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Brandon Nimmo may force Sandy Alderson’s hand

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.


More: Nimmo in action, talking about his strengths and weaknesses, with SNY.TV




72 comments
Edwin Cruz
Edwin Cruz

He sounds perfect for Citi Field..... 

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

Ummm they don't. Look at the numbers. Only Lagares.

kjmeade
kjmeade

Let him enjoy the sucess and build more confidence.  He is still young and has plenty to learn and improve.   If he can sustain the sucess all year you can put him on the fast track next year.


Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Lastings Milledge, Jordanny Valdespin. So many others. But at this point any outfielder who hits better than .250 is a genuine find. But you just never know with these guys. Just look at TDA. And Flores. Two 'can't miss' prospects. To be fair the jury is still out on both of them but the initial numbers are poor.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

If the fences stay the same, it sounds lime Nimmo might be the type of hitter you need for Citi since typical power corner outfeilders could struggle more with careers in Queens most of year.  

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Ok, so I'm confused...is the suggestion here that Sandy forget his promotion plan for prospects and promote Nimmo from Single-A to Queens?  

George Brezny
George Brezny

Not going to matter if they don't move the fences in...again...sigh...

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Don't worry, Sandy, keep him in the Minors for another decade. We have plenty of good hitters on this team.

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

there is a difference between a plethora of OFers and quality OFers

Matt Schwenker
Matt Schwenker

Third in batting average at .333

Fifth in OPS at .918.
Second in on base percentage at .463.
FIRST in walks with 40.
Tied for 12th in stolen bases with 7.
Tied for the lead with 6 others with 4 triples. 
Fifth with 55 hits.

At the age of 21. In a pitchers league.

Those are league stats, not team.

It might simply be that Brandon is not being challenged enough at High A. 

But please, don't let progress and growth get in the way of procedure. *sarcasm off*

qualcomm
qualcomm

So what is he projecting into exactly? If he's an outfielder with limited power, average speed and average defense... how high do they expect this batting average to be?

slainte2
slainte2

I like NImmo for this team.  

Either move in the fences or build the team to fit the park ... power just doesn't play at citifield.  Mets players (especially OF) should be defense first guys, speed on bases, high OBP guys who hit line drives and ground balls, and preferably don't strike out a lot.  I actually think Sandy was going OF defense first while trying to also find power when he signed CY and Granderson.  Defense is working, but power is not.  

Nimmo fits that whole model, good D, speed, high OBP, doubles hitter (tho needs to cut down on Ks) but concededly small power.  Plawecki fits too at C, with high OBP, low K%, low power.  If you are going to take a flyer on power, should be in IF where maybe you trade a little D for a little more pop.  if one spot, I take a shot at big lumbering 1B that can hit ball a long way (another reason Abreu would have been nice). 

archer41
archer41

Bring up all the kids.  This slop team isn't winning anytime soon. Regarding the lineup, keep Murph.  Shop everyone else.  

Brett Fox
Brett Fox

Not that he's a big prospect or anything, but why is TJ Rivera in high A for his 3rd straight year? He has put up good numbers each year and is hitting .380 this year

Greg Lambert
Greg Lambert

The Mets already have a plethora of outfielders....they should focus on infielders....preferably Shortstops and first baseman.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Aderlin Rodriguez seemed he was the next power hitter out of the Mets system but now he isn't hitting that well in hi A ball

slainte2
slainte2

he is talking about promoting to AA instead of leaving him in high A all year.  Nimmo is not coming to Flushing this year.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Noone sees him as a Big time power hitter meaning?..what his ceiling will be 20 hrs in a season?..reports in the past said he reminded scouts of Von Hayes.

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

if he is ready then cut CY asap . I rather give this kid more time to learn here then give CY any more time . The future is important i am not say rush him but if he is ready after the all star break the move to make is cutting CY

Kevin McManus
Kevin McManus

The maturity of talent in High A ball as opposed to what he will see in AA will have those young eyes of his wide open again if he is rushed Let him continue to grow and and hit in Florida this year . If he continues to thrive in AA next season a call up to AAA mid season still puts him in a place to compete for a job Spring 2016. No need to rush him because he won't be ready for the big leagues in 2015

mettle
mettle

Please, just figure out his Super Two date and go from there.

Frank Garza
Frank Garza

He should be in AA now, so we can see if he's the real deal.  We may need him for next year in the OF.

yankeehater
yankeehater

Nimmo should be competing for a job in 2016. He has to start building up some power though (same for dom smith). .280 hitting of'ers who hit 10 hrs a year are a waste. 

BTW, we rushed palfrey like crazy and that didn't work out so well.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Another .220 hitter with no power. That's all they have.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

If he continues to hit, by the beginning of summer consider bumping him a level.  This notion that you "must" do anything is stupid.  Don't rush him, but don't hold him back either; it's not like he's stuck behind a wall of veteran talent.  I'm always fascinated by the apparent lack of basic common sense from this team's "brain trust".  

crafalko17
crafalko17

@C.K. Dexter Haven No, just instead of spending a full year at each level he may move through the minors more quickly. Something like ending the season in AA here, starting in AA next year, getting promoted early if he starts off hot and could potentially be a September call-up next year instead of 2016. Just speed up SA's planned progression for him.

zoddie
zoddie

@George Brezny Every ballpark doesn't need to be the same dimensions.  Baseball did that in the 70s.  It sucked.

zoddie
zoddie

@718kidd I assume you've scouted Nimmo?  Or checked his stats at any point in your life?  No?

Wheeler is a bust?  He just turned 23 years old. 

zoddie
zoddie

Like you said, he's 21 years old.  He hasn't even played 50 games in High A yet.  Omar used to rush guys and they rarely panned out.  Nimmo's also batting .258 this month despite a recent hot streak so it isn't like there's nothing for him to learn in A+ ball.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@qualcomm If you look at his stats he is a leadoff hitter, he has better speed then given credit for he needs to learn how to steal a base. This kid is going to be good, don't forget you have your CF'er so Nimmo will be more then above average corner outfielder. His power will improve as he gets older and fills out his frame. Think Grady Sizemore/ Jacoby Elsbury when thinking Nimmo.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Brett Fox He will probably go to Binghamton around the all star break during call ups, but he's 25 and though he has been consistent at every level there have been no off the chart stats until this year to justify moving him through really fast.

Gerald Montagna
Gerald Montagna

Surely you jest.  We'll be lucky if any of Granderson and the two Youngs even hit 220 -- entirely possible that the combined B.A. for the three this year won't break the Mendoza Line.  How could Nimmo be any worse?

George Brezny
George Brezny

Agreed.... Have to give up some of the pitching prospects to get them...

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Albert E Lewis Nimmo will be fine power wise remember he is not your normal 21 year old. No H.S ball so he is still learning it will come. I measured his doubles and triples compared to Las Vegas he would have 6 HR's if he was in triple A. Of course Las Vegas is a pitchers park but people would be rating him a lot higher if he were there. He will be a 20-25 hr hitter.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Victor Triguero  Only through trade.  But I don't see it happening now.  Because Sandy has no leverage in a trade now.  Second thought...  An impact player would either have to be traded here with time left on his existing deal, or be willing to sign an extension.  No sense giving up multiple prospects for a rental (unless you're San Fran).  BUT...it's hypothetical time:  

Let's say you're Nelson Cruz.  You signed a one year with the O's and their nice tiny ballpark, and had a HUGE year.  Now Mr. MoneyBall calls you to hunt strikes in his HUGE ballpark in Queens.  You entertaining ANYTHING he says unless it comes with a check with a LOT of zeros?  

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Victor Triguero should have signed abreau...like many of us were screaming for. they have NO big boppers anywhere in the system.

zoddie
zoddie

@Frank Garza Too soon.  He's 21 and has played less than 50 games at A+.  It would be stupid to rush him.

zoddie
zoddie

@yankeehater You sure about that?  Ellsbury hit .298 with 9 HRs last year and .271 with 4 HRs in a shortened season the year before and he just got $153m from the Yankees.  There is more to baseball than batting average and HRs.

yankeehater
yankeehater

hell hit .300...but with minimal power

zoddie
zoddie

@Zach Goeringer @Brett FoxExactly.  He was old for his league last year and had an OPS of .698.  It hasn't even been 40 games yet.  If he keeps it up, he'll get a promotion to Binghamton.

archer41
archer41

@qualcomm @Victor Triguero  Abreu has 15 homers already, a number not likely to be topped by these hitters.  The captain is on pace for about 8.  

qualcomm
qualcomm

@yankeehater If you do that on this team, you ride the pine and play behind Tejada.  

zoddie
zoddie

@davidus1 @bleedblue4@qualcommPence is a hacker and doesn't draw many walks.  Nimmo is getting into deep counts and drawing lots of walks.  He won't have the power that Sizemore did.  Ellsbury is closer, maybe.


Maybe something like Brett Butler.