With High-A St. Lucie’s first half now over, the Mets have made official what most saw coming weeks ago: Top prospects Brandon Nimmo, Dilson Herrera, and Steven Matz have been promoted to Double-A Binghamton.
Also on their way from St. Lucie to Binghamton are infielder T.J. Rivera and right-handed pitcher Randy Fontanez.
Nimmo, a 21-year-old center fielder, was chosen by the Mets with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft. After struggling a bit in 2013 – in part due to a broken bone in his hand that impacted him at the plate – Nimmo was having a tremendous year for St. Lucie.
In 279 plate appearances spanning 62 games for St. Lucie, Nimmo hit .322/.448/.458, with four home runs, 25 RBI, 59 runs scored and nine steals. Nimmo’s .448 OBP was the best in the league.
Matz, a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher, was chosen by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 draft. After being held back by injuries for the first few years of his professional career, Matz has risen quickly – from the Rookie level, to Low-A Savannah, to High-A St. Lucie, and now to Double-A Binghamton.
In 69.1 innings pitched spanning 12 games started for St. Lucie, Matz posted a 2.21 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He allowed 66 hits, walked 21, and struck out 62.
In 309 plate appearances spanning 67 games for St. Lucie, Herrera hit .307/.355/.410, with three home runs, 23 RBI, 48 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.
Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, and Dilson Herrera all profile as players who can be difference makers for the Mets.
If Nimmo can stick in center field, his offensive skill set would be maximized.
Matz, who features a fastball that sits in the low-90s and can touch 97 MPH – as well as a plus curveball - may be the quickest mover of the bunch, due to his relatively advanced age and the polish he’s displayed.
Herrera, who is moving incredibly quickly, will likely wind up at second base long-term, but should see plenty of exposure at shortstop with Binghamton with Matt Reynolds promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas and Wilfredo Tovar injured.
Nimmo, Matz, and Herrera, may all be two years away from making an impact at the big league level, but there’s also a chance one or all of them moves quicker than expected.
At the very least, appearances with the Mets during the second half of 2015 for both Nimmo and Matz are likely.