Michael Conforto became the highest selected Oregon State Beaver baseball player after being drafted tenth overall by the New York Mets in the 2014 MLB draft. Conforto is the first Beaver to be taken in the first round since Eddie Kunz (Mets) and Mitch Canham (Padres) were both selected in the first round of the 2007 draft.
The third year left fielder from Woodinville, Wash. has been a rock in the middle of the order for Pat Casey in his time with the Beavers. His footprint will be stuck on the record books for many years to come.
Conforto finished his Oregon State career first in RBIs (179), second in total bases (369), and third in walks (120) and home runs (31) in program history, making him easily one of the most prolific Beaver hitters of all time.
Since being named Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2012, Conforto has slugged his way to two consecutive conference player of the year awards. He is currently up for the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards, presented to the nation’s top player.
Conforto finished 2014 with a .345 batting average, 7 home runs, and 56 RBIs. Weathering a chilly 5-for-26 finish to the regular season, Conforto managed only one hit in the 2014 Corvallis Regional.
The Mets are having a very New York Mets-type season, so to speak, 4th in the NL East, 28th in batting average and 30th in slugging percentage compared to the rest of the league. Though it may not be in 2014, the Mets will surely be calling upon Conforto’s bat sooner than later.