Brandon Nimmo, who the Mets drafted 13th overall in the 2011 draft, is putting up video game numbers so far this season while playing center field for High-A St. Lucie.
In 115 plate appearances spanning 24 games, Nimmo has a triple slash of .407/.530/.549. Yes, that’s an on base percentage of .530.
To go along with his almost impossible to believe triple slash, Nimmo has two home runs, 28 runs scored, 16 RBI, and five stolen bases.
Here’s what Baseball Prospectus (subscription needed and encouraged) has to say about Nimmo:
Well built for 21, yet has a frame that will support more weight. Classic left-handed stance, quiet hands with a slight knee bend; swing is short and quick with a slight uppercut; generates natural backspin on the ball, which helps project above-average future power. He doesn’t know how to drive the ball yet, but when he does the power will come and the doubles will turn into home runs. Extremely patient approach at the plate; absolutely will not expand the strike zone, even in RBI situations. Plus runner underway but not an explosive first step. Should be able to stay in center field for the foreseeable future…how much power he will develop is still up in the air, but at the very least, he can hit atop a playoff-caliber lineup.
The plan before the season was for Nimmo – who spent last season with Low-A Savannah – to spend the bulk of the season with High-A St. Lucie.
It’s unlikely the Mets will abandon that plan, but if Nimmo keeps treating opposing Florida State League pitchers like batting practice pitchers, he may force the Mets’ hand sooner rather than later.
Regardless of when his promotion comes, it’s highly likely that Nimmo will wrap up this season with Double-A Binghamton, potentially putting him on track for his major league debut late in the 2015 season.