“That was the cherry on top,” Conforto said of the home run. “It was an awesome day and couldn’t have gone any better. It was really cool to get the award and get the win.”
Conforto, the team's first-round pick in last June's MLB Amateur Draft, hit .297 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 91 games between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton this season before he made his big-league debut on July 24.
He was facing a demotion back to the minors when David Wright was scheduled to return in August. Instead, Lucas Duda went on the disabled list with a back injury and Conforto stayed on the 25-man roster. Since then, he's hitting .325 with a .387 OBP, six home runs and 13 RBI.
“This guy has got some kind of power. Of all the things I’ve heard, it’s the one thing that has really surprised me,” manager Terry Collins proclaimed after the game. “Not just the opposite-field power, but the power itself. This guy is going to be a good hitter, but he’s going to be a home-run hitter, too. This guy has enough juice to put up some big numbers."