Catching Up With #1: Brandon Nimmo

In 2011, with his first ever selection as general manager of the New York Mets, Sandy Alderson grabbed the attention of many when he used the 13th overall pick of the first round to draft 18-year old outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

Now 21-years old, Nimmo has just over 3 seasons under his belt, and most recently split the 2014 season between St. Lucie and Binghamton.  He is presently leading-off, and batting .333 in 7 post-season games for the Bmets, whom are playing for the Eastern League championship.

Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; New York Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo before the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

In his first real pro season at age 19 with Brooklyn, Brandon posted a handsome .372 OBP, and slugged .406 on the strength of 28 extra-base hits in 266 at-bats.  He finished 4th in the New York-Penn League with 20 doubles, and 5th in the circuit with 40 RBI.

Brandon then posted a .273/.397/.359/.756 slash during his 2013 season at Savannah, which is known for being a tough place on left-handed hitters.

This season, after slashing .322/.448/.458/.906 in 62 games for the PSL Mets, Nimmo was promoted to Binghamton.  Faced with higher competition in the Eastern League, Brandon slashed .238/.339/.396/.735 in 65 games, with 36 walks, 22 extra-base hits, and 26 RBI.

The book on Nimmo remains pretty straight forward.  He is a solid center fielder with an average (right) arm.  This season at Binghamton, he started getting a taste of left field.  He still projects as a (left) lead-off batter with a high OBP.  He’ll draw plenty of walks, and hit to the outfield gaps.  Although Nimmo runs well, he won’t be stealing many bases.  Otherwise, getting on base and scoring runs is what he does best.

Now listed at 6’3″, 203lbs., he’s still growing and may yet develop into a consistent .300 hitter.  He is currently ranked as the organization’s #3 prospect behind Noah Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki.

Look for him to start the 2015 season at Binghamton.  Darrell Ceciliani will likely get promoted to Las Vegas, allowing Nimmo to resume playing center field everyday again.  A promotion to Las Vegas should follow shortly thereafter.

Thoughts:

For several seasons now, the New York Mets have resided near the bottom of most MLB offensive categories.  They need power/slugging, and need it fast.  Juan Lagares continues to solidify himself in center field, leaving the corner outfield positions to address.  But, Nimmo will not be the power hitter they need.  He could, however, fill the Mets need for a legitimate lead-off hitter.

Curtis Granderson‘s contract will expire after the 2016 season.  Nothing else regarding the Mets present outfield situation is certain.  So, every possibility still remains open for Brandon Nimmo’s potential future in New York City.

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