Buy into Brandon Nimmo and his strong finish in 2023
Brandon Nimmo’s spot on this list is a bit of an outlier compared to the other three names discussed. He’s the only one guaranteed to stay on the MLB roster for the full season. One of the heart valves of the Mets, he’s essential to the ball club’s success in 2024. That said, he finished the year playing remarkably well.
Nimmo had equally as hot of a conclusion as he did a start to the year, perhaps better in some regards. The first month of the season featured him slashing .330/.435/.45. Then came the summer months when those numbers dove closer to a much more average season for him. In his final 24 games, Nimmo batted .340/.400/.620 with 5 home runs and 14 RBI. The power numbers were up but unlike June when he smashed 7 dingers and drove in 18, he hit for a high average and reached base at a better clip.
The one thing Nimmo didn’t do much of in September/October was draw walks. His 9 bases on balls was the lowest of any month. It wasn’t a significant drop, but with 34 hits leading any other month, we saw Nimmo swinging a little more freely.
Buy into Nimmo being a little more balanced in 2024. Rough patches will naturally come around. The move to left field more regularly should only help keep him fresher.