surgically repaired, effectively ending his season.
He would return to the Mets in 2018, and in 2019, he made his first grand slam in the MLB.
Career Highlights and Awards
2017 – All-Star