Brandon Nimmo went 4-for-4 with two singles, a home run and a double on Monday night for St. Lucie. He scored twice, drove in two runs and fell a triple short of the cycle.
Nimmo and teammate T,J, Rivera are both hitting .407, the best mark in the Florida State League. Each player has a league leading 37 hits apiece.
When it comes to Brandon Nimmo, people usually think of either that kid taken before the superstar pitcher Jose Fernandez, or that super raw kid from Wyoming who had no high school baseball. Either way, I’d doubt Nimmo would really care, because he’s busy proving that he iwa worth the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
The now 21-year-old outfielder is on fire in his first 22 games, hitting .378 with four doubles, one triple, and a home run. All in all, Nimmo has been absolutely incredible so far, trailing only teammate T.J. Rivera in batting atop the Florida State League.
But while’s he’s only second behind Rivera in batting average and hits, he is leading the FSL in on-base percentage by far. Nimmo, through 22 games has drawn 24 walks, to amass a .514 on-base percentage. That’s a little more than half of the times he’s going to the plate. And the best part is, that when he’s at the plate, he doesn’t just draw walks all the time, he also hits.
What Nimmo did on Thursday and Friday was one for the books. Here are the lines for each day which are incredible:
Thursday: 1-for-2, 2B, 3 runs, 2 RBI’s, 4 walks.
Honestly, a line like this, is now going to be referred to as “Nimmo being Nimmo”. One of his walks was actually with the bases loaded.
Friday: 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3 walks, SB, CS
That was another trendy Nimmo batting line. Boring to anyone watching, but fascinating lines to see.
In the last four days, Nimmo went 6-for-12, with nine walks, a double and three RBI. This was an extremely small sample size, but it certainly personifies the player Nimmo is.
Nimmo is proving to be a productive player in general: On the days he hits, he walks, and on the days he goes hitless he still walks.
The only knock on him so far this season has been the lack of extra-base hits. He has only six out of 33 hits (18%) that have gone for extra bases: four doubles, one triple, and one home run. I wouldn’t worry about it though as I envision a player who is capable of hitting at least 15 home runs to go with 40 doubles. He is still developing and the extra-base hits will come as he learns to barrel the ball a bit more.
But, unlike his last April, where he ended at .322 after hitting a steady .400, he seems like he isn’t crashing down to earth, and could use his supreme plate discipline to continue to draw walks, hit for an awesome average, and force the Mets’ hand to promote him to Double-A Binghamton by June, and continue to prove that he wasn’t the wrong pick, or that inexperienced kid from Wyoming.
For now, I’ll just sit back and enjoy watching Nimmo being Nimmo, and giving us some of the most uncanny and incredible stat lines you’ll ever see.
Did You Know that in 23 games so far…
Nimmo has failed to get on base in only two games.
Nimmo has been hitless in only 5 games.
Nimmo has 11 multi-hit games.
Nimmo has had 6 multi-walk games.
Nimmo has had 4 combined multi-hit and walk games.
Just Nimmo Being Nimmo
(Photo by David Conde, Metsmerized Online)