Nimmo Homers, Collects Four Hits, Now Batting .407

Brandon Nimmo

April 29

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.

April 28

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)

Presented By Diehards

About Teddy Klein 106 Articles
Teddy Klein is a Westchester Native, Astoria Resident, and New School Grad. He is currently a Masters of Social Work student at Touro College. He's a lifelong Mets fan with a background in minor league internships for scouting in both the Dominican Summer Leagues (08') and the Brooklyn Cyclones (10') with Cape Cod Baseball League sandwiched in between. He is also the son of Time Columnist Joe Klein. Follow him on twitter @teddywklein and feel free to leave questions below. You can email him questions at TKleinMMN@gmail.com.
  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    What a bust.

  • gary s

    Wilmer Flores tore it up in St Lucie a few years back..Did not translate to much at the MLB level or impressing the front office. That said, maybe Nimmo turns out to be a Joey Votto type player..I would gladly settle for that kind of performance..

  • Eyeball

    Hope he works out, but I wish there was somebody in the system who projects as a plus power guy. When a guy like Stanton is up, you stop and watch because every pitch could be deposited in the Party City area. We haven’t had a pure slugger since the Beltran/Delgado days.

    Or maybe Val Pascucci.

  • Pat

    As of now he looks like he’ll hit like Murphy but get on base like Wright. First will come a wave of pitching, then a group of young hitters. It’ll be interesting to see who pans out.

  • Novito

    Scouts & personel can do only but so much to make a “predicition” on how a player will form & come out to be. Its up to the player himself to make those scouts look good. The player has to live up to what “could be” if all pans right. In baseball, even #1 picks turn out to be busts, so lets forget the fact of who we could’ve drafted and focus more on the potential we see here with Nimmo. I hope he continues & provides same and/or better offense in the show whenever he comes up. LGM!

  • Taskmaster4450

    The best everyday players the Mets developed since 1980, in my view are (in no particular order):

    Strawberry
    Wright
    Reyes
    Hundley
    Alfonso
    Kent
    Mitchell

    Obviously some of those players had success elsewhere and not so much with the Mets but these are what I see as the best everyday players developed. Of them, only Kent was a college guy so the high risk, high ceiling applies. Nimmo might fit into that category. However, he is still in A ball so thinking about what might be is early. If he continues to rip it up, I hope they do move him up to AA around mid year. That is the real test. Success there might tell if the Mets have something special in Nimmo. However, many ripped up AAA only to stumble at the next two levels.

  • Guest

    I think a “group” of young hitters is a stretch. You’ll get Smith and Nimmo and ummm, errr, uhhhh, yeah.

  • Alex68

    Shutting me the hell up….. For now (bane’s voice)
    Still would’ve love to have Jose Fernandez, but we picked him so… So far, this season he’s been very impressive. The walks, the singles…. the walks… the discipline to draw walks and not chase bad pitches.. the ability to have a good eye at the plate to draw a walk has been very, very impressive Lol….
    All Jokes aside, kid’s been ON FIRE! his 519 OBP has been insane, but not only that, 26 RS too?? so far, so good… This is what sandy wanted and i guess he may have in Nimmo, a guy with great plate discipline who can hit and draw walk, a bobby abreu clone maybe? We’ll see…

  • Alex68

    Task, take this from me… i know it’s single A and everything i said about him, this kid has been as impressive as they come. we might see this kid sooner than later here in flushing, my ETA for him was 2017-2018, he might be here sooner than that…

  • Alex68

    Maybe if he continue this we can idk, maybe trade him up along with some pitching to Miami??? for some guy named Stanton?? Maybe…

  • Taskmaster4450

    Herrera, Rosario, and King are three names of those who are highly thought of at the lower levels. Teddy might be able to add more.

    Couple that with Flores, Plawecki, and Puello, 3 more guys who are thought of as good major league bats (potentially) and you are talking 8 bats that are well thought of . If three of them turn out to be either solid or terrific, coupled with what is already there, you are talking a very good lineup.

  • azulnaranja

    Kent was not developed by the Mets. He came from the Jays in the David Cone deal and was already in the majors.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    His appearance is reminiscent of a young Mickey Mantle. At least in a baseball sense, one can only hope…

  • Taskmaster4450

    I dont disagree what he is doing is impressive. The numbers are outrageous for a 22-25 game sample. Yet it is a relatively small sample size and it is A ball. I do hope they move him to AA this year if he keeps raking so he will be able to do the AA/AAA turn next. That would put him on course for 2016. That would be the ultimate path. Let’s see if he can do it.

    Very promising which is good but again, too many are already projecting an OF of Juan, Puello, and Nimmo. A bit early for that in my view.

  • Taskmaster4450

    I stand corrected. You are right.

    Scratch him off the list.

  • mets2014

    maybe add carlos gomez to that list

  • Taskmaster4450

    I would say his physical appearance is about the only similarity to Mantle.

    All comparisons stop there.

  • $14435385

    Good lord, the man has had 95 MLB at bats, more than half of which were taken on an ankle so barely sprained he couldn’t walk without a limp. Flores’ problem is he’s blocked at 2nd and 3rd and isn’t good enough to play short at this level – if he fit any position defensively, he’d be starting right now. His hitting will be fine. It’s amazing – if a guy doesn’t hit .330 out of the chute he’s garbage…

  • RyanF55

    He’s going to be good….real good. He’s been good on just raw ability alone and once he learns how to really play the game, how to approach hitting, how to identify pitches, etc. I think he’ll turn into a nice player. Remember, he’s only been able to buy a beer for a month…Here’s to producing an in-house superstar!

  • RyanF55

    THE CORE!!! Giving Nimmo love!!! That’s what I’m talking about!

  • Donal

    Man, you are opening a door with that one.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Not really. He looks like a young Mickey Mantle, at least facially. Beyond that is out of my control…:)

  • Alex68

    Mickey Mantle?????

  • Alex68

    Yeah, i wasn’t as high on puello as others, maybe because of his PED and whatnot, you know i’m old school so you know how i feel about cheaters etc….
    But it’s good to see our prospects doing good…

  • Donal

    Dude, Flores has 105 PAs and is still only 22. And he played hurt last year as well. Have some patience.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Interesting thing about Mantle: There wasn’t much interest in him. The Cardinals, his first choice, passed on him and the Yankees were basically the only offer.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Jesus christ dude. Mickey Mantle.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Yes, look it up, circa 1951. There is a facial resemblance. Not saying from a baseball sense, only physical appearance.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Yes I agree there was/is a question about Puello because of his PED use. I think his talent will carry him through and the success last season wasnt due to the drugs. Of course, he has to prove it on the field.

    That is why it was absurd for some to call for him to make the team out of ST. He needs to be in AAA proving that he can play the game the way he showed last season. A good 1/2 year in AAA, and I can see if called up if a move is made or injury occurs in the OF.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Come on Donal.

    Dont you realize that 100 ABs is more than enough for many on here to determine what a guys career is going to be like. Flores flat out failed. Forget that it was a small sample size. Forget that he was on a bum ankle for most of those ABs. And forget that he is only 22 years old. The fact is he flopped in those 100 ABs and, therefore, is destined to be a total bust.

  • Chrisshea

    Don’t be shocked to see him up in AA in June and if he maintains the numbers, starting next season in AAA. That would be the ideal path. Because the way the Mets hold back players to gain financial advantage on them, if he doesn’t start next season in AAA, he won’t be in the majors until the middle of 2016. And that’s if he continues to get on base.

  • Alex68

    Carlos Gomez?? Can we stop this nonsense please….

  • Matlack

    That’s right, blue and orange….what I remember about his start with the Mets is him having an altercation with new teammates over rookie hazing. He wasn’t against the hazing per se, but said he’d already been through it with Toronto earlier. He had a point.

    Hands of stone on defense, but boy, could he hit with that beautiful compact swing.

  • Matlack

    IF this kid doesn’t falter on the development curve, the player profile he resembles most to me is Choo. Line drive hitter with eventual 15 HR power and an exceptionally keen eye leading to very high OBP. Defensively, average at best CF and plus fielder in the corner OF spots.

  • mets2014

    name someone better that is not on that list…I can’t think of one…that’s how bad the farm has been for the last 35 years…oh wait not sure if nelson cruz qualifies

  • CyYout

    Like I said two months ago, and got absolutely slaughtered for it, this kid has a Joey Votto-like ceiling. And to think he could be at Double A at age 21 is very exciting.

  • mattbalasis

    Nimmo = blank slate approach.
    Get the right mental make-up and the right physical tools and you can teach the rest. So far so good with this kid … I mean, you can’t NOT root for this guy.

  • mets4lyfe

    What’s the context behind NImmo’s absurd amount of walks? Does he have a Votto-esque eye at the plate or are pitchers treating him like Barry Bonds by throwing him nothing close to the strike-zone?

    Curious

  • mets2014

    does jose bautista qualify?

  • mets4lyfe

    Aderlin Rodriguez has plus power. He’s in HIgh-A ball at the moment.

  • Alex68

    Hey matt, where were you last year or the year before last when he wasn’t doing so hot? Just wondering…. seem you disappear when things weren’t going well for sandy and co…. but hey, 25 games in and i guess we’re glad to have you back..

  • gameball

    The season is young, but Puello has to rake in the PCL to prove himself. Anything less than the numbers Flores put up last season will be a big step backwards for him.

  • mets4lyfe

    I don’t want to be Debbie Downer, but Nimmo still needs to hit the ball with authority. He’s either hitting singles or walking. You can’t project him to be “real good” so early just based on the sheer amount of walks and singles. Nimmo needs to show more power (only 6 XBH) before we can say that.

    For all we know, Nimmo could end up being an OF version of Daric Barton.

  • mets4lyfe

    Choo would be his ceiling, offensively. I’d say Nimmo’s floor profiles much like that of Nick Markakis of the Orioles.

  • Matlack

    Yes, I should have been more specific. You’re right.

  • mattbalasis

    lol … I had to scale back on my time for personal (family) reasons, that I’d rather not share here, but thanks for asking. And Nimmo was tearing it up then got hurt if I recall … prior to that he was what 19?

  • mets4lyfe

    Yeah, he hurt his wrist early last year. He was tearing it up prior to hurting his wrist.

    Wrist injuries can be very detrimental for hitters.

  • Alex68

    Well, on a side note i hope all is well… on baseball terms, me and you don’t see eye to eye

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Link?

  • Alex68

    so you rather go 76 to 84 wins but have a good starting pitching ERA than maybe win 90+ games and getting into the postseason where anything can happen? Got it…

  • Taskmaster4450

    It is A ball. I get to see a lot of FSL games. There are a ton of pitchers who are making their last stop in professional baseball and can hit the broad side of a barn. Also, there are many major league quality fastball, but few pitchers have secondary pitches that are worth much. They throw them in games without a clue as to where they are going.

    So I would say that while we cant look down upon Nimmo’s eye and plate discipline, the level of competition is helping him.

  • Chance2

    How often do good A-level hitters also walk like this, have an eye for swinging at strikes not balls?

    I wonder if his bat is unusually fast?  Does he see the ball exceptionally well?

    From Alex Nelson in 2011 right after he was drafted:  “He has tremendous hand-eye coordination that allows him to square up well on the ball, and the barrel of his bat spends a long time in the strike zone.  He’s very short to the ball and has a high finish…”

  • Taskmaster4450

    Nimmo starts succeeding at AA and he could be a center piece in a trade for a guy like Stanton (although not the main piece). However, Nimmo isnt going to Miami because they are fairly well stocked there with a young major league OF and a couple of terrific OF prospects. A guy like Flores might be more attractive since their IF is weaker (at least going forward).

  • MDonaldWilpon

    These numbers are great, but the test is still coming. He’s going to go into a funk at some point and need to adjust. The bigger test will be AA…. Prospects aren’t serious until they succeed at AA.

  • Taskmaster4450

    I will say a .500+ OBP at any level is unusual so Nimmo does stand out in the regard.

    As for the eye for swinging at strikes, there are guys like Votto and Abreau who are known for that throughout their careers. Is it a natural gift or something developed? Who knows. But they dont expand the strike zone very often. Maybe Nimmo is one that falls into that category.

    I do believe a higher level of pitching is needed to determine that fully. Some of these A ball guys miss plate by two feet.

  • mets4lyfe

    I figured as much as well seeing as A-Ball has a lot of good-stuff-no-control pitchers. Can’t wait to see Nimmo at AA.

  • Taskmaster4450

    MLB.com has the top 5 prospects entering 2013 as:

    1. Noah
    2. TdA (no longer qualifies as a prospect)
    3. Montero
    4. Flores
    5. Nimmo

    Flores only needs a few more ABs to be removed from the list. Assuming Noah and Montero are moved up this season and are no longer prospects, does that mean Nimmo will be the #1 prospect in the Mets organization or will someone else jump ahead of him?

  • upandadam

    What’s the scouting report say about his speed? He looks like the ideal future leadoff hitter for the mets. Still needs to cut down on his strikeouts though but all in all, looks promising.

  • Escher

    Mets have scored 100 runs so far this season. Atlanta has scored only 89. Atlanta pitching has only let up 58. They are 3.5 games ahead of us right now.

  • upandadam

    He might be, it looked like people were very high on Dominic Smith but i think his slow start in A ball will keep him from being #1(he is very young for that level though, so they might cut him some slack). Right now, i’d say it’ll be Nimmo, Smith, Plawecki

  • Alex68

    I could care less about Atlanta… They’re better than us no?

  • RyanF55

    It’s just my opinion not based on a large sample size, haha. I’m just countering the BS determination that he’ll suck, for the same exact reasons.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Why you can strikeout and be leadoff hitter for the Mets with Terry Collins as manager.

    Look at EYJ…he is among the league leaders in Ks.

  • Vin

    Yeah, but he’s young for the league and inexperienced generally.

    Looking at the full context – not just at the limits of the league, we see the guy is outperforming other teams top prospects and players years older than him.

  • jason bay

    What?

    You can’t root for a good position playing prospect?

    Everyday I realize just how perceptive Rey Ordonez is.

  • No doubt, the kid has been impressive this season.

  • jason bay

    LOL

  • DrDooby

    Actually, considering circumstances (age, home park & league), Nimmo did alright in both 2013 and 2012. The question is how much did his hand injury play a role in his poor mid-summer of 2013 showing after the hot start and prior to the hot finish.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Tried to warn y’all for the past year about him. Wait until the power develops.

  • jason bay

    Now we’re going to have to endlessly hear about how Alex was told Nimmo was going to be the next Mickey Mantle.

  • He said you can’t NOT root for the guy. That means you’re an idiot if you’re not rooting for him.

  • Nice job Teddy. We can never have too much of your insight on the minors on MMO.

  • jason bay

    Good point.

  • Alex68

    Joe. forgive him, he’s on the Sandy juice today… he’s got his SL shield on so he’s not even reading things properly if they don’t start with i love sandy

  • jason bay

    The guy you wanted with that pick Alex, Jed Bradley (24 in June) is looking better this year himself in A+ as well.

    .3-1, 26 IP, 3.42 ERA, 1.063 WHIP, 1.7 BB’s, 9.9 K’s.

    Who knows maybe Bradley lives up to your pre draft expectations too.

  • DrDooby

    Nimmo could actually be a key piece in a trade for Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki. In case the Rockies ever do decide to sell, a Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Nimmo and Domingo Tapia package – for example – could get them very close to landing Tulo or CarGo.

    Or the Mets just keep Nimmo and he becomes something between Shin Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore (pre knee-injuries)…

  • jason bay

    Alex was lamenting that we didn’t take Jed Bradley and predicting that Bradley would be up in a couple years while Nimmo would have a bum knee the day after the 2011 draft.

  • Alex68

    Actually, a LOT OF PEOPLE in here were calling for fernandez. while i am not high on draft and all that, others who were really into the draft and prospects etc were literally outraged we didn’t pick Fernandez…

  • DrDooby

    Yes, mostly because their pitching has been even better. In spite of losing two of their five SP to TJ surgery. And thanks to a top notch bullpen too.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    And runs scored and stolen bases.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    D@mn. You beat me to it.

    “What about all you Sandy Lovers that said he was Mickey Mantle? I was promised 536 HRs!”

    Buckle up and take your meds. We’re gonna hear this for the next 8-9 years.

  • Chance2

    Thanks very much.  I figured the pitching wasn’t great, but of course that should make it easier for all the hitters to lay off.

    So “nature or nurture” reminds me of the “controversy” with Votto not expanding the strike zone with RISP.  That careful approach certainly seems to be part of his personality.

    So this should be fun to watch as Nimmo moves up.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Does she also have a mole with a full head of hair and facial features?

  • jason bay

    Carlos Gomez is a NL All Star, GGer, 9th in the MVP voting last year.

    Very impressive player although you prefer to get your OFer’s from the FA market like Coleman, Bonilla, Cedeno, Floyd, Beltran, Alou, Bay and Granderson.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Great point re: Votto.

  • Alex68

    Predicting???

  • Lotus1209

    Nimmo, Smith and Matz will definitely be up there. Plawecki is struggling but will still be on the Top 10.

  • Alex68

    Well, how have the homegrowns worked out|??? ohh wait, you’re waiting for sandy’s gems to come out…
    Where is this love from gomez coming from? how come we didn’t hear sh** from you about gomez up until last year? ohhhhhhh wait, he was at best below average and up until last year he wasn’t an All Star so you couldn’t second guess about him…
    You secong guessing piece of s***

  • lareplus

    Who does Stanton look like? lol. .

  • lareplus

    Good article! This is sure an exciting year, both at the MLB level and in the minors and I think we are set for a few years of fun Mets baseball. It’s been way overdue but long at last. .

  • jason bay

    Yeah you referenced his ACL surgery that he had as a sophmore or junior in HS and predicted that he would have a bum knee and that Bradley would be in the Majors in two years.

  • jason bay

    That would be a terrible trade.

    Thor, Nimmo and Tapia for Tulo or CarGo?

    They only have a couple years in their prime left.

    O’Dowd would be all over that.

  • jason bay

    Nice article Teddy,

    Nimmo just turned 21 and power usually begins to develop, if it ever does at 22 so he has some time before he would reasonably be expected to be launching HR’s but the thing I’m most impressed about and is his performance against LHP.

    .345/.406/.448, 1 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K in 29 AB’s Vs. them this year.

    That is a great sign.

  • jason bay

    Unfortunately yes.

  • jason bay

    My mistake Joe,

    Guess I have to read the posts a little more carefully since I am so used to people bashing Nimmo.

    Thanks.

  • mets4lyfe

    His speed is good enough for him to play CF, but he’ll excel mostly in the corner OF given his fringe plus arm.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I’m looking forward to watching Nimmo continue to progress in the minor leagues.

  • Taskmaster4450

    If you said Carlos looked like Mick, that would be an insult to Beltran.

  • Taskmaster4450

    So wait Alex. The fact that Gomez developed late should alter JB’s view that Gomez is one of the best everyday players the Mets developed?

  • ray sadecki

    I agree with those who say AA is the real test but I am very excited by this kids start this year and St Lucie is not a hitters ballpark by any means. Kudos to the Mets new front office to taking a chance on a kid who never even played HS baseball on their first draft. Pretty ballsy move.

  • Time is on his side. Good to see him producing. Get to Bingo and excel, and then we can get really bullish on him.

  • Peter S

    So what is more valuable 3 years from now: a stud, dominant CF or a Stud, dominant starter? Going to be a fascinating comparison in a few years if Nimmo turns out to be an all star CF. I still would prefer right now to have Fernandez pitching every 5th day then a minor league bat. but given a choice, I’d take a stud bat with our system in a couple of years. Nimmo is definitely proving people wrong.

  • NewYorkMammoths
  • Captain America

    Is Nimmo going to stick in CF or shift to a corner?

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Scrubs?

  • NewYorkMammoths

    Yes.

  • Matlack

    DrDooby,

    What is your opinion of Tulo’s value in the trade market? It seems to me that while he is a franchise player, and all Mets fans would be thrilled to have him, his contract reflects his stature already. I would think that if Tulo and Stanton were identical players, you’d have to pay more in assets for Stanton due to the below-market rate at which he’s being paid. Probably an academic question, since I don’t see the trade ever happening, but I’m interested in your perspective on this.

  • Jack

    Hopefully some of the Major League Umps don’t mess up Nimmos keen eye and knowledge of the strike zone lol. That Umpire on Saturday was horrendous.

  • Jack

    In the minors I am not sure but I think he may shift to the corner in the bigs. If Nimmo makes it to the bigs I think he will take a corner OF spot because (I’m no fortune teller) but my guess that CF will be Lagares’ job

  • I’m thrilled Nimmo is showing this much plate discipline at such a young age. This kid is certainly going to hit but it’s going to be the power that ultimately decides his true value.

  • DrDooby

    Tulo (age 29) would be the equivalent of getting Carter for 1985 and getting Piazza in 1998, i.e. the piece to take the team to another level. Eventually, that bat will have to be added. The sooner the better. And by this winter, the Mets should be in a position to be able to make that type of move without seriously damaging their long term outlook.

    Just like the package I mentioned, a Mejia, DeGrom and Puello package could be enough as the Rockies could sure use pitchers with “heavy” fastballs that won’t fall victim to rarified air.

    And you have to give to get. Pretty sure that a Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jeff Walters package won’t suffice for CarGo….

  • DrDooby

    Tulowitzki just happens to be an awesome & complete player, well better than Stanton.
    Tulo has been a 5.5+ fWAR player in 4 of the past 5 years.
    His career slashline is:
    .296 BA, .370 OBP, .512 SLG – that’s great for a SS.

    Stanton is a very good player but has holes in his swing.
    He has topped a 3.5 fWAR once in his career (2012).
    His career slashline is:
    .266 BA, .353 OBP, .536 SLG

    Considering he’s a corner OF, I’d clearly prefer the impact SS. And Stanton is a free agent after 2016 and will get a monster extension to stay long term.
    Tulo has a massive contract already – which looks ok compared to other long term contracts right now.

    All in all, Tulo would be the better fit.

    Of course, neither seems likely.

  • Manager of The Year

    I would do either. Tulo has road OPS of .814 Cargo’s is .765. We’d be giving up too much for these guys. While those are solid numbers neither of those guys would be all stars especially in Citi.

  • Matlack

    Oh yes, I definitely agree with you, and posed the example as any 2 hypothetical players. Where I was going with the conversation is with how we should look at the value of players in the trade market. My feeling is that Tulo, at 6/118 or 7/129 after this season is neutral to slightly undervalued in light of the contract, so the other side of the trade might be surpringly low. The Rox obviously don’t want to give him away, but I don’t see any erstwhile trading partners giving up a host of undervalued assets for him.

    CarGo has 3/53 left through his age 31 season, so he’s probably well under market value and likely would command more in trade than Tulo for that reason, but what do i know?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  • Not4

    If he sticks in CF, power will be a welcome bonus but hardly a requires skill set. Think the power will come. 15-20 HR with 40 doubles and maybe high single digit triples

  • jdon48

    maybe an Olerud who can run

  • jdon48

    those parks down there sap a player’s power anyway

  • jdon48

    if you are walking 100 times a year and hitting near .300, go ahead and strike out all you want.

  • jdon48

    amazing when you consider the quality, or lack thereof, of minor league arbiters.

  • jdon48

    he has never been a power hitter because he was a string bean. Now he is 205 with a lot of muscle, but he still does not know HOW to hit for power. That will come. You don’t just swing and watch the ball go. You set the pitcher up to hit for power. I am sure he will have the kind of favorable counts that allow him to load up on a pitch, once he learns how.

  • Fonzie

    AA is obviously much tougher but FSL is one of the toughest leagues for hitters. It’s a pitching rich league. What Nimmo has done thus far has been nothing short of remarkable, especially for a POS as ykw has labelled him since day one. He’ll hopefully get a mid-season call up like Flores did in 2012.

  • rexmack

    And I’m sure you were saying this the night of the draft. The MLB draft is the biggest crap shoot out of all the sports, so I would stop worrying about guys you passed on and just be glad we got a good player. A lot of other smart baseball men passed on Fernandez

  • jason bay

    True.

  • NEXT GM

    I have been thinking the same thing for a while now.His looks and his personality, Now if he puts up just half of Micks numbers , he will be solid player.

  • MetsWatchman

    Nimmo continues to tear it up. At St. Lucie game now, he’s 4 for 4 with 2 singles, a double and a HR. I liked the Olerud comparison. The kid makes consistent contact with the barrel and doesn’t swing at balls. Great plate discipline. I don’t think Binghamton in July is a stretch….almost a certainty if this continues.

  • oltl

    Yes. Carp. Mets judge fish very well. Baseball players, not so much. Fernandez will kill us for years. Nimmo will wilt. No power. Holes in swing. No speed. Stupid pick.

  • rexmack

    You know what I meant crap shoot. And I’m sure before the draft you were also telling everyone how big a star Fernandez was going to be

  • Scoollink

    Power! Power! Power! We need to see Nimmo begin to hit home runs or Nimmo is doomed ot a life of being a major league 4th or 5th outfielder. Nothing wrong with that but .. not exactly worth taking as a 1st Round pick.

  • Julian

    Who else thinks that Nimmo, if he continues his excellence at the plate, could receive a mid-to-late season call-up in 2015?

  • Scoollink

    No one wants a corner outfielder who hits 6-9 home runs a year unless your name is VInce Coleman. Nimmo needs to start hitting with power some time this year.

  • Scottymike

    If he can hit .300 plus and pop 15 or so I would waste 30 1st rounders on that regardless of position. He gets on base, that’s more deadly in the course of a game to me than a .250 dude who hits 30 hrs. I like him

  • youcanthandlethetruth

    Guy…where did you get 6-9 HR’s?

  • youcanthandlethetruth

    Wrong, you don’t need Power from a CF. Stop it with the HR’s.

  • youcanthandlethetruth

    June

  • youcanthandlethetruth

    Wow, this is a dumb post…Carp can start for the Red Sox and if we would have given him a shot he would be starting for us. Fernandez ain’t gonna kill us any more than our studs will kill other teams. 21 year old hitting .400…I’ll take it every day over a pitcher who’s arm can blow out at any time.

  • youcanthandlethetruth

    BB’s are the SURE sign of a professional hitter…if you know the strike zone you are way ahead of the game.

  • jason bay

    Me too.

  • DrDooby

    If Nimmo keeps raking anywhere close to this, he’ll appear in the FSL All Star Game with Matz & D.Herrera and be promoted after that to Binghamton for the 2nd half. If he does alright there, he’d open 2015 in Vegas with a mid-season promotion being the best case scenario.

    Still only 115 or so PA for Nimmo thus far but very encouraging improvements. A true genius pick by the great Sandy Alderson (who probably never watched him before the pick, leaving that to his talented assistants). Really great. And Matt Reynolds went 3 for 4 and is batting .370 or so for Binghamton while playing an adequate SS. Isn’t that great as well ? Oh hail Sandy. And oh hail, Mets on their way to 95 wins…

    Who cares how the Mets do as long as our lord & leader Sandy the architect looks great doing so…

  • DrDooby

    If Nimmo keeps improving like this, his bat will play anywhere. If Lagares is still around and hitting some, he’ll be in CF thanks to his outstanding defense with Nimmo in LF and Granderson and eventually someone else in RF. Be that Puello or someone brought in from outside the org or eventually developed.

  • DrDooby

    Jose Fernandez would go 1.1 overall in case of a redraft of 2011. And at least a handful of others – led by Garret Cole and Anthony Rendon would be drafted ahead of Nimmo.
    Still the odds keep improving that Nimmo will turn out as a true success.
    And if you look back, most fans wanted the Mets to draft RHP Matt Barnes, a solid prospect for BOS now, back then with the Nimmo pick.

  • lareplus

    Yeah there’s no place for a guy who maybe hits .350 if he only hits 9 home runs! Come on. . .the guy is young don’t be so quick to judge!

  • Keith’s stache

    Nothing got to do with Nimmo but well done Carlos Gomez. Interacting with fans, signing stuff & giving hugs to his biggest fan.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/crying-fan-jordan-hynum-brewers-carlos-gomez-is-my-idol?ymd=20140428&content_id=73666060&vkey=news_mlb

  • mets4lyfe

    Funny thing is, a lot of scouts were projecting him to be a player similar to Jay Bruce. Nimmo’s always had that untapped power potential given his nice left-handed swing that comes with little unused movement, size, and overall approach to hitting.

    I might be too much on the optimistic side here, but I see him as a perennial 20+ HR threat after he gets his feet wet at the ML level.

  • mets4lyfe

    Nimmo’s not going to be a CF by the time he reaches the majors. He’s best served at the corner OF positions.

  • Destry

    I really think he is gonna be a Shin Soo Choo clone when all is said and done. Can play CF, but probably best in LF. 15-20 SBs 15-20 HRs .375-.400 OBP .300 Avg.

    With as little competitive baseball as he has played growing up, I think he has a lot of room to grow. Some scouts were saying he is just now starting to recognize pitches, whereas it was all reaction and athleticism before. He’s worth getting excited about. A kid with a ton of tools, that looks like is putting them all into game action. He just turned 21 in March, and hitting .400 with .500 OBP 2 HRs 5 SBs in CF. Can’t ask for much more than that.

  • youcanthandlethetruth

    Aderlin is my sleeper…took Wheeler deep and showboated.
    Big Power.

  • Captain America

    I think they were saying he could be a paul o’neill type player

  • Zalmen

    Ichiro hit only once more then 10 homers
    The difference was he could rack up 340s with ease
    Hope this kid can do that

  • Alex68

    I’m starting to be a believer……

  • Sunshine

    Neither Tulo nor Cargo is what the Mets need. 3 years from now, they’ll be on severe decline.

  • Not4

    First of all, congrats to you for being so certain about something that NO scout says is a certainty. Many have expressed a concern that with his big frame, IF he slows down a bit, he could be forced to move to a corner OF. None who have watched him say that he currently is not a CF, or lacks the ability to play CF.

    Second, by all accounts, with his off season workout, he has improved his quickness, and over the past couple of years has improved his reaction and lines to fly balls.

    Third, even if he cannot stick in CF, power is not the end-all, be-all. Production is. Many LFers cannot hit for a solid average or a solid OBP. The trade-off for these players is if they can at least hit for power. So even if the power does not come for Nimmo, if he can hit for a high average (around .300) and high OBP (around .400), with 40 doubles, really good defense, etc., then there is not only room for him on a good team, but virtually any good team would be drooling for a player like him.

    Fourth, he will likely hit for 15-20 HRs each year (perhaps more). Power develops later in most players. Last year, he played in perhaps the toughest home park to hit a home run for left handed batters in all of baseball AND he played much of the season (and missed one month) with a bad wrist, which saps power.

    So, in summary, your premise (that without power, Nimmo is nothing special) is utterly wrong and utterly premature. Other than that, outstanding post!

  • MetsfanInParadise

    It’s too early to judge anything but his development. If most Single-A players didn’t flame out or fade away there would be no need for the higher leagues. I’m an optimist but I’m not drawing ANY conclusions. Lets see how AA treats him

  • rexmack

    You’re coming over to the dark side

  • Alex68

    Lol, yes…. yes…

  • NEXT GM

    That he looks like the Mick ?

  • everybodysbuddy

    For a high A league though, he must be one of the youngest players. You are right though in that he still has some levels above where he needs to prove himself, but it’s not often that you see someone so young dominate like this. Obviously he can’t keep up this level of performance all season, but if he ended up the season hitting in the .350 range with an over .400 OBP, then I’d have to say it’s a pretty good indication that he’s way above being the average outfield prospect!

  • Alex68

    -________________-

    Please, it’s too early in the morning, don’t get me started with that… small size sample, but the kid is on fire. let’s see how he holds up though

  • everybodysbuddy

    I’ll take him if he’s hitting .320 with a .400 OBP and hitting lots of doubles in the gaps thanks!

  • NEXT GM

    only kidding , but I have been thinking he looked like mick since this spring ,he actualy looks more like the actor that played Maris in a movie I saw a couple of years ago, Thomas jane played micky

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Barry Pepper–nice call!

  • Taskmaster4450

    Good for him…it means he can hit a fastball.

    There are two pitches in the FSL that pitchers have a hope of getting over…FB and curve. Changeups are almost non existent and sliders either spin so they sit there like on a tee or they are making the guys tap dance with it at their feet. Also, hitters counts always see fastballs. Chris Young threw a 3-2 curveball to a kid here on rehab assignment, the first I ever saw in FSL play. The kid was locked up. 3-2 gets a FB.

    That is why AA is such a jump. Pitch recognition becomes more important. I hope that if Nimmo continues, they move him up quickly so he gets working with Nateo (sp?). He evidently worked wonders with Puello in this area last season and seems like the ideal guy to get Nimmo with. Even if she struggles the 2nd half of the season, can always send him back H1 of 2015 to repeat it.

  • skyking26

    Promote Nimmo to AA and see how he does. I was never a big fan when he was drafted but he has shown me something and I like to see more. He really has nothing to prove in A ball. If he keeps this up we could have someone exciting at the top of our lineup in a few years. Make me a believer!

  • Alex68

    Remember that movie… i think you’re talking about 61* right? the one about Maris…

  • elsid1986

    I’m with you Alex. The kid is starting to win me over

  • louisrstennes@yahoo.com

    Is it possible we could have our own Mike Trout?

  • NEXT GM

    yes , uncanny resembalence.

  • NEXT GM

    tnks , I coudnt remember his name.

  • SRT

    Good to see the reports on the death…er, bust – of Nimmo have been greatly exaggerated.

  • Vin

    Funny, you would think the guy read all the “yeah, but I’m waiting on the power” comments here and elsewhere over the last few days and went out and hit a homer and double in the same game to quiet them down.

    More likely, though, it’s one of the next things he’s going to work on – pulling / driving the ball. He has zone judgement down beyond any other top or older prospect at this level, he’s hitting lefties, so now maybe he’s turning to the next item on the menu – showing that power.

    I was thinking they’d leave him there through June regardless but, I think if he continues getting solid extra base hits while continuing to command the zone, they’ll move him up a lot earlier.

  • Alex68

    Paul O’neil
    Mike Trout
    Nick Markakis
    Mickey Mantle
    Shin Sho Choo

    Those have been the players Nimmo’s been compared to… yes, Mickey Mantle.. lol

  • RyanF55

    Mantle was compared by looks ONLY, lets not sensationalize it haha.

  • Hotstreak

    So was Marvelous Marv Thronberry.

  • Hotstreak

    Sandy may have the last laugh on the criticism of the pick. But upper minors we will get a better idea.

  • Taskmaster4450

    The Alex lie machine is at it again.

    He is incapable of telling the truth even when most of the board read the original post and the guy said he wasnt saying he played like Mantle only physically looked like him.

    Alex is the most dishonest poster on here.

  • rubagreta

    A 21-year-old hitting .400 in the FSL is more impressive than a 26-year old hitting .400 in Vegas.

  • SRT

    I really think now that he’s healthy – fully healed from that injury last season – we’re seeing his potential.
    You are correct though about how he fares as he moves up. Wondering when his promotion this season will be.

  • Alex68

    again, i posted a pic and posted their phisycalities, in no way they look alike. Nimmo is taller and skinnier, Mantle was wright like built with more muscles… he knew he messed up and try to say physically
    If i am so dishonest as you say why you keep posting to me you Sandy Slurper!?!?! ran out of sandy juice?

  • Hotstreak

    I personally feel once you dominate for lets say thru mid July it will be time for a promotion. Challenge when ready is how you grow and develop further.

  • Taskmaster4450

    No he didnt Alex. He said right in the original post that he wasnt comparing skills just looks.

    And just because you dont think their facial features look alike doesnt make him wrong.

    As for the Sandy Slurper, it seems that is the intelligence on this site. You, well, you tend to bring down the level of comprehension greatly.

  • Donal

    It has been a month. Lets see what happens in his second go around when the league has had a look at him. It isn’t just about putting up good numbers, but also developing as a player. How will he handle adversity? Can he make counter adjustments?

  • mets4lyfe

    Nimmo has average speed, which won’t allow him to be a plus defender at CF. I don’t see a situation where the Mets place Nimmo at CF over Juan Lagares given that Lagares is arguably the best CF in baseball. Just because he’s playing CF at St. Lucie doesn’t mean he’s capable of playing CF at the ML level. You’re going to be sacrificing defense by putting Nimmo at CF.

    Nimmo had plus speed when he was initially drafted by the majors. He ran 6.5s 60-yard dash pre-draft, which equates to 80 speed in the grading scale. The fact that he’s now seen as solid average speed tells you that it’s not very likely he’ll stick at CF as scouting reports had predicted. He might stick at CF, but it’s unlikely since he’s been incrementally getting slower as he’s gotten older.

    Moreover, I’m not basing his ultimate position in the majors strictly based on power. Power is obviously something you want, but it’s about overall offensive production (OPS, wRC+, etc.) He could hit 10 HRs a year for all I care as long as his overall offensive production is around the .850 OPS mark.

    “So, in summary, your premise (that without power, Nimmo is nothing special) is utterly wrong and utterly premature. Other than that, outstanding post!”

    No, that wasn’t my premise at all. I never even mentioned his power in (or anything about his offense) in my post. However, you can continue to misconstrue my posts in any way you desire.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Get off the Mickey Mantle thing dude. The commenter said he LOOKS like Mickey Mantle. You know, like the way you probably look like a homeless John Candy.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Please stop.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    This kid is an animal. It’s like if scientists combined the DNA of Pete Rose, Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente and Ted Williams and then put that DNA into a robot body designed to play baseball. There’s also probably some lion in there too. Yeah, and bears. Like ten bears.

    Oh, also, he has the face of Mickey Mantle. It’s a spitting image. Dead ringer.

  • mets4lyfe

    Yeah, I thought the Jay Bruce comparisons are a bit out there aside from the height and swinging from the left-side. But I still find it intriguing that Nimmo does have everything – albeit not tapped into yet – that’s required to hit 20+ HRs a year. You do bring up a good point regarding the dimensions of Citi Field that might prevent Nimmo from becoming a perennial 20+ HR threat.

    Regarding scouting, yeah, they’re definitely hit or miss. Certain observations catch my attention like Nimmo being compared to Bruce and a couple comparing Wheeler to Edwin Jackson. Comparisons like that always pique my interest. Besides 401 players drafted ahead of Pujols, just look at how many teams passed on Stanton(76th overall) in the 2007 draft.

  • mets4lyfe

    The Mantle comparison was strictly based on facial structure. You keep taking it out of context for reasons I don’t know.

  • Waz0787

    Promote the kid. He can be special. Trout should be an example he has talents.

  • Bill Buckner

    If he keeps this up into mid-May, they should promote him. No need to keep him at such a low level for too long if he’s hitting .400 there and dominating…

  • Waz0787

    Over the last twenty years only Decent RF I can think mets had were bell, nady and green. He has talent and we mets fanbase need hope and he is the closest thing to hope we have. Promotion

  • mets4lyfe

    I’ve often wondered why Nimmo doesn’t excel at using his speed on the base-paths. He’s 16 for 30 in SBs in his MiLB career, which is kind of surprising.

  • Waz0787

    Back off bro. Kid can be special. Hope bro

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Here are Colorado Mets Fan’s comments, which you saw in real time. I bolded some things to help you with reading comprehension:

    “His appearance is reminiscent of a young Mickey Mantle. At least in a baseball sense, one can only hope…”

    “He looks like a young Mickey Mantle, at least facially. Beyond that is out of my control…:)”

    “There is a facial resemblance. Not saying from a baseball sense, only physical appearance.

    I assume you do this because you really, really need the hug that mommy never gave you growing up. You simply can’t be this dumb.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Please stop lying.

  • Not4

    You’re right that you did not mention anything about his power – my bad. Guess that’s the problem with reading when not fully awake as I combined Scoolink’s argument with yours. And while I disagree with your actual argument that he is unlikely to stick in CF, that argument has a lot more traction than the “no power, no player” argument by scoolnick.

    Regarding his defense and speed, it is still based more upon scout’s projections given his size, than what he is actually doing in the field. The kid is a very good athlete and still is fast. More importantly, he is learning how to track balls better and taking better angles (starting last year and continuing into this year, from what I’ve read). As opposed to Flores, who I have loved since rookie ball (who always lacked the athleticism, speed, quickness or agility to be a SS), Nimmo has a skill set that can play in CF and play well, until proven otherwise.

    Lagaras, whom I also really like, is a fantastic example. When he was moved from middle infield to OF, the word was that he could only play a corner OF spot. In fact, at no time did I hear anyone raving about his defense in any OF position, let alone CF as he came up through the minors. As you said, he is arguably the best defensive CFer in the game, which is just incredible. I think he’ll work out, but he still has to prove he can hit consistently to stick permanently in CF. I hope he does. I even think he will. But that doesn’t change the fact that there is no reason to write off Nimmo’s ability to stick in CF as a good defensive player at this point.

  • Alex68

    Brandon Nimmo = The next Mickey Mantle….

  • peter

    Im confused, there are to many positive comments, where are the comments slamming Alderson and Depo for drafting Nimmo in the first round???????????

  • Alex68

    well, in 3 years they’ve not had ONE single guy drafted even close to the majors… Nimmo is still in Single A and is about 2 years away to make the majors and then we’ll see how he does then… in terms of “drafting” right now their grade is an F

  • Alex68

    Sandy Lover… they DON’T look alike….

  • MDonaldWilpon

    I don’t know if he is going to get a mid-season promotion at the age of 21. Interestingly, at the age of 20, and I know there’s a different philosophy now, but the Mets let David Wright complete a .270/.369/.828 at St. Lucie with 549 at bats in 2003 after a similarly pedestrian .266/.367/.768 at Cap City (Low A) in 2002. Once he got to Binghamton, he lit it up and was in the majors by August 2004 at the age of 21. This time next year god willing, we might have a special player on our hands….

  • Zalmen

    You’re the biggest loser here

  • Alex68

    Just a reminder: This kid is at least 2 years away, pump your brakes a little bit before making any proclamation… remember, the lower the expectations the lower the disappointment.

  • Waz0787

    Wright has failed me. Its nimmo time. He can be our Derek Jeter

  • 90orMore

    So why is no one talking about T.J. Rivera, who apparently is just as hot? Should he be promoted to AA as well?

  • Alex68

    2017 … it’s just around the corner….

  • Destry

    He’s almost 26 in single A. Probably should’ve been promoted a year or two ago.

  • Destry

    Agree Teddy. I think he’s in Bingy for at least the second half this year, and if he continues to tear it up there, then AAA to start the 2015 season with a mid to late June call up if all goes well.

  • Destry

    Maybe. If he tears up Bingy in the 2nd half, he will start 2015 in AAA. If he tears up AAA to start the 2015 season, then he will be starting in the Mets OF in June of 2015

  • Captain America

    Glass shattering Alex68 disappointment that Nimmo is blossoming.

  • Destry

    That’s because that have drafted high upside high school kids.

  • Alex68

    2015!?!?!!? REALLY!?????????????? Wow…. you really got high hopes for this kid… earliest we see him is 2016, ETA 2017 if..

  • Destry

    Shawn Green had a decent half a season

  • Alex68

    Thanks….. For reading and commenting…

  • Destry

    If you are a Mets fan, don’t you want him to be great? It sure seems like you are hoping he fails.

  • Destry

    He will be in AA for the 2nd half of the season. No doubt about it.

  • Sach

    I’m hoping the Mets are at least flexible in their thinking when to promote Brandon and any previous timetable with respect to him arriving with the Mets. If The Nimmo Man is a freakish hitter, then no sense in keeping a good man down.

  • Waz0787

    That tells you about our RD situation over the years. I am serious nimmo is my my hope.

  • $14435385

    Wouldn’t rule out a cup of coffee in 2015, but certainly not more than that. It would surprise me if it’s later than 2016, though.

  • Waz0787

    That’s what hope is about. Our current position players are meh. Hoping nimmo is the next trout.

  • Destry

    I really think Nimmo is gonna be special. If he can stick in CF, he’s gonna be really special. Its amazing to think he didn’t really even play competitive baseball in high school. Just some traveling teams and All Star tourneys

  • jdon48

    mickey mantle was brandon nimmo once.

  • astoriacub

    says no one but you

  • jdon48

    every major leaguer was brandon nimmo once

  • jdon48

    actually nimmo looks like a taller roger maris as a youth

  • Alex68

    So you’re throwing the IFS in there… okay then.. because if he keeps hitting like this once promoted to double A, i don’t think he’s got much else to prove and should be in the majors by 2015 opening day!

  • Alex68

    Which ones? Only Nimmo is doing good… remember, we as mets fans tend to OVER HYPE our prospects only to see them becomes busts right in our own eyes.. it’s been that way since mid 80’s..

  • metsfansince64

    People say that, but it’s really not true. It’s a mixed bag, where oddly enough, the hyped prospects have generally failed, apart from Wright and Reyes, whereas the unhyped have done well. Pelfrey, F-Mart, Humber were hyped, and did not do well. But, otoh… Was Dillon Gee hyped? Was Jon Niese hyped? Was Lagares hyped? Not so much.

    Nobody was hyping Nimmo – he’s getting hyped now because of performance. And he deserves it – I can’t even remember a Met player at any minor league level hitting at his numbers, even for a month. Ever. We’ve always developed pitchers, not hitters.

  • Alex768

    Nobody was hyping nimmo? Were you not in the blog when he was drafted?? Lol, there were articles being written about what he eats for dinner and where he likes to eat lol, come on now…

  • Alex68

    Awwwwwww, how is it that you say, ahhh, yes…. Burn?
    Thank you for reading and commenting you SL PO’s….

  • azulnaranja

    I try not to get too excited about players still in A ball, but I saw this today on Baseball Prospectus, from a scout:

    Brandon Nimmo, CF, Mets (St. Lucie)
    Well built for 21, yet has a frame that will support more weight. Classic left-handed stance, quiet hands with a slight knee bend; swing is short and quick with a slight uppercut; generates natural backspin on the ball, which helps project above-average future power. He doesn’t know how to drive the ball yet, but when he does the power will come and the doubles will turn into home runs. Extremely patient approach at the plate; absolutely will not expand the strike zone, even in RBI situations. Plus runner underway but not an explosive first step. Should be able to stay in center field for the foreseeable future.

    Steven Matz, LHP, Mets (St. Lucie)
    Explosive fastball that the lefty commanded well overall, though much better arm-side. Pulled it inside a number of times when trying to hit inside corner to right-handed hitters. Fastball sat 92-94 throughout the outing. Curveball was 76-78 with a hard, two-plane break and he commanded it well; not afraid to backdoor it to right-handed hitters, but also buried it inside at their feet; changed approach throughout the game to keep hitters off balance. Changeup is a work in progress but was effective; movement was inconsistent—some had decent arm-side fade while others were relatively flat—but even the ones that had little movement missed bats because of location, change in velocity, and arm speed. Featured a quick arm and soft landing on front leg; delivery was smooth and featured little wasted movement or effort; does a good job of getting out over his front side.

    Because of his fastball command and ability to use curveball against right-handed hitters, Matz should have no problem staying as a starter. If his changeup continues to develop and gains consistency, he could develop into a no. 2 starter. Poised to move quickly now that he’s healthy and shouldn’t be in the FSL for long.

    I included the Matz stuff too because why not get even more good news. I don’t want to wish away this year – hoping it will turn out reasonably well and entertaining for us, but we finally, finally, seem to have an abundance of fine prospects in the pipeline.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Haha. Sorry that nobody is going to let you distort facts. That must be frustrating.

  • metsfansince64

    That’s not hype – that’s the natural coverage that a first round pick in NYC, esp such an oddball one, is going to garner. Talking about what he ate, how he trained w/o high school baseball in Wyoming, etc. is human interest. But I don’t recall anyone saying *this kid is going to be a great major leaguer – he’s going to be the second coming of [fill in whoever you like]. On the contrary – most of the coverage I remember said the Mets were taking a huge risk in drafting this kid so high, and nobody that I recall was projecting that he was going to be anything special. High risk, high reward is the kindest thing I remember being said in terms of his potential. And I also recall that the fanbase (and some of the media) were up in arms about the Mets drafting him in the first round instead of various other better known prospects.

  • Sach

    I think Brandon’s hit and plate discipline tool borders on freakish especially the plate discipline which is unusual for a kid so young.

  • MetsWatchman

    Alex……everyone is getting exited about the sudden, explosive, offensive show Nimmo is putting on in high A at just 21 years old. Why are you suppressing everyone’s positive posts, even the most astute commenters on MMO are in agreement and getting excited about this kid. Is there any particular reason you’re so negative on this one? For the past 6 years I’ve been to most St. Lucie games in the first half, and then some Brooklyn games in the summer, and I can honestly say he is the best pure hitter I’ve seen come through the system in the last 6 years. The swing is sweet, his perception of the strike zone is incredible for his age, he makes pitchers throw strikes to him, and he maintains a high percentage of solid contact. He’s giving us every reason to believe in him. I liked the Olerud comparison and I’ll throw another name out there too, he reminds me of Paul O’Neill also. Don’t worry Alex, it’s OK if he makes it, even though you’ve disparaged him and the pick for the last 2 years.

  • dealingwithidiots

    No one compared Nimmo’s baseball skills to Mickey Mantle – did not happen, no matter how many times you post that doesn’t make it true.

  • dealingwithidiots

    This post was repeated numerous time, doesn’t stop Alex from making up crap. Pathetic. In about an hour or so he’ll say it again.

  • Captain America

    Love it theodore

  • NEXT GM

    lol , beat me to it.

  • willywater88

    Dammit Alex – the only reason he was succeeding was because you didn’t believe. Nimmo goes 2 for his next 138 now.

  • Agee’s Catch

    His numbers so far look high school-ish

  • Captain America

    Josh hamilton

  • Captain America

    Paul o’neill

  • Captain America

    Jay bruce

  • Captain America

    Shin Soo Choo

  • If he keeps this up they might not wait until June to send him up to Binghamton. These are video game numbers. Awesome.

  • Taskmaster4450

    If he gets promoted to AA this season, I dont see him starting at AAA in 2015. I think because of his age and the organizational approach to take it slow, he will repeat AA to start next season before moving up to AAA in H2. He might be a Sept call up depending upon when he needs to be added to the 40.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Because most on here cannot understand a long range approach to organizational development and only know the major league and “fix it now” philosophy.

    The first round picks were Nimmo, Gavin, and Smith, all h.s players. People want guys drafted who can make the majors in a year or two because it helps the ball club. They believe in “who cares about 3 years from now…just sign a FA to fill that hole then”.

    Guys like Nimmo carry a bigger risk because they are younger and no where near as refined as the college guys. However, it is also where more than half the all stars come from (which many would conclude that means half come from College….wrong…a bunch are IFAs).

  • Metfan9876

    He will be up before 2017 unless he falls off big time. It’s as simple as that.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Thank you for the perspective, my friend. Should we just ignore it altogether?

  • mets4lyfe

    I think we can both agree that we’d love to see Nimmo stick at CF.

  • Not4

    Absolutely!

  • Hotstreak

    Let me be the first to say it: Could he be Joey Votto like?:

  • Vin

    ” He doesn’t know how to drive the ball yet, but when he does the power will come and the doubles will turn into home runs.”

    I think that’s the key to Nimmo getting promoted. Start consistently picking pitches to drive and drive them. It’s seems like the next big thing on his development list. Do that, then move up to face more advanced pitching and see if you can do it all – hit lefties, command the zone for a high OBP, and drive the ball.

  • jaygreen55

    Vaughn is not showing very much promise at Binghamton. If he doesn’t turn it around soon Nimmo should replace him. That would put him on track for a September call up next year

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Liar, liar, plants for hire….

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Imagine how I feel. Yesterday, I said “Wait until the power develops” and then he goes yard. I love it!

  • Taskmaster4450

    That was said a number of times over the past week.

  • Hotstreak

    I guess I missed those comments.

  • Connor O’Brien

    “pump your brakes a little bit before making any proclamation”

    Didn’t you call him a bust?

    This is exactly what we were telling you when you screamed bust.

  • Connor O’Brien

    I have to bookmark this comment.

  • Connor O’Brien

    How does liking Sandy Alderson have anything to do with whether Nimmo has a body type or face that looks like someone else?

  • Connor O’Brien

    Finally healthy, this was going to be the year where Nimmo could go out and really prove himself.

  • Connor O’Brien

    He probably won’t be a huge power hitter, but if he can hit .300+ (of course this is jumping the gun because he’s only in High-A) with a decent OBP, he can be very valuable, even in a corner spot.

  • Connor O’Brien

    I wouldn’t promote him off just a few weeks. June, maybe mid-late May would be the earliest. You have to make sure it’s him being too good for the level and not just a hot streak.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Before Spring Training: “Nimmo is garbage…”

  • DrDooby

    It seems very premature to assume that. For now, Nimmo’s approach makes him more of a gap to gap hitter. But if he keeps progressing and continues to fill out, there may be significant power potential in his body. Grady Sizemore hit 27 HR in over 2000 minor league PA in four years and then averaged 27 HR per season as a major leaguer in his first 4 full seasons.

  • DrDooby

    Binghamton in mid to late June after the FSL All Star Game. Then Vegas to open 2015 if all goes well in Binghamton and an MLB debut in late 2015 at age 22 would seem like an aggressive schedule.

  • Vin

    Exactly. The guy is 6’3 and added 10-15 pounds just this off season – his first real off season training program. Plus, he’s learning, or will learn, how to drive the ball.

    Combine all that with what looks like a fantastic eye and Nimmo could be a hitter with very good game power when he gets here.

  • Connor O’Brien

    Of course. Yes it’s premature. Just going off what we know now and what the scouts have said.

  • I wouldn’t start thinking promotion until after the first half is over. But if he hits .400 come Mid-May, he could force their hand.

  • That could happen come mid-season. And if it’s not Vaughn, it’ll be someone else because if he keeps raking, he will get called up.

  • nimmofan25

    Funny how I was high on this Kid last year and was blasted for it. People needed to understand he isn’t your normal prospect. Sure some players jump from high school to the minors. Nimmo didn’t have high school ball. He showed last year he was starting to break out before he got injured. If he can stay healthy by time he reaches the majors he will be a 290-300 hitter 20-25 hr and a 30sb guy. Give him time to develop.

  • nimmofan25

    I know it’s a different position but reminds me of Olerud with more speed.

  • nimmofan25

    You have forgotten Smith

  • Metfan9876

    Maybe a little aggressive, but if he’s ready, he’s ready.