Mets sign top draft pick, former Beaver Conforto

Mets sign top draft pick, former Beaver Conforto

NEW YORK — Michael Conforto already has an athletic pedigree and a Big Apple appetite. The New York Mets think he's got a swing tailored to Citi Field, too.

Selected 10th overall in last month's draft, Conforto signed with the Mets on Friday and was introduced at a news conference. The 21-year-old outfielder from Oregon State received a $2,970,800 bonus — the assigned value for his draft slot.

Wearing No. 88, Conforto took batting practice on the field with the big league team before the opener of a three-game series against Miami. The Mets said he will start his professional career with Class A Brooklyn in the short-season New York-Penn League.

"There's no feeling like it," Conforto said. "On the same field as people you used to idolize, it's a very, very cool feeling. I'm definitely cherishing this day."

Conforto batted .345 with seven home runs and 56 RBIs in 59 games this year during his junior season with the Beavers. He was the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season and the first three-time All-American in school history. He also is a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top college player in the United States, and the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the best amateur player in the country.

Top-seeded Isner bounced in Hall of Fame quarters

NEWPORT, R.I. — Seventh-seeded American Jack Sock and third-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Friday.

The 21-year old Sock, fresh off a doubles title at Wimbledon with Canadian Vasek Pospisil, defeated top-seeded and two-time Newport champion John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (4). The 33-year old Hewitt beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4.

The two will meet in the semifinals today after induction ceremonies honoring the 2014 class into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which is highlighted by Lindsay Davenport in the recent player category.

The other semifinal is second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia against Samuel Groth of Australia. Both advanced on Thursday. Isner won the 2011 and 2012 Hall of Fame titles and had victories in 14 of his previous 15 matches on Newport's grass courts.

Erik Jones wins NASCAR trucks race in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa — Erik Jones led for 131 of 200 laps and won the NASCAR Trucks series race in Iowa on Friday night, giving Kyle Busch Motorsports its seventh win in nine races this season.

It's the second career win for the 18-year-old Jones and the sixth victory of 2014 for the No. 51 truck — with five of those coming with Busch behind the wheel.

Ryan Blaney was second, followed by Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter and German Quiroga Jr.

Compiled from wire reports