Scouting Mets' Prospect Brandon Nimmo

The Mets made a highly intriguing first round draft pick in 2011 when they took a high school player from Wyoming by the name of Brandon Nimmo. It was an unconventional pick that was destined to be followed closely. As the New York-Penn League neared its conclusion, I got a closer look at the Mets' outfield prospect.

Name: Brandon Nimmo
Position: Outfield
Team: New York Mets
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: New York-Penn League


Physical Description

Nimmo is an outstanding athlete, and this has been what's fascinated the Mets' organization. He looks like he'll add a few pounds, but what you'll see down the road is a wiry, strong athlete with a lot of spring to his frame.

Hitting

Most scouts in the industry assumed Nimmo would likely take some time to develop as a hitter because of his background and lack of high level experience. I came away quite impressed with the significant strides Nimmo made as the New York-Penn League season wore on. He's still learning to hit the breaking ball consistently, and as a result the swing and miss stats are a little high right now. What Nimmo did show was a surprisingly advanced idea of the strike zone. He doesn't expand much, and that bodes very well for his development as an average hitter.

Power

Nimmo's bat is very lively. The ball jumps to the gaps in batting practice and he stays in the middle of the field well. He's still on his front foot a little too often to consistently lift the ball, but he has the liveliness and bat speed to eventually be a 20 home run bat in the big leagues. And, he does already possess very low effort pull power when he squares one up.

Speed

Nimmo is a 6 runner. This is something he's going to maintain as he matures. His speed will be a featured aspect of his game.

Fielding

You could make the case for Nimmo as a center fielder, but right now left field looks like a more realistic spot. He'll profile well above average defensively there, and his average arm will play nicely. Nimmo still appears to make some youthful mistakes in the outfield, but in time should be a very high quality defender.

Summation

There's a lot of things in Nimmo's game that could and most likely will make him a big leaguer. The question will be just how much his bat will progress. His plus athleticism, speed, and defensive abilities will give him tools to fall back on, and he does have the jump off his bat to push him to the big leagues. We'll just have to see what adjustments he makes against higher level pitching, but his plate discipline leads me to believe these are adjustments that he can make.