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Will Nimmo Find Playing Time?

NY Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo was once described as a golden retriever trapped in a baseball player’s body. The good natured 24 year old is one of the players who might benefit from moves that the Mets make at the trading deadline. Hailing from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Nimmo was the 13th pick of the 1st round in the 2011 draft. He was the first first-round pick ever from Wyoming, which does not even have high school baseball.

Brandon Nimmo Scouting Report

Mostly a centerfielder in the minors, where he had a Fld% of .986 and a RF/9 of 2.38. Nimmo can play all three outfield positions. He bats left and throws right. He has a very steady approach at the plate, with a good knowledge of the strike zone. He’s still learning how to hit breaking stuff, but recognizes off speed pitches well. Showing a good ability to get on base, in 2,100 minor league at-bats his slash line was .280/.387/.419. He’s one of the few fast runners currently on the team. He hits to all fields, though has a tendency to ground out when pulling the ball.

Brandon Nimmo HeatMap

Injury Bug

It looked as though Nimmo had earned a bench spot on the team coming out of spring training. But a hamstring issue that began during the WBC, where he played for Team Italy, and then a hand problem caused him to miss the cut. As Brandon told

It was a snowball effect, one thing right after the other. We finally got to a point where I was healthy and playing consistently and that felt good, but then it was trying to figure things out at the plate and get comfortable again. All of that kind of stuff, you kind of go through another spring training. Hey, guess what? Baseball is a game of failure and you have to learn to deal with it. Life isn’t always fair either so it was just a life lesson. I was trying to look at this as, what can I learn from this and what character can I build from this?

After healing, he was hitting only .223 in 38 games with Triple-A Las Vegas. Although Nimmo hit a grand slam in one of Steven Matz‘s rehab games. Brandon rejoined the Mets in mid-June, when they needed another outfielder after Juan Lagares¬†went down with an injury. But on July 8th Nimmo was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a partially collapsed lung. No one knows why it occurred. He began a rehab assignment at triple-A Las Vegas on July 24th.

Back in the Major Leagues to Stay?

So far in just 93 major league at-bats, Nimmo has a slash line of .290/.365/.344. He hasn’t yet developed into the power-hitter that the Mets had hoped. But he brings energy and a positive outlook to the clubhouse. One thing is certain, Brandon Nimmo isn’t going to let a temporary set back stop him.

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