Mets Single-A OF prospect Brandon Nimmo entered Monday with the fourth-best batting average, second in OBP and fifth in hits in the Florida State League, which is known for favoring pitching over hitting.
The organization’s plan is to have Nimmo play a full season at every level, meaning his major-league debut might not come until late 2016, according to reporter Jared Diamond (WSJ, May 20).
However, Mets assistant GM John Ricco told Diamond, if Nimmo keeps playing this well, “He may force our hand. He may jump here quicker than we expected.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
May 8: In the last few months, I’ve heard team insiders say more good things about Nimmo than I had in the previous few years. The big talking point lately revolves around his maturity, stature and dedication to health, fitness and buying in to the team’s hitting philosophy. They like to say he left last season as a wide-eyed kid and reported to camp in February as a hungry, young man. … I don’t think anyone sees him as a big-time power hitter, but there appears to be little question he has the ability to get to, stick and contribute in the big leagues.