MLBPipeline.com: What has it been like in big league camp?
Nimmo: It’s been amazing. I told my dad when I got the call, “If it feels like this to get called up just to big league camp, I can’t wait for what it feels like to get called up to the big leagues.” I’m just enjoying this experience and learning a lot. It’s great to have Curtis Granderson and Chris Young. They’re so personable and open to me about anything and any questions that I have. To be able to have these kinds of guys in the locker room and just be around them, see how they work, see how they go about their business is a pleasure.
MLBPipeline.com: You were a guy who most people thought would take a while, being a high schooler from Wyoming. From your high school days until now, how far do you think you’ve come?
Nimmo: Light years. I’ve come a long way, just in my overall play. It’s all been an up-and-down experience. Through a lot of failure, I’ve learned how not to do things, and through success, I learned how to do things right. I’m a much more well-rounded, better player going through the Minor Leagues so far. In the future, I know I have more to improve on, and I’m excited about that. Seeing how far I’ve come in the last few years, even just strength-wise, I’ve put on a good 20-25 pounds since coming into pro ball. That helps me phenomenally.
MLBPipeline.com: At what point at the end of the 2013 season did you look back and realize how much you experienced?
Nimmo: It was a crazy year. It was probably October/November before it all settled in and hit me. I thought, “Last year, a lot of things happened.” A lot of good things happened, it was an up-and-down year, but overall it was a pretty solid year. I got to experience a lot of fun stuff that not a lot of people get to do. It wasn’t just the Futures Game, it was also going to the All-Star Game for my league, but being able to go to Citi Field for the Futures Game was a huge deal for me. It took a little while for it to settle in and I thought, “That was a heck of a year last year, and I’d like to do it again.”
So far the 2014 Spring Mets Camp has been an exciting one with all these great prospects getting the attention. The future looks bright for the Mets and it can come as early as the summer of 2014.