Mets and scouts are impressed by Mets OF prospect Brandon Nimmo

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In the last few months, I’ve heard team insiders say more good things about 21-year-old Mets OF Brandon 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.


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According to rival scouts, Nimmo is still figuring out what kind of player he is going to be (Baseball Prospectus, May 7).

“He’s built like a power hitter, but approaches his at-bats like a table-setter,” the scout reports. “He could start on a first-division team.”

Nimmo was drafted by the Mets with the top pick in 2011.

The Baseball Prospectus scout describes Nimmo as the following:

“Classic left-handed stance. … short swing, especially for a tall player, with a slight natural uppercut. … Hits with a line-drive approach and is extremely patient at the plate, even in RBI situations. … Does not have the premium bat speed needed to generate plus power. … Still learning how to drive the ball. … Does not have quick acceleration, but runs well. … Can play adequate defense in center field or plus defense on the corners.”

ESPN.com’s Keith Law ranked Nimmo the 92nd overall prospect in baseball at the end of last season.

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, probably around 2016.


Here is the latest Prospect File from SNY.TV about Nimmo, during which he talks about his game, strengths and weaknesses:



Read more about Nimmo, who is well on his way toward a promotion to Double-A




57 comments
Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Bring him up and let him play.....get rid of the yankee

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Just what the Mets need. Another .200 hitter with no power.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Alll jokes aside Von Hayes with a little less speed is what I heard 2 scouts say about Nimmo.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Can he Lead Off? If so, teach him how to play first base and bring him up!!!

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

Sounds like a Granderson type player.....When he was with Detroit

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Move him up then and see how he performs?

heynow20
heynow20

Everyone complains we don't have any good position player prospects and then Sandy drafts what appears (so far) to be one and now everyone complains we didn't draft Jose Fernandez...can't have it both ways guys.

chasesimms
chasesimms

 Clearly "buying in to the team’s hitting philosophy" is going to be his downfall.  That's like bragging that someone has bought into OJ Simpson's "successful marriage philosophy."  

hashburry
hashburry

“He could start on a first-division team.”  NCAA football?  I think he still has eligibility.


I hope for our sake he turns into a good player.  The "impressed' comments from scouts seem more tepid than raves to me.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Toby...any word on the PTBNL in the Ike trade? 

hankincolo
hankincolo

Toby, how far away from making the bigs is Dilson Herrera (sp?) Is he a 2nd baseman only?

Nimmo is one of the bright spots of this organization.  He is a great hitter, great fielder, and plays a premium defensive position.  How could anyone be upset by that?  People talking smack about Nimmo are just ridiculous.  Pull your head out of the sand, he is a great prospect.  The Mets need more guys like him.

thjopr6986
thjopr6986

Another mets prospect that won't amount to a hill of beans.

Eddie McAniff
Eddie McAniff

WTF is the teams hitting philosophy?  Striking out?

Robert Kramisen
Robert Kramisen

You do realize NO ONE is like Mike Trout? He's on a level we haven't seen in decades. Don't compare anyone currently to him because that's unfair. Also, Wil Meyers isn't a great example since he's doing well on a team that didn't development him. Something about a trade. And yet Mets fans hate trading for prospects. It's like this whole draft thing is really hard!

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

A couple of months ago I was talking to an area scout with the Pirates and I was grilling him about what he thought of the Mets prospects, Thor, etc. And for the most part every one I brought up he was almost being politically correct nice. But then HE brought up Nimmo and he couldn't stop raving about him. I admit I had been screaming about SA picking Nimmo with his lack of HS experience but this guy said he thinks Nimmo could develop into a 30 HR type guy. For what it's worth. But he loved him! 

tullydew
tullydew

Sandy screwed up, he passed on Jose Fernandez to pick Nimmo.

Thanks Sandy!!

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

@tobyhyde  Toby, I've really appreciated your coverage of Nimmo on your site.  The last piece about him, which focused on his training and nutrition, gave some really good insights as to the kid's character and motivation.  

Excitement about Nimmo has been building pretty slowly, which I think is a good thing.  I don't think he's looked at as some over-touted savior, but has a strong chance of being a really solid player for many years to come.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what he does as he climbs up the organization's ladder, and am hoping for a late-season call-up next year, if he's ready.

heynow20
heynow20

Yes, lets hope he doesn't work out so you can keep complaining..

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Easy to say now that you know what Fernandez is. Don't remember anyone getting on Sandy at the time.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

@Pete Brilvitch  It's not that we knew what fernandez would become it's that, like hashburry said, he was down on everyones boards and probably wasn't even going to be a 1st round pick. Just like passing on Wacha for Checchini the following year. Checchini is Tejada 2.0 and was another guy that wasn't projected as a 1st round pick. It's not that were givinng Sandy heat for passing up Wacha or Fernandez. Were giving him heat for wasting a first rounder on a player with second round talent and leaving more talented players on the board. No one will complain about Dom Smith because he was actually projected to go earlier than where we got him

hashburry
hashburry

@Pete Brilvitch  Well, everyone scratched their heads over this pick since Nimmo wasn't on anyone's board.  Alderson clearly reached and could have gotten him with his supplemental pick which was a bust.  The Marlins certainly knew what Fernandez was.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

So were Harvey, Lagares, Wright, Niese, Gee, etc.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

The thing is, Sandy may have actually been right about Nimmo. He looks better than some guys picked ahead of him but no one wants to talk about that. I'll admit that the Checchini pick is tougher to defend, although Tejeda 2.0 is a bit harsh. He is doing a bit better this year, so I won't give up on him just yet.

richjames
richjames

@SuperDuper @Pete Brilvitch Nimmo supposed to be up late 2015 or 2016 and play corner OF.  The Mets 1st pick this year is a left fielder.  If Nimmo and Conforto can hit and play good Def - I like them with Lagaris.  They picked a SS in round 3.  Sounds like a great glove guy- not much of a hitter.

heynow20
heynow20

You would think but the vibe you get on this site is 100% constantly negative.  When the team was 4 games over .500, 75% of the comments were bashing Sandy, TC, EY Jr., Wright, TDA...basically the whole team besides Murphy and Lagares.  Heck, they even bash Gee and Niese for not going "long enough" into games.  The best (and most frustrating) part is how contradictory everyones comments are.  They want miracles and immediate results and don't want to hear about progress.  Very disappointing.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

It's unreal. Nimmo is 21 and tearing up advanced A. A promotion to AA should be coming soon. Mets fans should be excited, right? (Sigh)

heynow20
heynow20

Pete, doesn't matter what Sandy does...they will just point out what he didn't do. 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Sonny Grey has been very good as well. Again, easy to say that Sandy messed up now that you know what he is. A lot of GMs passed on him as well. Just because those two made it the the majors quickly doesn't necessarily mean that Sandy screwed up. Nimmo may turn out to be a solid player in his own right.

tullydew
tullydew

Sandy also passed on Sonny Grey who has been outstanding since being called up last year. So Fernandez is one of the best pitchers in MLB and Sonny Grey is already doing well for the A's.

Nimmo is still in Single A.

Yes...Sandy screwed up.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

You're right, he did get some heat for that pick. I think you always need to make a pick with the big picture in mind as opposed to focusing on short term needs. I give Sandy credit as he could have went with a safer selection that wouldn't have been criticized.

heynow20
heynow20

Pete, please stop with your logical, rational analysis; this is Metsblog, where everyone just wants to whine..

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Fernandez has clearly been the best pick in that draft. With that in mind, why did 12 other teams pass on him? Did the Marlins know what he was, or did they pick a guy with upside and get lucky? I've read a few analysis after that draft and noone thought he was a steal where picked. As for Nimmo, the experts did think he was a bit of a reach. With that said, it doesn't necessarily mean the Mets screwed up when you consider what he's doing right now. Time will tell.