College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 23 on our Top 100 Countdown is Oregon State’s Michael Conforto. The 6’1 outfielder from Woodinville, Washington was the 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
During his freshman season, Conforto appeared in 58 games for the Beavers, starting 56. He batted .349 on the season with 76 RBI–the most in the Pac-12–and 13 home runs, also tied for most in the Pac-12. His success earned him a variety of awards including being named Freshman Hitter of the Year by Louisville Slugger and NCBWA in addition to Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Pac-12 and Freshman All-American honors among others. Conforto is the first freshman All-American in Oregon State history.
Over the summer of 2012, Conforto accepted an invitation to play on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team where he homered twice for Team USA, in consecutive games including a grand slam.
From a scouting perspective, there’s no question that Conforto is a talented hitter. Not only does he see the ball extremely well, but he consistently comes up clutch at the plate. With both power and consistency on his side, Conforto is truly one of the best pure hitters in college baseball. A slugging percentage of .601 and 76 RBI last year just give a glimpse into the productivity that he is capable of. With all the tools to continue to grow into an even better hitter, Conforto is one of the top players to watch for in 2013.