NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Mets finally have a deal with their top pick in the MLB draft after weeks of holdups, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
The agreement with Michael Conforto, which was delayed due to “sticky language issues,” is pending a physical, Heyman reported.
Conforto was selected out of Oregon State with the 10th overall pick in last month’s draft.
The 21-year-old outfielder was the team’s first top selection to come out of college since Matt Harvey in 2010. He could leapfrog outfielder Brandon Nimmo (2011), shortstop Gavin Cecchini (2012) and first basemen Dominic Smith (2013), all players who need significant seasoning in the minors.
“We do think he’s an advanced hitter, and certainly has a chance to move quicker than the high school players that we’ve taken the last few years,” Mets vice president of amateur scouting Paul DePodesta said after selecting Conforto on June 5.
Conforto hit .345 with seven home runs and 55 walks in 2014. He was a .340 batter with a .560 slugging percentage in three seasons at Oregon State.
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