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Mets OF prospect Brandon Nimmo back from ankle injury

Mets Single-A OF prospect Brandon Nimmo was pulled from Tuesday’s game, but returned Wednesday going 1 for 4, with a run scored and a stolen base.

He left Tuesday’s game with a sprained left ankle, but left the field on his own power, according to reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, May 27).


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.”

“He’s tearing it up down there right now,” Mets Director of Player Development Dick Scott said on Monday (Press & Sun Bulletin, May 29). “It’s the perfect scenario where you have guys forcing your hand. It almost leaves us no other response than to promote him.  “That’s what you want from your players. You want them to push and play well as opposed to playing an entire year and saying, ‘Well let’s send him to the next level just because, kind of a right of passage.’ That’s just not how it works.”


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




57 comments
Justin Kaiser
Justin Kaiser

Hell if he keeps going, we need a left fielder opening day of next year. Give it to him. That might be a little aggressive, but if he shows us he can, don't hold him back because of any "plan".

Justin Kaiser
Justin Kaiser

Nothing should be black and white. If he keeps destroying the minor leagues, you promote him in September of next year...

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Holy crap has this guy bulked up since they drafted him?!  

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Both Nimmo and herrera have nothing left to prove. Especially nimmo. He tore the cover off the ball the first month hitting nearly .400. Struggled for two weeks then passed the main test. After a two week slum he recovered and got hot again. Recovering from a slump is what the best hitters in the majors do. They should really send him up in june but will probably wait till end of first have. If they keep him there for full year they are stupid. Giving both players a half year at AA is huge. If they get 60 plus games at AA and play well u are looking at at a mid year call up next year if the continue to succeed. The sooner you move both up the more time they have to adjust and succeed

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

This team is damned if they do, and damned if they don't.  They've got a couple of decent homegrown position players in Wright and Murphy.  The jury may still be out on Duda, Flores and Lagares, but the latter has certainly opened most eyes this year, with his stellar defense alone, not to mention his consistent (so far) offense.


I'm glad the Mets have been taking it slow with Nimmo, but as someone commented, he may force their hand.  And good for him.  Following Toby's site, Nimmo has apparently made great strides since last year, in many ways.  Given that this guy did not face consistent high-end opponents growing up in Wyoming, he seems to be making up for lost time.  He has a long, long way to go, but I'm glad the Mets took a chance on him.  Nimmo appears to be a quality prospect, and a solid citizen.

mrfurley
mrfurley

he could bat .600 in AAA and mets wouldkeep him down with some lame ass excuse.....he too young,he hits it too hard to left field,he needs to develop some bologna aspect of his gane,he needs braces,yada yada yada......

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

I am interested to see who we get from Pittsburgh for Ike. It was rumored to be a high draft choice from prior season who couldn't be announced before this years draft

Mike DeRosa
Mike DeRosa

Full season my ass. If he's destroying A, then bring him up to AA and see how he does @_@

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

Nimmo is a 2/3/5/6 Hitter... as a hopeful outcome. His power is developing...and the Met's Minor League Locations are very, very tough. Of course,  Vegas is a house of Mirrors,  but that's pretty much just a finishing/waiting area for the big club.


Lamenting the "Lack of Puigs" is Just silly!!!! Age 22-24 arrivals are young players!  The list of guys with both upside and present performance is growing...  Nimmo, Plawecki, Puello, Smith, Herrera...  Rosario, Cechinni, McNeil....  it's a growing list

yankeehater
yankeehater

He should have a legit shot going into 2016. 2 full years after this year in the minors seems a little ridiculous.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

This organization is really bad at drafting and developing hitters.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

It's sad when you need to resort to giving daily updates about a question mark in A ball.

 Is there a law that says that absolutely every Mets draft pick needs to spend 5 years in the minors?  With the way they draft it's a wonder anyone gives 30 seconds paying attention to this exercise in wishful thinking.  The words "impact player" are almost always excluded from their lexicon.  Who cares what a kid is doing in "High A", it's still a trillion miles from the majors.  While we're clutching prayer beads over hitting streaks in the boonies, real teams are picking off the Abreu's, Tanaka's and Puig's.  This organization is a pathetic joke.

CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

Also Dominic Smith has 9 game hitting streak and is batting .343 over last 10 games in Savannah. Plawecki is hitting .362/.378/.536 in the month of May, with his first two home runs of the year. 20-year-old Dilson Herrera has hits in 12 of his last 13 games over which time he has hit .448/.450/.655 and two home runs and only 3 strikeouts. HE is up to .328/.368/.436 in 47 games this year and is also 11/13 in steals. 

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

Let him have the whole year in High-A, and then the whole 2015 in AA, but if he excels as both, he really doesn't need a full year in Las Vegas I wouldn't think. Maybe a month or two, but that should be it.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

One of the most frustrating things about this organization is the inability to draft young guys with loads of talent ready to contribute at a young age. Sure, I know it isn't the norm, but it's the exceptions that have an impact and the Mets have not, historically, been impactful apart from some young pitching and a few outliers like Wright and Strawberry.

Still looking for this franchise's Aaron, Mantle, Mays, Greenberg, Musial, Kiner, Stargell, etc. The odds are against not being able to do it once in 50 years, but they've beaten those odds.

mets1973
mets1973

The key thing is that both these young men hit line drives. In a cavernous park like Citifield a contact hitter who can hit them up the gap can be very productive. They are still young and the power will come later.

yankeehater
yankeehater

Nimmo needs to hit for power, as does smith. The Mets being in the basement in Hr's every year, and pretty much being a lousy team every year, is no coincidence. Yeah, I know...Nimmo is young. Its his 4th year in the system...he needs to start showing some pop.

The positives are that he is hitting, he seems to have an advanced eye at the plate, and he's still about 2 years younger than the average at A+ ball.

zoddie
zoddie

If Nimmo keeps it up, they will probably promote him after the first half.

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

@TheTrueStork The jury is out on Flores & Lagares.....but after after almost 4 years don't we know all we need to about Duda?

Kavalor
Kavalor

@Joe Wenzel 

I don't know how much influence the mets have on the Monor League Parks as they are not the owners of the franchises. I guess they have most influence in St.Lucie . 

But Savanah will either get a new Ballpark or leave town in the near Future, at least thats what it looks like. Historic Grayson is just getting to old. But if the Mets are still affiliated with the team then is currently unknown. 

anymos
anymos

@Jerry Colfer Yep, we have a chance to make out pretty well from dealing with the Pirates these past couple of years.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

AA will get him facing some pitching with good secondary stuff and would speed his development. As others noted, Herrera is another at the top of Str Lucie lineup that needs to move up.

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

I live in Fl.Saw him play two weeks ago.He needs to move up.But so does Dilson Heria, not sure if I got his last name correct.But the kid can field 2nd base and can hit.Power for a litter guy.Nimmo and Dilson are the youngest on ST.L.He is from the Buck trade or Byrd.

Kavalor
Kavalor

@Mike DeRosa 

My guess is that if he keeps it up he will be promoted after the end of the 1st half in the FSL. This is when the usually did the first round of promotions. Second rounds happens mailly if a team makes the playoffs.

Which in A+ and A you can if you win the 1st half. 

And if you look at the standings:

A: Southern Division:  Savannah 1. 34-15 - 7 ahead of Asheville

A+ Southern Division:  St. Lucie - 1. 31-21 - 1,5 ahead of Fort Myers

AA: Eastern Division:  Binghamton - 3. 29-22 - 4,5 behind Portland

AAA: Pacific Southern Division: Las Vegas 1. 34-19 9,5 ahead of Albuquerque  


So far not one team with a losing record. Las Vegas keeps winning even despite provide quite a few callup recently. Savannah and St.Lucie can secure playoffs spots in June. My guess is they will wait until the end of the first half and then promote quite a few guys. Give them a taste of sucess and then challenge them. 

The Mets minor League System is positively roaring this year . 


jamets
jamets

@yankeehater  If he keeps hitting like this, he'll move faster than that.  But that's a big IF.   More likely he will struggle a little bit adjusting to AA and then that timeline will make more sense.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Maybe this organization,but not this front office.

cj1786
cj1786

@Macacawitz When you draft 18 year old HS kids, yes its likely that they will have to spend around 5 years in the minors.  High-A is also not that far from the majors.  He is playing his way into a promotion to AA this year as a 21 year old which means he is right on schedule is not ahead of schedule. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@Macacawitz Yep believe it or not we have 27 yr olds in AA,[Cody Satterwhite]............25 yr olds in lo A ball.[Dario Alvarez]......why? this organization doesn't make sense sometimes TJ Rivera 25 yrs old playing in Hi A ball... I guess they are fill ins.Cory Vaughn looks absolutely horrible in AA ball... as do hitters Jayce Boyd and Dustin Lawley.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Macacawitz Like it or not, fans of every team are paying much more attention to prospects these days. You can enjoy watching these bright young things rise up...or you can enjoy taking a dump on other people's fun, I guess.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Macacawitz Hardly, high A isnt as far as you think. 3 more jumps. He could move up and finish the year in AA and we could see him by 2015 if he keeps performing well.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Macacawitz .464 obp in a very pitcher friendly league. You call that a question mark I'd love to see what he would have to do to be a good bet.

jamets
jamets

@CocoaBeachnut Pretty much all of Sandy's draft picks are having great years.  Even Matt Reynolds, who looked like a huge bust, is hitting .347 in AA.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@rstpigeon Wright and Strawberry were not outliers. 

Wright was drafted at 18 and in the majors full year at 22. He logged 400 games in the minors. 

Strawberry was drafted at 18 and played 2 full seasons logging 312 games. I'll conside his 21 yo year fulll he played 16 minor league games.

Nimmo is currently 21 and has logged 241 games. So maybe he breaks in at 22 for a cup of coffee or 23 it's not like he's being babied along. 

George Springer who was taken ahead of Nimmo in the same draft was 21 when he was drafted and logged 284 minor league games. he's 24 .

There are only so many guys who are 18, 19, 20 who make the big leagues and only so many guys who come up within a year or 2. Typically taken in the top 5-7 picks. 


Additionally it's hard to compare, because this was all before Super 2 status, and the Arbitration players face. Teams... ALL TEAMS handle young talent differently now.


rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@mets1973 It's only cavernous to fans of bandboxes and the Mets lineup.But, you are correct, guys who can use the gaps are going to rule in this park.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@yankeehater Dom Smith is playing on one of the hardest fields to hit a homerun on in all of minor league baseball. He is also still growing into his body, and the fact that he is 18 and holding his own in low A is encouraging.

Nimmo was never projected to be a power hitter and the PSL is a big time pitchers league. The fact that he is hitting .340 is incredible. He is also walking at an amazing rate and on pace to steal over 30 bases. if he could turn himself into a plus leadoff hitter I'd take that in a second.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

How about TJ Rivera? Don't know much about him, but he seemed to be playing solid.

Kavalor
Kavalor

@Brian McCarthy 

Yes Dilson Herrera came with Vic Black for John Buck/Marlon Byrd . he played last year for Pittsburgh in A Level and finished the season in Savannah

 

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Does Alderson get any credit for the minor league systems sucess?

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Albert E Lewis Maybe the mets realize that except for about 4 or 5 guys, every other hitter in their system is AAAA at best.

zoddie
zoddie

Ceccini is the only guy not tearing it up.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@Mark Kelly @rstpigeon In terms of this organization, Strawberry and Wright are outliers in being ready players at a young age - 20 years apart. Other teams tend to find young contributors more frequently. And, while I concede it is not the norm for young players to come up ready, I, again, look at other organizations' ability to more frequently find them - up and down the draft. 


If a team has produced 0 prodigious offensive players in 50 years - long-term, perennial all stars, future HoFers, that does defy odds. They didn't even produce them such that they bloomed elsewhere. It is a systemic inability to select talent. 


I am still looking for that once in a generation player from the Mets.

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Zach Goeringer @yankeehater But do we really want a 6-3 200 lb guy to develop into a plus leadoff hitter? It wouldn't be horrible but im hoping for a .300 hitter who can hit 20-25 hr's a year. It would be nice to see what one of those type players is like.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

I guess you missed Seaver and Gooden.

fatherflot
fatherflot

@cj1786 @rstpigeon @Mark Kelly I agree, but the fact remains that this organization has been insanely abysmal in developing impact bats despite many changes in GM.  We have not produced a true power-hitting outfielder since Strawberry over 30 years ago!  How is that even possible?  

cj1786
cj1786

@rstpigeon @Mark Kelly I think you need to bring your expectation down to more realistic levels.  Your perceptions about what other teams are able to do is a bit exaggerated. 

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@yankeehater @Zach Goeringer If he steals 30 bases and gets on base at a .400 clip it doesn't matter how big he is. Just because he's over 200 pounds doesn't mean that he should be pegged as a power hitter. If the power numbers come then great but if not we still have a ton of offensive upside to be excited about.