Player Profile: Country grown in Cheyenne, WY, Brandon Nimmo is a top prospect in the Mets organization. The dynamic outfielder was drafted 13th overall by the Mets in the 2011 Amateur draft out of East HS in Cheyenne. Baseball America ranks Nimmo as the #5 prospect within the organization.
2015 Highlights: Starting in Port St. Lucie at the start of 2015, Nimmo only needed four games to be promoted to Double-A Binghamton Mets, and eventually, finish off the season in Las Vegas 51s. He hit a small roadblock at the beginning of the year where he sprained his ACL forcing a stint on the DL for about four weeks. However, that didn’t halt the progress of the young star. In a total 104 games between the three clubs, the outfielder hit .269 with 16 doubles, four triples and five homeruns. As a leadoff hitter, Nimmo knows what it takes to get on base and it showed in his .362 on-base percentage. The Mets are anxiously awaiting the debut of this versatile outfielder, and after a solid 2015 campaign, it seems like only a matter of time before his name is called.
Contract Situation: Nimmo had a full scholarship at the University of Arkansas waiting after his high school graduation, but he decided signing the Mets $2.1 million bonus was a better offer. The recommended bonus for his 13th overall draft slot was $1.65 million.
Tradable/Untradeable: Nimmo possesses an outstanding set of tools that can only get better as he matures. Not even at the peak of his play, the outfielder’s upside is limitless, which is why the Mets shouldn’t be shopping their first rounder any time soon.
2016 Outlook: Nimmo recently torn a tendon in his left foot leaving him off the non-roster invitees list for spring training in Port St. Lucie. After his return, which should be by Opening Day, expect to see him in Triple-A Las Vegas. Nimmo will need some time to not only recover from his injury, but to show the organization that he can produce the same way he did last year. He finished strong in Las Vegas and is the clear favorite for an outfield replacement if the Mets decide bring a prospect up. The backups for the Mets now would be Alejandro De Aza and Juan Lagares who have proved they are not consistent players. If production isn’t up to par, don’t be surprised to hear Nimmo’s name called at some point in the 2016 season.