Nimmo went 1 for 2 with a walk, strikeout and home run on Wednesday for the Mets in their 6-4 win over the Braves. He swung at the first pitch he saw from right-hander Shane Carle in the fourth inning and sent it over the fence in right field for his first homer of the spring.
The early aggressiveness at the plate paid off for the generally passive Nimmo who says he’s going to be in attack mode more often early in the count, “It does depend on how you’re feeling, but being a little more comfortable with [hitting coach Pat Roessler] and with my swing has helped to be able to go after those pitches earlier in the count.”
The 24-year-old Nimmo is now 3 for 9 with a double, homer, walk and three strikeouts thus far this spring. He’s coming off a 2017 major league season in which he slashed .260/.379/.418 with 11 doubles, triple and five home runs ion 215 plate appearances.
His O-swing percentage (percentage of times you swing at pitches out of the strike zone) was the fifth lowest in majors last year at 17%. Though he also struck out 27.9% of the time which led all Mets hitters with at least 200 plate appearances.