In the first round of tonight’s MLB Draft, the Mets selected 18-year-old Wyoming OF Brandon Nimmo.
According to ESPN.com’s Keith Law, this is a ‘Huge’ pick for the Mets, showing that they’re “finally drafting for ceiling!”
The Mets are excited. In talking to people today, he’s repeatedly being called ‘an upside guy,’ and I think this is not the last you’ll see of the Mets acquiring left-handed power hitters. I think you’ll see it again in the off-season, when they start signing free agents and making trades, by the way.
The thing that will be interesting about Nimmo is, he hasn’t really faced elite pitching, because his high school didn’t have a baseball team. Yet, scouts and most of baseball love his tools. The only big-league comparison I could milk out of one person today was Curtis Granderson. SI.com’s Jon Heyman compared him to Rocco Baldelli.
In his pre-draft write up on MLB.com, Jonathan Mayo wrote:
“A high school player whose Wyoming high school has no baseball team, Nimmo put himself on the map over the summer, winning MVP honors at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. He’s got a smooth, left-handed swing that allows him to consistently make hard contact. There should be plenty of power in his bat in the future as well. A good athlete who has played football and run track in the past, he’s got decent speed when healthy — he dealt with some knee tendinitis early this spring that was not a long-term concern. Nimmo has a solid throwing arm and has shown the ability to play all three outfield positions, though a corner is the most likely in the future. The most difficult thing for Nimmo has been getting seen this spring, but scouts likely have gotten enough of a feel for this outfielder, who has drawn comparisons to Paul O’Neill, to be drafted and signed away from his commitment to the University of Arkansas.
In a post to Minor League Blog, Mike Diaz said:
“Nimmo is a tremendous athlete with outstanding tools across the board. Very high upside, with size, speed, and defense. Smooth left-handed hitting swing, with a lot of room to fill out. This is a high reward pick for the Mets. You can easily see the sweet swinging Nimmo as a potential middle of the order type bat for this organization. While the focus was on college arms and college bats, the Mets pulled a fast one on everyone with the Nimmo selection. This shows that the new regime is looking for the best available talent, and Nimmo fits that bill. With that being said, Nimmo also comes with some risk, but the upside appeared to be too much for the organization to pass on.”
Here is video of Nimmo batting:
The Mets select again at No. 44 in the supplemental first round tonight.
The rest of the draft continues tomorrow.
To follow other picks in the draft, online, check out MLB.com’s coverage here.