Brandon Nimmo came to the New York Mets as their future center fielder that would provide a spark atop their lineup. That was six years ago. A lot has changed for the Mets, both in their farm system and their outfield. Where does Nimmo fit into their future plans?
Perhaps the better question is, does he?
Nimmo was drafted 13th overall by the Mets in the 2011 MLB Draft out of high school. Well, kind of. His Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming had no baseball team, so Nimmo made a name for himself in American Legion Ball and by winning the MVP in the Under Armour All-American Game. The Mets liked his athleticism so much, they chose him over Jose Fernandez and Sonny Gray, both of whom went within the next five picks.
Nimmo — a 6-foot-2 left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower — was projected to develop 20-home run power to go along with his seemingly advanced plate discipline. While he has remained solid at the plate, the power has yet to arrive, as he had 25 total home runs entering the sixth season of his minor league career.
The 23-year old used to have a much more fidgety swing (as in the video below), but seems to have now simplified it. His bat rests on his shoulder instead of twirling pre-pitch. He stands pretty narrow, with a slight bend in his knee and not much of a leg kick as the ball comes at him.
The most peculiar thing about Nimmo — which I suppose is not completely uncommon with athletes that possess as much raw talent as Nimmo does — is that he appears to be able to show that plus-power that the Mets, and everyone for that matter, envisioned… in batting practice. He pulls balls pretty well, tagging them for home runs and displaying what appears to be 50-plus power. It simply doesn’t translate into game-time hitting, as he is more of a spray hitter.
Nimmo’s best season was in 2014, where he seemed to take the proverbial jump. He dominated the Florida State League before he struggled in the Eastern League at Double-A. That being said, he still showed good plate discipline once he made the jump, exhibiting a 54-to-36 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Combined, he slashed .278/.394/.426 with 10 home runs and 21 doubles while going 14-for-18 in stolen base attempts. He did strike out an alarming 105 times, but when you look at the 86 walks, you see he has a balanced plate presence.
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