Nimmo Just Getting Started

Brandon Nimmo and the Brooklyn Cyclones' first outing of the season proved successful and promising in the development of this young talent. Although Nimmo went 0-3 with a walk in his opening start, the stats belie his strengths. Having used his speed to reach on an error and keen eye to manage a walk that began the Cyclones' 8th inning run, Nimmo truly played to his abilities.

His talents paid off when he scored the Cyclones' first run of the season in the same inning. His season actually began during the offseason, however.

"During the offseason I went to the University of Arkansas where I was committed to go play baseball and I worked out with a couple of guys who are professional players right now," Nimmo said. "It was a great feeling because when you're working out with guys who are also in the same situation, you push each other harder."

Nimmo spent most of his first Spring Training honing his skills, accepting nothing less than the razor sharpness required for his current status in the game.

"I'm still working on what I'm good at and trying to make it better: keeping my speed up, reading balls from the pitcher, and keening my eyes for the strike zone. This is obviously a much higher level of play so I've definitely had to make adjustments.

"The biggest thing has been to keep getting more at-bats and playing the game every day, which in turn helps me to pick up pitches better and get the strike zone better."

As much as Nimmo is focused on tightening his game, he has not deluded himself about the difficulties that will present themselves as his career in the league and beyond, progresses. When asked what areas he could improve upon, the ever humble Nimmo replied characteristically.

"Oh man, everything. I'm not in the major leagues and I've got a lot of room to improve. I've got to get better reads in the outfield, better footwork. I need to get stronger, make better contact more consistently, I can't miss my pitch when I get it, better base running - a lot of things," Nimmo said.

Overall, Nimmo was very satisfied with the way Spring Training and Extended Spring Training went, citing experiences in playing two big league games as the highlights.

"I was very happy with training. I got to play in two big league games. That was amazing. I played against the Cardinals and the Yankees. Although they don't tell us our stats, I kept a track of mine for the last three weeks and I ended up with a .500 AVG with a .750 OBP. I played well personally and I felt that I got a lot better," Nimmo said with a smile.

Nimmo is currently listed at 6-foot-3 with his weight moving between 195 and 200lbs. He is not feeling any effects of the knee surgery on his ACL from back in 2009 and in fact, by his own admission, feels better than he did before the surgery. He is not daunted by the season ahead nor is he intimidated by the older competition in the Penn League as he has projected high hopes for this year with the Cyclones.

"The Penn League shouldn't be much different as I've been playing against them since last season. Everyone else is really talented in the game, and you got to be smarter, but it's still baseball, albeit at a higher and faster level," Nimmo said. "My overall expectation for this year is to win a championship. It's the only thing that matters."

Brooklyn Cyclones' hitting coach Bobby Malek shares Nimmo's enthusiasm and holds the young player in a high regard; leaving the modesty to Nimmo.

"The sky's the limit for this kid," Malek said. "He's got all the talent in the world and a great head on his shoulders."

In reflecting on Nimmo's performance during spring training, Malek noted improvements in all areas.

"His offense has improved tremendously," Malek added. "His defense has also improved. He controls centerfield and he has great communication with the other outfielders. He's definitely gotten better."

Nimmo's work ethic and intelligence have impressed Malek the most.

"He was in the cage every day, he took extra fly balls, ground balls, he did everything. He's got a high baseball IQ, which makes him easy to talk to. He's also really turned his power on. He's a line-drive hitter and he can hurt you. It's going to be fun to watch him develop," Malek said.

Praise and expectations for the young Nimmo were felt at every level, as manager Rich Donnelly spared no time after the game getting to the quick of Nimmo's skill, potential, and character.

"He's such a good kid and he's so beyond his years. Honestly, I just watch him and admire him. I wish every kid could have his attitude, it's special, above special," Donnelly said as praise for Nimmo.

Donelly continued in his assessment of Nimmo in quoting a line about Muhammad Ali and the trials of great athletes.

"Is he going to struggle? You betcha he is but you know what somebody once told me, ‘Muhammad Ali was the greatest of all time, but he did not win every round.' You're not gonna win every round; you're gonna get beat and you're gonna get knocked down but you gotta bounce back," Donelly said.

Donnelly is optimistic for Nimmo's future but not blind to the realities of what it takes to make the jump to the majors.

"It's not like you leap from being a high school kid to a big leaguer, it's a grind," Donnelly said of the transition. "Take David Wright for example. He played for four years in the minors after being drafted out of high school, about 1600 at-bats.

"It's tough but he's a good guy to follow, both in style and character. It's going to take Brandon some time but he will be a dandy."


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nHis talents paid off when he scored the Cyclones' first run of the season in the same inning. His season actually began during the offseason, however.
\r\n
\r\n\"During the offseason I went to the University of Arkansas where I was committed to go play baseball and I worked out with a couple of guys who are professional players right now,\" Nimmo said. \"It was a great feeling because when you're working out with guys who are also in the same situation, you push each other harder.\"
\r\n
\r\nNimmo spent most of his first Spring Training honing his skills, accepting nothing less than the razor sharpness required for his current status in the game.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm still working on what I'm good at and trying to make it better: keeping my speed up, reading balls from the pitcher, and keening my eyes for the strike zone. This is obviously a much higher level of play so I've definitely had to make adjustments.
\r\n
\r\n\"The biggest thing has been to keep getting more at-bats and playing the game every day, which in turn helps me to pick up pitches better and get the strike zone better.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs much as Nimmo is focused on tightening his game, he has not deluded himself about the difficulties that will present themselves as his career in the league and beyond, progresses. When asked what areas he could improve upon, the ever humble Nimmo replied characteristically.
\r\n
\r\n\"Oh man, everything. I'm not in the major leagues and I've got a lot of room to improve. I've got to get better reads in the outfield, better footwork. I need to get stronger, make better contact more consistently, I can't miss my pitch when I get it, better base running - a lot of things,\" Nimmo said.
\r\n
\r\nOverall, Nimmo was very satisfied with the way Spring Training and Extended Spring Training went, citing experiences in playing two big league games as the highlights.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was very happy with training. I got to play in two big league games. That was amazing. I played against the Cardinals and the Yankees. Although they don't tell us our stats, I kept a track of mine for the last three weeks and I ended up with a .500 AVG with a .750 OBP. I played well personally and I felt that I got a lot better,\" Nimmo said with a smile.
\r\n
\r\nNimmo is currently listed at 6-foot-3 with his weight moving between 195 and 200lbs. He is not feeling any effects of the knee surgery on his ACL from back in 2009 and in fact, by his own admission, feels better than he did before the surgery. He is not daunted by the season ahead nor is he intimidated by the older competition in the Penn League as he has projected high hopes for this year with the Cyclones.
\r\n
\r\n\"The Penn League shouldn't be much different as I've been playing against them since last season. Everyone else is really talented in the game, and you got to be smarter, but it's still baseball, albeit at a higher and faster level,\" Nimmo said. \"My overall expectation for this year is to win a championship. It's the only thing that matters.\"
\r\n
\r\nBrooklyn Cyclones' hitting coach Bobby Malek shares Nimmo's enthusiasm and holds the young player in a high regard; leaving the modesty to Nimmo.
\r\n
\r\n\"The sky's the limit for this kid,\" Malek said. \"He's got all the talent in the world and a great head on his shoulders.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn reflecting on Nimmo's performance during spring training, Malek noted improvements in all areas.
\r\n
\r\n\"His offense has improved tremendously,\" Malek added. \"His defense has also improved. He controls centerfield and he has great communication with the other outfielders. He's definitely gotten better.\"
\r\n
\r\nNimmo's work ethic and intelligence have impressed Malek the most.
\r\n
\r\n\"He was in the cage every day, he took extra fly balls, ground balls, he did everything. He's got a high baseball IQ, which makes him easy to talk to. He's also really turned his power on. He's a line-drive hitter and he can hurt you. It's going to be fun to watch him develop,\" Malek said.
\r\n
\r\nPraise and expectations for the young Nimmo were felt at every level, as manager Rich Donnelly spared no time after the game getting to the quick of Nimmo's skill, potential, and character.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's such a good kid and he's so beyond his years. Honestly, I just watch him and admire him. I wish every kid could have his attitude, it's special, above special,\" Donnelly said as praise for Nimmo.
\r\n
\r\nDonelly continued in his assessment of Nimmo in quoting a line about Muhammad Ali and the trials of great athletes.
\r\n
\r\n\"Is he going to struggle? You betcha he is but you know what somebody once told me, ‘Muhammad Ali was the greatest of all time, but he did not win every round.' You're not gonna win every round; you're gonna get beat and you're gonna get knocked down but you gotta bounce back,\" Donelly said.
\r\n
\r\nDonnelly is optimistic for Nimmo's future but not blind to the realities of what it takes to make the jump to the majors.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's not like you leap from being a high school kid to a big leaguer, it's a grind,\" Donnelly said of the transition. \"Take David Wright for example. He played for four years in the minors after being drafted out of high school, about 1600 at-bats.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's tough but he's a good guy to follow, both in style and character. It's going to take Brandon some time but he will be a dandy.\"
\r\n
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