Nimmo and Syndergaard on BA Hot Sheet

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Earlier today, Baseball America released their Hot Sheet, which highlights this past week’s best minor league performances. For the Mets, outfielder Brandon Nimmo and right-hander Noah Syndergaard made it at #7 and #12 respectively.

This is what they had to say about the two:

No. 7 Brandon Nimmo, cf, Mets

Team: high Class A St. Lucie (Florida State)
Age: 21
Why He’s Here: .423/.545/.577 (11-for-26), 8 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 7 BB, 4 SO, 2-for-3 SB

The Scoop: The 2011 first-rounder has emphatically put a challenging season behind him, proving that a hand injury and a punishing home park at low Class A Savannah undermined his production in 2013. This year in the FSL, Nimmo is hitting .379 with a 26-to-23 walk-to-strikeout ratio through 27 games, and he leads the league in on-base percentage (.504), runs (30) and walks.

No. 12 Noah Syndergaard, rhp, Mets

Team: Triple-A Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)
Age: 21
Why He’s Here: 2-0, 2.25, 2 GS, 12 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 SO

The Scoop: Syndergaard can’t buy a break when it comes to scheduling, but he hasn’t seemed to mind. Most pitchers would prefer to pitch at home, but when you’re home is Las Vegas, you’d be wise to enjoy the occasional trip to an easier place to pitch. There’s been no such luck for Syndergaard because five of his six starts have been at home, which makes his 3.94 ERA all the more impressive.

Nimmo has had a scorching April, hitting .384/.508/.515, with five doubles, a triple, and two homers, as well as five stolen bases, but had been left off the list throughout the month.

Syndergaard, as noted by the hot sheet, has to pitch in one of the worst parks in the minors, and has done a fine job so far.

Congrats to both, and looking forward to seeing them again on this list in the near future.

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  • Frank Francisco

    Nimmo’s performance is certainly inspiring. He is finally performing the way a first round pick should perform and he is still very young. It’s been a while since we’ve had a five-tool draftee make an impact at the majors. Hopefully he can be the one who gets it done.

  • mets4lyfe

    Great point about Syndergaard’s 5 starts at Cashman field.

  • nacho6

    It really is such a classic Mets thing for the organization to finally stack quality pitching prospects and put them in the worst possible environment for pitching.

  • Frank Francisco

    Puello on the other hand had a bad winter, a bad spring training, and is now putting up some ugly numbers which are even uglier because theyre in a hitter friendly AAA park. Beginning to be more and more concerned that his breakout last season may have been a masquerade.

    .241/.267/.287 in 90 PA’s.

  • Captain America

    Let’s go kids

  • oleosmirf

    I thought Puello had a good ST, but yea he doesn’t look too good right now.

  • BigAl831

    Damn they’re young.

    Can’t wait to see Thor up here.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Where are they supposed to pitch? Pitching in a harsher environment might build character in the face of adversity. Maybe we should keep them in Single A forever.

  • BCleveland3381

    If I remember Puello’s spring, he wasn’t getting a ton of hits, but I remember him hitting every ball on the nose. Not sure what happened.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Some take time to adjust to AAA. That is why all the calls for Puello to make the team out of ST were absurd. He sat out the last 50 games of the season so he might be still trying to get his timing down. Or he might be suffering from the effects of “being clean” (although I dont think he was on something last year).

    Time will tell.

  • Taskmaster4450

    The older I get the younger these prospects get.

  • Eric Raffle

    Puello is not playing/starting every day. I’ll dismiss his early production as a short sample….they have batted him lead off several times—maybe he’s working on “The Approach”

    I cannot dismiss his on/off play schedule…he’s 23….he should play every day.

  • nutsac

    nimmo isnt that young for the fsl. pretty much age apropriate

  • nacho6

    The team could make a conscious effort to get their AAA affiliate a couple time zones closer to the major league club and out of the most hitter friendly park in the middle of the desert. Anywhere else would be better.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Actually he is about 1.7 yrs under the FSL average.

  • ots

    Puello had a great spring. what were u watching ? and now this dopey team has him batting 8th

    so there’s that

  • Taskmaster4450

    What difference does that make…there is no pitcher hitting in Vegas?

  • $14435385

    Average age for High A is just a tick under 23, so he’s more than a year and a half ahead of his typical peers (closer to 2, actually, since he just turned 21 a month ago).

  • Taskmaster4450

    You realize that are only 30 AAA affiliates authorized and a team can only move by signing an agreement with another city when that affiliate agreement comes up.

    The Mets are locked in to Vegas through 2014 but there might not be another option unless one of the other cities wants the Mets more than the present team.

  • $14435385

    Sorry Task – saw your response after I’d already written mine…

  • jb

    It has to be easier to pitch in Las Vegas to AAA players than any stadium with mlb players.

  • nacho6

    I do realize that, yes. I’m just venting my frustrations that the team couldn’t get Buffalo to agree to renew a contract.

    This is from an Adam Rubin piece from the time of the split

    “This would mark the second time in recent years the Mets have been booted by their Triple-A affiliate.

    They had a four-decade relationship severed by Norfolk after the
    2006 season because the Tides became disenchanted with the quality of
    the product and the attention given by the Mets.”

    The team being screwed over by their own poor management and decision making time and again is my main point here.

  • SchadenfreudianSlip

    So his slow start is the fault of the coaching staff and the organization?
    I think Puello will be fine. He’ll hit. But blaming this on anyone other than Puello just not hitting well is stretching to paint with a specific brush.

  • CJM

    He’s off the juice. Pretty simple.

  • SchadenfreudianSlip

    From everything I read, this is a result of Jeffy Boy being Jeffy Boy (and turning off everyone he comes in contact with) and years of neglect in building the system to the point of the AAA team being filled with retreads and third rate prospects.

    If things were being redone now, the Jeffy Boy thing would still be a huge issue but our system would be a positive rather than a negative.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Reports are that Jeffy is the one who screwed up those relationships along with New Orleans.

    The owner of the Norfolk team said the entire tone of the communications changed as soon as Jeffy got involved…i.e. they ceased.

  • Dark HelMet

    You can’t be serious

  • jason bay

    That’s because the Wilpon Method doesn’t give a rats arse about developing a team.

  • CJM

    Do you think that’s not a possibility?

  • jason bay

    Puello’s 3rd option year is this year so in 2015 he would have to be passed through waivers if he’s not part of the 25 man roster.

  • jason bay

    It really is unless you want to try and develop him as a 5th OFer while in the Majors.

    Incidentally the same situation exists for Flores and Kirk.

  • jason bay

    Puello is not hitting at all on the road .125/.125/.167 at all for some reason (8 games) compared to .286/.318/.333 at home (16 games)

  • jason bay

    Yeah that makes it very difficult to trade a young prospect so we will most likely be carrying Puello and Flores ready or not next year.

    The IFA market is crucial but rule 5 and option years really hinder the results for all but the fastest moving prospects and it is not fair that players signed at 16 have the same rules as those drafted at 18.

    At 24 a decision to carry them or not must be made and a re building team can do well by simply scooping up players that pass through waivers due to options.

  • nimmofan25

    Hitters hit no matter where they are hitting in the lineup. Maybe he is batting 8th because he isn’t hitting.

  • Tommy2cat

    Agreed – btw awesome tag lol

  • nimmofan25

    He was actually performing this way last year until he got injured. As you can tell by the name I am a huge Nimmo fan. I go to many of the games, this kid is so much better then given credit for. No high school ball so of course he was going to need a little more time then most prospects. His swing and approach reminds me of Olerud and I will say this if the power comes your looking at a higher average Jim Edmunds.

  • Nimmofan25

    Nimmo= Jim Edmonds.

  • Not4

    While MD and Task have correctly pointed out the actual league average overall, I think it also is worth noting that most top prospects will usually be young for a league and it may well be that the average top prospect passes through the minors on average about 2 years ahead of others.

  • john q

    Nimmo doesn’t have that type of power. Edmonds almost hit 400 career HR.

    More of a Bernie Williams/Johnny Damon type of CF. Then it all depends whether he can field the position at CF or not.

  • Nimmofan25

    Grady Sizemore didn’t hit for power in the minors either and quickly started hitting over 20 plus hr’s a season. I don’t think he’ll get the chance in CF if Lazarus keeps producing. Give Nimmo time he’ll start hitting for more power. He did hit in the Yellowstone of the minor leagues last year while dealing with a wrist injury. So I really don’t think any of us know what Nimmo’s power really is.

  • Nimmofan25

    Damn spell check, Lagares

  • Well that’s awesome.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    That guy Lazarus really revived his career. The scouts all left him for dead.

  • Chuck

    Man, I like that nickname for Lagares — Lazarus. He may not have risen from the grave, but he seemed to come out of nowhere for us last year.

  • john q

    Nimmo, yeah fair point. It’s a bit hard to remember that Nimmo is only 21 and was still in high school 3 years ago. Players usually develop power as they age.

    It’s very early to tell and it also depends on his defense and if he’s able to handle big league pitching.

    It seems like his best skill is pitch recognition/plate discipline so if he continues he could be a .380 on base outfielder. Those are actually very rare. Just going back to 1969, you’re talking about Ken Singleton, Tim Salmon, Bernie Williams, Brian Giles, J.D. Drew type player and then on the top end: R. Henderson, L. Walker, M. Ramirez, T. Raines, T. Gwynn, B. Abreu, G. Sheffield, and L. Berkman.

  • Nimmofan25

    God did you say Abreu lol, Now looking at everything a young Barry Bonds comes to mind.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Noah Syndegaard > Nolan Ryan
    Noah Syndegaard > Roger Clemens
    Noah Syndegaard > Adam Wainwright
    Noah Syndegaard > Felix Hernandez
    Noah Syndegaard > Tom Seaver
    Noah Syndegaard > CY Young

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Brandon Nimmo > Ken Griffey Jr.
    Brandon Nimmo > Ted Williams
    Brandon Nimmo > Stan Musial
    Brandon Nimmo > Reggie Jackson
    Brandon Nimmo > Barry Bonds
    Brandon Nimmo > Joe DiMaggio

  • willymayshayes

    ASSumption… not so simple…

  • willymayshayes


  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    “Puello on the other hand had a bad winter, a bad spring training”

    The same spring training where he was outhitting every other OF by a country mile until he was cut?

  • Macdaddy

    Screw the hype train…Leroy is just simply loaded.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    You guys are never satisfied with me.

    1st Im too hard on prospects now Im overvaluing them.

    You’d really flip your sh** if I had said this:

    Mike Pelfrey > Noah Syndegaard


  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    He wasnt on the juice last year, he was tested and passed….and just suspended last year after the old biogenesis records(names) were reported

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    He was mashing in Spring training with the big boys though

  • john q

    Yeah, I didn’t list Bonds because that would be the ultimate. There’s only about 20 outfielders with 2000 plate appearances and a + .380 on base percentage since 1969 so Nimmo would be in very rare company if he could do that.

    I think people forget or don’t realize what a great player Bobby Abreu was. He kind of got stuck on those Phillies teams of the late 90’s early-mid 2000’s when they never made the playoffs. There was time from 1998-2004 when he could still field and run where he was one of the top 10 position players in baseball. I remember he used to kill the Mets back then. He hit .294 with a lifetime .404 on base percentage and a .483 slugging percentage at Shea Stadium in 325 plate appearances.

    His lifetime numbers a very impressive:

    .292/.396/.477, 1443 runs scored, 1351 RBI, 566 2B (23rd all time), 288 HR, 399 SB, 2439 hits, 1457 walks (22nd all time), 3929 times on base (51st all time), runs created 1693 (49th all time), WAR (60.6, 112th all time). He’s really a borderline HOF.

  • Dark HelMet

    That he had taken something last year? I guess maybe, but he’s always had the tools. What he took probably made him recover from injury faster. That stuff just doesn’t make you a good baseball player.

  • Dark HelMet

    It wasn’t this bad, though, i don’t think.

  • DrDooby

    My hope is that the Wilpons for all their faults are smart enough to learn from past mistakes and understand how vital a quality farm system is to a franchise’s success. Even Jeff Wilpon – which of course is assuming / hoping quite a bit.

  • DrDooby

    Yes. Nimmo hit well in April, got injured, missed a month, wasn’t 100 % even after his return but played through it and started feeling better in August again when his numbers went up again accordingly.

    Mets fans still underrate park effects and age vs. league factors too. If Dominic Smith merely manages to hold his own as an 18-year old in the SAL that’s a lot more impressive than a 23-year-old college draftee posting a .950 OPS there. Smith has ways to go get there but he has been improving gradually. And A-Ball numbers are a lot less important than learning the game, especially game speed and working on things to eventually become better major leaguers.

  • jason bay

    You can see Jr.s fingerprints on the team in the Bourn and the Granderson thinking.

    Under four different GN’s since the Wilpon’s became sole owners in 2002 we have signed six FA OFer’s. Floyd, Cameron, Beltran, Alou, Bay and Granderson.

    I think Jeff just likes the intrigue and publicity of the FA hunt.

  • jason bay

    BP FB’s in ST.