Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Mets 20-year-old OF prospect Brandon Nimmo started this season hitting .424 during his first three weeks with the Low-A Savannah Sand Gnats. However, he has just one hit in his last 24 at bats.
“I knew this was going to happen,” Nimmo told the Casper Star-Tribune’s Clint Robus. “So I’m not too surprised. … You have to stay even-keeled all the way through the good and through the bad.”
Nimmo hasn’t played since April 29 due to a hand injury.
Savannah manager Luis Rojas told Robus that these sorts of struggles are part of any young player’s development.
“We want him to go through this,” Rojas said. “This is the part where he’s going to … figure out a lot more things.”
Nimmo was drafted by the Mets in the first round (13th overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Cheyenne East (Wyo.) High School. However, he did not play baseball in high school since Wyoming does not offer interscholastic baseball. Instead, he played football, ran indoor track, and played baseball for an American Legion team.
According to MiLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, Nimmo is the organization’s fourth-best prospect and their top rated outfielder.
“Nimmo has a good arm and, while he has work to do to stay in center field, he should be an average defender across the board,” Mayo said. “The Mets knew it might take Nimmo some time to develop given his experience, but in many ways he’s ahead of the curve.”
Nimmo was Alderson’s first pick. He’s needed — because the team is still short on outfield prospects — and that’s evident by a 20-year-old in Low-A ball (who didn’t play high school ball) ranking tops in the system. It’s no shot at Nimmo, who scouts really like. It’s more a shot at everyone else. In talking to other teams this past winter, the only other outfielders that I heard people mention were Matt den Dekker and Cory Vaughn, but neither we discussed as meaningful big-league players.
Nimmo is a different story, though. The Mets, as well as others, describe him as being very patient at the plate with the potential for surprising power (given his size). He’s athletic and quick, but raw. More than anyone, he seems to have potential… but he needs more time.
To read Robus’s report on Nimmo for Wyoming’s Star Tribune, including more quotes from Brandon and Rojas, check out this link.
Here is a video clip from SNY’s First Pitch, profiling Nimmo and Mets 22-year-old C prospect Kevin Plawecki: