Brandon Nimmo, the Mets’ 3rd ranked outfield prospect real close to making the jump into Major League baseball, but he has a few roadblocks between him and Citi Field.
Drafted out of high school with the No. 13 overall pick in the first round of the 2011 draft, Nimmo has spent the last couple of seasons honing his craft in Minor League Baseball. He began last season with the A St. Lucie Mets but was called up halfway and ended the year with the AA Binghamton Mets amassing a combined total of 467 At bats, 130 hits, 51 RBIs, 105 strikeouts, and 10 homers for a 0.278 batting average and 0.394 OBP.
The overall consensus on MLB’s 73rd overall prospect is that, given time, he will be a solid mid-order batting option that can center field as well as outfield corner. The-21 year-old possesses average speed but makes up for this with his quick hands and solid hitting. Nimmo has been given an overall rating of 55 by the Mets’ recruiters attributing with his hit capability giving him an advantage over other competitors. His high strike out rate is somewhat concerning although he has shown steady improvement and demonstrates patience when batting as he often works the count for a walk.
His current ETA on his scouting report is listed as 2016 which seems about right. Heading into the new season, Nimmo will be looking to replay last season and get a divisional promotion to AAA ball. Another 6 months to a year in the most competitive league prior to the big show should be ample improvement time.
The highest drafted Wyomingite, where high school baseball is not played, Nimmo has to continue to refine his swing and avoid injury, something that hampered his early career. With practice, patience, determination, and a little luck, there is no reason not to imagine Brandon Nimmo starting in the outfield for the New York Mets in 2016, 2017 at the latest. A proven hit machine that seconds as a useful scoring option, Nimmo has shown grit, effort, and a constant need to improve, all qualities that will endear him to his future coaches, fans, and teammates.