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Michael Conforto Recalled by New York Mets

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Mets Recall Michael Conforto from Triple A Las Vegas.

On Sunday afternoon, the New York Mets recalled 23 year-old outfielder Michael Conforto.  Over a 16 game stint for the 51’s, Conforto batted .344 with a total of nine extra base hits, 3 of which were home runs.  Conforto also drove in 15. Confort will rejoin the Mets in Chicago for a three game series with the Cubs.

In 65 games for the Mets this season, Conforto hit at a disappointing .221 clip over 216 at-bats.  Conforto got off to a robust start in April batting .365 with four home runs in the opening month of the season.  Since the calendar turned to May, Conforto has been a completely different hitter, hitting just .144, prompting his demotion to Las Vegas.

The New York Mets currently sit six games behind the Washington Nationals for the National League East lead.  The Miami Marlins are also six games back and in the thick of the NL playoff picture.  The Mets are currently 28th in baseball in runs scored and batting average.  If Conforto returns to the lineup with a refined approach at the plate, he could provide the Mets with a shot in the arm to bolster the offense, similar to what Yoenis Cespedes did last summer for the eventual National League Champions.

Following Conforto’s recall, the Mets optioned Brandon Nimmo back down to Las Vegas.  Nimmo sported a .235 average in 51 at-bats with the Mets.  Despite lackluster statistics, Nimmo flashed some legitimate potential.  The Wyoming native displayed an advanced approach at the plate similar to Conforto last year.  Nimmo also seemed to bring energy to a ballclub who were swept by the Washington Nationals.  The Mets swept the Cubs over four games right after the Nationals series, with Nimmo hitting his first career home run against the Cubs on July 1st.