Feb 26, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo poses during media day at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Nimmo returns to action, nearing promotion to Double-A

Mets outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo returned to the St. Lucie lineup on Monday, four days after he was diagnosed with conjunctivitis (pinkeye) and ordered to steer clear of the team for three days.

Nimmo went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup.

In 200 at-bats in 54 games this season for High-A St. Lucie, Nimmo is hitting .325/.449/.460. He has four home runs, seven doubles, four triples, and 23 RBI.

Thoughts:

The Florida State League All-Star Game takes place on June 14, after which it’s likely that Nimmo – and perhaps IF Dilson Herrera and LHP Steven Matz – will be promoted to Double-A Binghamton.

Nimmo was sidetracked a bit in 2013 while he was with Low-A Savannah, due to both an injury to his hand and the fact that his home games were played at Historic Grayson Stadium – one of the toughest parks on hitters in all of the minor leagues.

This season, Nimmo’s production is basically forcing the Mets’ hand as far as his likely promotion is concerned.

Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said recently that the club generally prefers its top prospects to spend a year at each level of the minors, but it doesn’t appear that will be the case with Nimmo.

Once Nimmo is promoted to Binghamton, the date of his eventual major league debut will get clearer.

Nimmo will almost certainly finish 2014 with Binghamton and will most likely spend the first part of the 2015 season there. A promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas for Nimmo is likely to occur in the middle of 2015, making him a potential September call-up for the Mets.

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