Ron Darling Compares Michael Conforto To Don Mattingly


In a recent TV appearance on MLB Network, former Mets pitcher and current SNY color commentator Ron Darling compared the swing of Michael Conforto to Don Mattingly.

Darling goes on to talk about playing against Mattingly in 1983 in the minor leagues when he was more of a gap-to-gap hitter (and still playing some outfield).

Here is part of the quote from Darling,

“He was one of the best hitters (for) average that I had ever seen. He ended up of course reaching incredible power numbers when he reached the Yankees. Conforto’s swing reminds me of a lot of that swing that Mattingly had in ’83.”

“So, in my estimation, I think he’s a bonafide big-leaguer. He should be given that chance to play every day and see what happens. The Mets have developed a lot of pitching. They haven’t developed a lot of everyday players. This should be a guy they give a chance to.”

Conforto seemingly hit a sophomore wall during the 2016 season hitting only .220/.310/.414 in 348 plate appearances and an even worse .145/.223/.241 in the months of June and July. This coming after bursting onto the scene in 2015 with a .841 OPS just a year after being drafted in the first round.

The 23-year old Conforto did show some positive signs towards the end of the season after receiving his second recall from Triple-A Las Vegas. In September/October, Conforto posted a .396 OBP and only struck out 22.1% of the time (30.1% from May-August).

It still remains to be seen what role Conforto will play in 2017, as the Mets still have a crowded outfield with too many left-handed hitters best suited playing corner spots.

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