Who is Brandon Nimmo?
Brandon Nimmo was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round (13th overall pick) of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He was the first draft pick of Sandy Alderson’s era as Mets general manager. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He became the highest-drafted baseball player from Wyoming.
Nimmo attended Cheyenne East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Wyoming is one of only three states that does not offer high school baseball. He played for a travel ball team called American Legion baseball. In 2010, he batted .448 with fifteen home runs and 34 stolen bases in 70 games for his club.
In 2013 Nimmo was a participant in the 2013 futures game played at Citi Field. After the all-star break, his batting average plummeted due to a wrist injury. Nimmo started the 2014 season with Class-A St. Lucie Mets. After batting .322 with four home runs, 25 RBIs, a .448 on-base percentage and .458 slugging percentage the received a mid-season promotion to the Double-A Binghamton Mets on June 19. Between his two clubs, Nimmo posted a .278 Avg, 10 HR and 51 RBI. In 2015, Nimmo was an Eastern League All-Star and a participant, along with Michael Conforto, in the Sirius XM Futures Game in Cincinnati.
On July 28, it was announced that Nimmo was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s as the starting center fielder. His season was interrupted by injury when he fouled a baseball off his nose in a batting cage. During this offseason, the Mets added him to their 40-man roster after the season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
Nimmo has a ton of potential if he stays healthy. Nimmo has battled many injuries (2012/2013/2015) throughout his professional career. Although they weren’t significant injuries, they did backtrack him a bit.
Recently, the Mets have announced that Nimmo will be wearing a boot this offseason because he has a partially torn tendon in his left foot.
He received an anti-inflammatory injection from team doctors and will be re-evaluated after that period. Aside from baseball news, Nimmo recently popped the BIG question to his girlfriend, Chelsey Jane Bradley! Of course, she said YES! Congratulations to the both of you!
Nimmo is quick on his feet. He shows plus-fielding and great range. His arm according to scouts is average but with experience and strength training I can only imagine it being eventually above average. (Scouts were wrong about Conforto) He is projected to be an everyday Center Fielder
The Mets love his approach at the plate. His pitch selection has been outstanding. In 2015, Nimmo almost had more walks than strikeouts, and a league-leading OBP. Nimmo sprays line drives all over the field and covers the entire plate. Portrayed as a number 2 hitter, Nimmo is projected to hit .280 or .290 in the Majors while hitting 15 home runs.
He will be starting the 2016 season in Triple A. I envision Brandon Nimmo as a mid-season call up if someone ends up on the disabled list. However, if all goes well for the Mets and they stay injury free, he will be a September call-up, along with Mets highly ranked SS prospect Gavin Cecchini. If Nimmo stays healthy in 2016, all Mets fans will get to see him shine under the Citi Field bright lights.