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Mets' outfield prospect Michael Conforto on pace for early promotion

Conforto's hot start to the season could result in an earlier promotion than expected.

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Even though Mets' outfield prospect Michael Conforto spent the majority of last season with the Cyclones, there was speculation about where the 2014 first-round pick would be assigned to begin the season. Many believed he was ready for Double-A, but the Mets instead chose to place him with High-A Port St. Lucie. Since then he has done nothing but rake, and as a result, he has the Mets considering an early promotion to Binghamton.

In the past few years, the Mets have typically waited until their affiliates reached their respective All-Star breaks to promote their top prospects. However, Conforto, Amazin' Avenue's number seven prospect for the Mets coming into the season, is hitting .324/.414/.608 with six home runs, 12 walks, and just 11 strikeouts. An interesting consequence of his explosive hitting this year is that opposing teams have begun intentionally walking him with regularity, a trend that could negatively affect his development as a hitter.

Because of this hot start, the Mets are said to be accelerating their timetable with Conforto, and he could see a promotion to Double-A Binghamton sometime in May.