Mets promote Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas
The New York Mets have promoted minor league outfielder Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced on Tuesday.
Nimmo, 22, hit .279/.354/.368 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 68 games spanning 302 at-bats for Double-A Binghamon before the promotion.
Prior to the season, Nimmo was ranked as a Top 100 prospect by nearly every publication.
Drafted out of high school in Wyoming with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Nimmo will be Rule 5 eligible after the season, meaning the Mets will have to add him to the 40-man roster by December.
With Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Michael Conforto now in the majors, Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini are the two minor leaguers with impact potential who are closest to contributing in the bigs.
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After tearing up High-A St. Lucie early in 2014, Nimmo dealt with a hand injury and struggled after being promoted to Binghamton later in the season. This season for Binghamton, Nimmo again dealt with an injury (this time it was a sprained ACL), though he held his own.
Perhaps the injury is still impacting him, but it would be nice to see more power from Nimmo as he continues to develop. He’s not viewed as someone who will hit many more than 15 home runs annually in the majors, but he’s trending far below that at the moment. It won’t be much of an issue if he can stay in center field, but he’ll need to show more pop if he moves to a corner outfield spot.
Additionally, it appears that Nimmo’s extremely patient approach at the plate isn’t working as effectively since his promotion to Double-A. After posting walk rates between 14 and 20 percent at many of his stops in the minors, Nimmo’s walk rate was down to 8.6 percent in Binghamton.
With less than three days to go until the non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets have reportedly been discussing Nimmo in potential deals, so it’s possible his stay in Triple-A Las Vegas will be a short one. If it isn’t, there’s a chance he’ll get the call to the Mets in September when rosters expand to 40.