There’s Brandon Nimmo signing his new contract in a photo from the NY Mets.
Brandon Nimmo will speak with the media at 5:00 pm and answer questions, so check back later for a recap.
Official Release from Mets:
The New York Mets tonight announced that they have signed outfielder Brandon Nimmo of Cheyenne East High School (WY), the club’s first-round selection and the 13th overall pick in 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
The Mets also agreed to terms with their third-round pick, righthanded pitcher Logan Verrett from Baylor University, their 11th-round selection, righthanded pitcher Christian Montgomery from Lawrence Central High School (IN), their 15th-round pick, infielder Phillip Evans from La Costa Canyon High School (CA) and their 16th-round pick, outfielder Bradley Marquez from Odessa High School (TX).
The Mets signed their first 12 selections and 19 of their top 21 picks.
Nimmo, 18, who bats lefthanded and throws righthanded, played American Legion ball for Post 6 since Wyoming has no high school baseball. In 63 games, Nimmo hit .551 (98-178) with 23 doubles, 16 triples, 14 home runs, 99 RBI and 33 stolen bases. Nimmo helped Post 6 capture their third straight state title this year.
The 6-3, 190-pound native of Cheyenne, WY won the MVP award at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field last August, going 2-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored for the American Team. Baseball America ranked Nimmo has the second-best high school athlete in the draft, and the second-best pure high school hitter. The publication also said Nimmo has the second-best strike-zone judgment of all high school draft prospects. Nimmo was the first ever first-round selection from Wyoming.
Original Post 12:05 AM
With deadline only seconds away, the New York Mets finally came to an agreement with 2011 first round draft pick Brandon Nimmo.
Nimmo, the 13th pick in June’s draft, decides to turn down a full scholarship from the University of Arkansas to turn pro and sign with the Mets for $2.1 million dollars, according to ESPN’s Keith Law.
The recommended slot bonus was $1.65 million.
Mike Diaz of Mets Minor League Blog, had this to say about Nimmo:
“Nimmo is a tremendous athlete with outstanding tools across the board. Very high upside, with size, speed, and defense. Smooth left-handed hitting swing, with a lot of room to fill out. This is a high reward pick for the Mets. You can easily see the sweet swinging Nimmo as a potential middle of the order type bat for this organization. While the focus was on college arms and college bats, the Mets pulled a fast one on everyone with the Nimmo selection. This shows that the new regime is looking for the best available talent, and Nimmo fits that bill. With that being said, Nimmo also comes with some risk, but the upside appeared to be too much for the organization to pass on.”
The Mets also signed 3rd Round pick RHP Logan Verrett for $425,000 and 11th Round pick RHP Christian Montgomery for $250,000.
Earlier today, the Mets signed 15th-rounder Phillips Evans for $650,000. According to Jim callis, that’s the highest bonus ever paid by New York outside of the first two rounds, and represents the equivalent of supplemental first-round money. Evans, a shortstop from La Costa Canyon HS (Carlsbad, Calif.), has a line-drive swing and flashes solid tools across the board, along with good instincts.
The Mets also have signed 16th-rounder Brad Marquez to a $325,000 bonus. Because Marquez is a two-sport athlete (football), the Mets will spread his bonus payments over three years. A shortstop from Odessa (Texas) HS, Marquez was one of the fastest players in the draft.
Adam Rubin adds that 12th rounder Kenny Mathews, LHP, Diamond Bar (Calif.) HS, did not sign.