So by this point, it’s been well documented that Mets top pick Brandon Nimmo didn’t play high school baseball because his high school didn’t have a team. However, he has been playing ball for the past few years, it’s just been for Cheyenne Post 6 of American Legion Baseball. While he may not have been facing traditional competition, Nimmo has still been dominant against his peers. Without further ado, here are some brief statistics from Mr. Nimmo’s American Legion career.
2008: In his first year at Cheyenne Post 6, Nimmo played in 69 games and hit .454 in 196 at bats. He only hit one homer, but smacked 22 doubles and eight triples, leading to a slugging percentage of .663. He also led the team with a .573 on-base percentage and drew 51 walks while only fanning 31 times. Flashing speed, he also swiped 12 bases in 17 tries. Nimmo was even 1-0 as a pitcher that season, allowing six earned runs on fourteen hits and two walks over nine innings with six punchouts.
2009: Nimmo batted an even .500 in 224 ABs, but even more impressive were the hits he was collecting. The first round pick accumulated 21 doubles, 15 triples and 10 home runs, leading to a ridiculous .862 SLG. Couple that with a .596 OBP (49 BB, 25 K) and Nimmo made for one, scary ballplayer in ’09. He also showed increased prowess on the base paths, stealing 39 bags in 44 attempts.
2010: Nimmo struggled a bit in 2010 (sarcasm), hitting .448/.590/.825 with 23 doubles and 15 homers in 212 ABs. He walked 66 times and struck out 49 while also stealing 34 bases without being caught. Just another typical season for Mr. Nimmo.
2011: Through 22 games, 58 at bats, Nimmo has 33 hits (a .569 clip), with thirteen doubles, four triples and two homers. He’s also drawn 26 walks while striking out just four times and swiped 14 bases in 16 tries.
Do these numbers mean anything? It’s hard to tell, but one thing is for sure: Nimmo has absolutely dominated the competition in American Legion Baseball, and after all, don’t you want prospects to dominate at their current level? Obviously a better test will come when Nimmo enters the minors, assuming he signs. As with all young prospects, Met fans will have to wait awhile before Nimmo is close to approaching the majors, but it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to players who actually played high school ball as he enters the lower levels of the farm system.