According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Brandon Nimmo has been confirmed as a participant for Italy in the upcoming WBC.

Brandon Nimmo had an impressive offensive season in his rookie season in 2016. He hit a solid .274 in three stints with the Mets. Nimmo’s sample size in the majors was relatively small, with only 80 plate appearances. Nimmo drew attention for his keen eye at the plate. He drew six walks in 80 plate appearances, and finished 2016 with a .338 OBP with the big club.

In the outfield, Nimmo played mostly left field, but did play all three outfield positions. Of his 22 defensive appearances, 13 came in left field, with seven in center and four in right. Nimmo looked comfortable in the outfield and the more versatility he has defensively, the better.

It’s difficult to imagine Brandon Nimmo joining the Mets very crowded outfield out of Spring Training, but a trade of Bruce or Granderson could open up a bench role for the smiley Nimmo.