Who is Michael Conforto?

Michael Conforto, selected by the Mets as the 10th overall pick, was the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year for Oregon State. Photo: AP

With the Mets still mulling their options in regards to the status of Michael Cuddyer’s knee injury, one name keeps popping up as a potential replacement.

Michael Conforto.

Who is Michael Conforto?

Let’s take a look.

The Mets selected Conforto, an outfielder, with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 draft out of Oregon State University. Conforto, who played three years of college ball, was twice named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and hit .345 with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 56 RBI as a junior.

Following the draft, Conforto was assigned to Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League, where he hit .331 with 10 doubles, three homers and 19 RBI in 42 games. He did strike out 29 times against 16 walks, but it was still a strong pro debut.

This year, Conforto was assigned to High-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League out of spring training. In 46 games there, he hit .283 with 12 doubles, seven homers and 28 RBI, earning a promotion to Double-A Binghamton.

Through 42 games at Binghamton, Conforto is hitting .325 with 12 doubles, five homers and 25 RBI. He’s also drawn 21 walks in 182 plate appearances, good for an on-base percentage of .407.

The Mets have said that they don’t think Conforto will be ready for the big leagues until 2016 at the earliest, which is the normal trajectory for a player of Conforto’s age and skill set.

Still, the Mets have a pressing need for offense. With a lack of appealing options at Triple-A, and with the front office’s reluctance to trade any of the club’s minor league assets for major league-caliber talent, Conforto has become the fans’ latest solution.

Conforto’s rise through the minor leagues has been impressive, but there’s a big leap between the pitchers he’s seeing in Binghamton and the pitchers he’ll face in the National League. Should he struggle upon a call-up, how will he bounce back if he’s optioned back to the minor leagues? Could calling up Conforto too soon damage his confidence moving forward?

The Mets really need something to help punch up the offense and they need it soon. Conforto is one answer, but he comes with plenty of question marks. Most of all, is he ready?

Maybe he is. Maybe he isn’t. Either way, he’s probably worth a shot as the Mets look to keep from sliding out of playoff contention by the time July is over.

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