The New York Mets promoted top hitting prospect Michael Conforto from Redmond High School and Oregon State and put him in the starting lineup Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
NEW YORK — The New York Mets promoted top hitting prospect Michael Conforto from Redmond High School and Oregon State and put him in the starting lineup Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The weak-hitting Mets placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list because of knee trouble.
Conforto, the 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft, batted seventh and played left field. He went 0 for 3 with an RBI groundout.
“We’re hoping he’s a good fit,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “I told him this is the same game played by people who might be a little bit better but there’s a reason you’re here — you must be just as good.”
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Conforto was batting .312 with five homers and 26 RBI in 45 games at Class AA Binghamton.
“I’m at a loss for words, but I’m excited,” Conforto said.
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