Brandon Nimmo is currently slated to start the 2019 season in the New York Mets outfield in 2019. Coming off of a successful 2018 campaign, here are his best and worst case scenarios for next year.
After spending sporadic parts of the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the New York Mets, Brandon Nimmo finally took over the job as a starting outfielder in 2018. It was one of the few bright spots for New York in what was, unfortunately, a very bleak year.
After signing with the Mets at the age of just 18 after they selected him in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft, Nimmo has spent the entirety of his professional career with the club, forgoing college and joining them straight out of high school.
Being that he was drafted and signed out of high school, he took a few more years to develop, as is the case with most players in similar situations and spent five years in the Mets’ minor league system before being called up to the majors for the first time in 2016.
Mainly being used as a bench player and spot starter in the beginning of his big league career, Nimmo was given the opportunity to get regular playing time toward the end of the 2017 season after the Mets traded away starting outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce, along with Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes ending the season on the disabled list.
Nimmo performed admirably in his first opportunity as a Mets starter, finishing 2017 appearing in 69 games in the majors, hit 5 home runs with 21 RBI while batting .260 with an impressive .379 OBP. He also displayed a lot of versatility, starting games in all three outfield positions.
Thanks to his strong finish to the year, Nimmo forced himself into the Mets plans in 2018, beginning the season a the big league roster for the first time in his career. In another season plagued by injuries for the Mets, Nimmo took over as an everyday starter for the majority of the season.
Appearing 140 games for New York last season, Nimmo hit 17 home runs and 47 RBI, all of which are new career highs for him. For the year, he batted .263 with a .404 OBP, establishing himself as the Mets leadoff hitter and starting right-fielder for next season.
At just 25 years old, Nimmo has undoubtfully secured his spot on the major league team going forward.
With that being said, here are his best and worst case scenarios for 2019.