A refresher: Michael Conforto started the 2015 season in Class-A ball.
He finished the season with the second-highest World Series OPS, with 1.046, of any player who played in multiple games in the 2015 World Series.
Not bad for a 22-year-old, playing his first season of professional baseball.
Here is the remarkable aspect of Conforto’s ascension: In an age when many young athletes believe the world revolves around them, Conforto has an attitude from a much different era.
There is good reason for that.
As soon as the season ended, Conforto took a four-week break to let his body recover and took time to think about the journey ahead.
For all his progress, Conforto knows there is much to prove in 2016 and does not shy away from great expectations. He blasted three home runs in the postseason, two in the World Series. In 56 games with the Mets, Conforto batted .270 with nine home runs and a .841 OPS.
“We’ve got a great team coming back. Our pitching staff is going to keep us in games,’’ Conforto told The Post this week from his home in Redmond, Washington. “I think we have some really good bats. I think we’re all very, very excited to try to make it back to that World Series and finish it the right way this year.’’
The drive is there.
“We definitely know how painful it was to not finish it off,’’ Conforto said. “I know it’s given me motivation to drive a little bit harder every day. We will take that into every single game we play.”
And he plans on the Mets playing more than the 162-game schedule.
“The goal is to make it to the playoffs, fight our way through the playoffs, make it back to the World Series and hopefully win it this time,” he said. “I’ve gained so much experience being one of the last two teams playing and playing in front of the entire world. That experience has endless value.
“I think what I learned most is you never have a game locked up, and you are never out of a game. We were a few outs away from going into that fifth game [of the World Series] 3-1 instead of 1-3. We maybe didn’t put up enough runs to seal the deal.’’
Relentlessness was taught, a lesson Kansas City learned the previous World Series, losing in seven games to the Giants.
“It’s very important to learn from the Royals,’’ Conforto said, a wise approach beyond his years.
His father, Mike, played football for Joe Paterno at Penn State and relates inspiring comments from Paterno that have helped Conforto approach baseball in that type of manner.
His mother, Tracie, is an amazing athlete, now focused on golf. She won two gold medals in synchronized swimming in the 1984 Olympics. She taught her son to “obsess’’ over baseball in a way that would not allow him to fail.
“The coolest thing was seeing everybody, all my family and all my friends back here, and they are all telling me where they were when I hit that first home run and the second one — you don’t realize how cool the experience is until you hear those stories,’’ Conforto said of returning home after the World Series.
This is all about approach — mentally and physically.
“I talked to my dad about the attitude we are going to be bringing into the next year and honestly, I don’t think it changes from the year before when I was starting in the minor leagues,’’ he said. “I don’t take anything for granted.
“I don’t want to tell myself that I have the spot; I want to earn it. Work hard, earn a spot on that team, there are so many great guys on that squad. This year I have to step it up.’’
“My dad had a saying that he learned from Joe Paterno — ‘You’re never as good as you think you are, and you are never as bad as you think you are.’ He always said too — if you are struggling — you have to pick yourself up before you hit the ground. Those things I’ve kept close to me.
“My dad has been a great motivating force for me and a great role model. His input is valued above everybody else. Before the season starts, we always nail down some goals we want to accomplish. Some things that I keep to myself, tangible goals, and from a very young age he has had me do that. And that’s always been very helpful.’’
“She always told me whatever you are doing, whether it’s sports or something else in life you want to do, you have to obsess over it,” Conforto said. “You have to make it something that is very, very important to you. That’s how you become great. That’s where the work comes in and making it a priority over everything else, and it’s really helped me.
“Other than the genetic gifts my parents gave me, they instilled in me a work ethic and a mentality that works with the natural ability,’’ he explained.
That has made all the difference.
That is how Conforto can make the jump from Class-A, to Double-A to the Futures Game to left fielder for the Mets and on to postseason and World Series success.
His powerful bat is a huge weapon for the Mets.
Conforto has worked out in the same facility in nearby Bellevue, Wash., the Athletic Training Institute, the last seven years.