The Mets made a surprising move tonight as they recalled outfielder Michael Conforto from Triple-A Las Vegas and sent outfielder Brandon Nimmo back to Las Vegas in a corresponding move.
The move is somewhat surprising as the Mets had recently stated they had no plans to bring up Conforto after the All Star break, but it seems the way Conforto has swung the bat down in Las Vegas they have changed their minds. In the 16 games Conforto has played in the minors he has hit .344 with three home runs and 15 RBI’s. He also seemed to cut down on the strikeouts as well, as he had as many strikeouts as walks with eight. The Mets also had Conforto play some right field down in AAA which means he may see some playing time there with big club.
His promotion does also come at a time when Juan Lagares is swinging a hot bat, and Yoenis Cespedes had expressed after Sunday’s game a desire to strictly play left field for the remainder of the season. It will be interesting to see how Terry Collins juggles the outfield from here on out, as he has many talented outfielders and simply not enough spots to play them all at once.
It’s sad to see Nimmo go back down to the minors after he produced a spark upon his arrival to the big leagues three weeks ago. However the 23-year old outfielder could benefit from a little more seasoning in the minors, rather sit on the bench as he currently has been. Nimmo is also expecting to mainly focus on playing center field when he heads back down to the minors. Nimmo heads back to Las Vegas with a .235 average and a home run with four RBI’s in 51 at-bats.
With the way Conforto has swung the bat in Triple-A and Nimmo hitting just .158 over his last 19 at-bats, the Mets made an executive decision to help better the ball club right now, while also hoping Conforto has regained his confidence. Conforto was expected to be a big piece to this team’s offense coming into the season, and if he comes back swinging the bat like he had been in April, it will be the equivalent of the Mets adding an impact bat at the trade deadline.