The New York Mets, in a decision surely affected by their recent play, have promoted outfield prospect Michael Conforto to the Major Leagues on Friday. They placed Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list to make room for him on the 25-man roster.
The Mets can only hope that the 22-year-old Conforto can at least provide some offense to a team that ranks second-worst in the big leagues in runs per game, ahead of just the White Sox. Despite this, the Mets find themselves at 49-47, three games out of both the division and Wild Card races, thanks to some excellent pitching.
With a bit of offense, the Mets would be much better, possibly even World Series contenders. Conforto is the first solution that they're trying, which is a lot to expect from a player who has not seen action above the Double-A level (and has only played 45 games there).
In 197 plate appearances this season, the Mets' 2014 first round draft pick (10th overall) is hitting .312/.396/.503 with five home runs and 26 runs batted in. He comes into his big league debut hot, hitting .325 with a .988 OPS in his last 10 games.