The Mets have demoted the struggling Michael Conforto and promoted Brandon Nimmo. Even though I understand the move, I am not sure I agree with it,
After impressing last year and following up with a .365 average in April of this season, Conforto hit just .169 and .119 in May and June, respectively. So maybe he needs to go out to Las Vegas to find his stroke.
But Michael Conforto is not only the future of the Mets, he is also the present. With the Mets lineup barely able to scratch out runs, they need someone like Conforto in the middle of the lineup. The Mets have given him time to straighten himself out, but he has failed to do so, so the move is indeed justified. I’m just concerned that the demotion could really mess up his confidence, and he might never be the player he could be.
Conforto, though, is saying the right things.
“It will be good to get away from the craziness of everything going on right now, just to try to simplify things and just work on getting back to who I am — who I know I am at the plate,” Conforto said according to ESPN New York. “It’s been tough. It’s been very tough. It’s upsetting not having the success that I know I can have.”
Then again, the Mets cannot let the season slip away, so maybe this is the right move for the team.
Nimmo, a first round pick in 2011, was hitting .328 with five home runs and 37 RBIs in Triple-A this season. So he has certainly earned his promotion. Maybe he can do what Conforto did last season and establish himself as part of the Mets future.
Let’s just hope Michael Conforto can soon join him in Flushing,