Nimmo Battling

SAVANNAH, GA - This season has been an uphill battle for Brandon Nimmo. He is ready to respond to adversity, something he's done consistently throughout his short career in the minors. Nimmo began the season hot, batting .322 in the month of April before being sidelined in May with a hand injury, only to come back in June. Now he's working to find his rhythm again.

"Right now I'm just battling," Nimmo said. "I am trying to work on a few things at the plate and get a little more consistent, there's always room for improvement. Trying to get back in to that groove that I had at the beginning of the season and once I get back there, things will be all good. [I'm] not giving up, [I'm] fighting every day.

"Obviously I'd like to be hitting a little bit better, but that's a thing that goes up and down, you have your peaks and valleys. I'm happy with how [my] defense is going, I'm happy with how the things I can control are going; the hitting will come."

The vicissitude of a long season is something team manager Luis Rojas has come to expect each of his players to experience and learn from, it's something he believes prepares them for the big leagues.

"He's been doing a great job [handling adversity]," Rojas said proudly. "He's a guy that doesn't mind the adversity, he shows up every day with the same intensity, he doesn't put his head down and he is here to play baseball and help the team win.

"He's learned that he has to stick with his routine and that he also has to incorporate new things into his routine. The pitchers are going to adjust to his strengths. The season is a battle and if guys adjust to you, [he] has to make adjustments back. He's learned a lot."

With Nimmo trying to get back to his early season form it's back to the basics for the promising slugger. In order to get Nimmo back in rhythm, hitting coach Joel Fuentes has him spending a lot of time in the cage as well as working on the tee.

"Sometimes when guys have a good rhythm and a good feel for the game and you go away from that particular momentum when you get injured, you lose your timing you lose your rhythm and location," Fuentes said. "I'm not going to complain about that, that's something he needs to learn."

"It's definitely an adjustment period," Nimmo added. "I had a good first half, teams have made adjustments since then. Now I have to adjust to how they're pitching to me a little bit differently and that's what baseball is, it's a game of adjustments.

"We're just focusing on shortening up the swing a little bit and getting back to making good solid contact all the time. [My] mental approach is still see the ball hit the ball. It's a simple game once you get in between the lines."

Coming into the season, Nimmo wanted to improve his hitting against lefties after batting an abysmal .194 against them last season. Although his numbers show very little improvement in that regard as Nimmo is now batting .196 against lefties, Nimmo believes his improvement is beyond numbers.

"Even though, the numbers only say [something], I've been hitting lefties a lot better than I did last year," Nimmo said. "Last year I'd go up there and maybe hit one ball hard.

"I feel like I've actually been stroking lefties a little bit and having some hits taken away from me. I've been really happy with my improvement against lefties."

Prior to training camp, Nimmo prepared for a long tumultuous season by training to get stronger physically, and that has helped him with his struggles greatly.

"Yeah, definitely. I'm definitely not worn out. By this point last year I was just kind of starting to wear down and get a little bit weaker. I feel good, the strength is still there, I'm maintaining the weight well and I think it's helping me be more consistent. It was a good offseason that is translating into a good season.

"As long as we're having fun and I'm working hard at this and getting better [it's a good season]. If I get better from day one until the end, then it's been a productive season."

Nimmo wants to finish the season strong and help his team win a second half championship which he says would be "the perfect ending" to a season that has been a battle, one he expects to win.


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Right now I'm just battling,\" Nimmo said. \"I am trying to work on a few things at the plate and get a little more consistent, there's always room for improvement. Trying to get back in to that groove that I had at the beginning of the season and once I get back there, things will be all good. [I'm] not giving up, [I'm] fighting every day.
\r\n
\r\n\"Obviously I'd like to be hitting a little bit better, but that's a thing that goes up and down, you have your peaks and valleys. I'm happy with how [my] defense is going, I'm happy with how the things I can control are going; the hitting will come.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe vicissitude of a long season is something team manager Luis Rojas has come to expect each of his players to experience and learn from, it's something he believes prepares them for the big leagues.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's been doing a great job [handling adversity],\" Rojas said proudly. \"He's a guy that doesn't mind the adversity, he shows up every day with the same intensity, he doesn't put his head down and he is here to play baseball and help the team win.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's learned that he has to stick with his routine and that he also has to incorporate new things into his routine. The pitchers are going to adjust to his strengths. The season is a battle and if guys adjust to you, [he] has to make adjustments back. He's learned a lot.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith Nimmo trying to get back to his early season form it's back to the basics for the promising slugger. In order to get Nimmo back in rhythm, hitting coach Joel Fuentes has him spending a lot of time in the cage as well as working on the tee.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes when guys have a good rhythm and a good feel for the game and you go away from that particular momentum when you get injured, you lose your timing you lose your rhythm and location,\" Fuentes said. \"I'm not going to complain about that, that's something he needs to learn.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It's definitely an adjustment period,\" Nimmo added. \"I had a good first half, teams have made adjustments since then. Now I have to adjust to how they're pitching to me a little bit differently and that's what baseball is, it's a game of adjustments.
\r\n
\r\n\"We're just focusing on shortening up the swing a little bit and getting back to making good solid contact all the time. [My] mental approach is still see the ball hit the ball. It's a simple game once you get in between the lines.\"
\r\n
\r\nComing into the season, Nimmo wanted to improve his hitting against lefties after batting an abysmal .194 against them last season. Although his numbers show very little improvement in that regard as Nimmo is now batting .196 against lefties, Nimmo believes his improvement is beyond numbers.
\r\n
\r\n\"Even though, the numbers only say [something], I've been hitting lefties a lot better than I did last year,\" Nimmo said. \"Last year I'd go up there and maybe hit one ball hard.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel like I've actually been stroking lefties a little bit and having some hits taken away from me. I've been really happy with my improvement against lefties.\"
\r\n
\r\nPrior to training camp, Nimmo prepared for a long tumultuous season by training to get stronger physically, and that has helped him with his struggles greatly.
\r\n
\r\n\"Yeah, definitely. I'm definitely not worn out. By this point last year I was just kind of starting to wear down and get a little bit weaker. I feel good, the strength is still there, I'm maintaining the weight well and I think it's helping me be more consistent. It was a good offseason that is translating into a good season.
\r\n
\r\n\"As long as we're having fun and I'm working hard at this and getting better [it's a good season]. If I get better from day one until the end, then it's been a productive season.\"
\r\n
\r\nNimmo wants to finish the season strong and help his team win a second half championship which he says would be \"the perfect ending\" to a season that has been a battle, one he expects to win.
\r\n
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