Michael Conforto (OF), Oregon State
6'1" | 211 lbs
2014 stats (may be incomplete): 56 G, .351/.506/.557, 15 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 50 R, 55 RBI, 51 BB, 35 K
"While there is some swing-and-miss to his game, he's shown the ability to work counts, square up the baseball and could have above-average power at the next level. He might be limited to left given his defensive profile, but he should have the bat to carry him to the highest level." (MLB.com)
MLB.com ranks - Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55
"Conforto, for me, is the best college option in terms of hitters, and he can really play the game. His power numbers were down for half the spring but he’s up to five long balls to go with 14 doubles and a pair if triples. The Redmond High School (Wash.) product is batting .407/.552/.627 with a 41-26 B/K ratio in 43 games for the highly-ranked Beavers, and has always reminded me of Nick Swisher, in terms of athleticism, body type and skills with the bat." (ProspectInsider.com)
Fit for Cubs: The Cubs have made it known they feel most comfortable drafting a position player out of college rather than risk it with young arms, especially high school pitchers. If the Cubs decide the risk is too high for an arm, they could opt for Conforto over Nick Gordon - a prep infielder.
Fit for White Sox: With the third overall pick, it would be hard to see the Sox taking Conforto, as fellow position-player prospects Nick Gordon and Alex Jackson as well as a slew of pitchers - including Carlos Rodon, Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek - are ranked higher among White Sox officials.