When Sandy Alderson and company selected Brandon Nimmo with the Mets first round (13th overall) pick in the 2011 draft it was hardly a slam dunk. This is because Nimmo’s home state, Wyoming, might have a higher population of endangered American Buffalo than high-school athletes. (Also… Wyoming is pretty cold). Nimmo’s talents were only truly put on display with his play for an American Legion team. So, seeing Nimmo begin to blossom in his first full season as a prospect has to feel good for Alderson who rolled the dice a little selecting him.
Physically, Nimmo is a big kid (6’3”) with a skinny build (185 Lbs). He has a solid swing and good strong legs and this… has scouts a little confused. Right now, some scouts see Nimmo as a speedy centerfielder who has a little power but survives on his legs. Other scouts see him as a budding power outfielder who will bulk up and need to be moved to a corner. The good news… No scouts think he’s not destined to be a fine “Major League” player.
This season did not start so wonderfully for Nimmo. He didn’t hit the ball so much in the first bunch of games and was living at or below the Mendoza line. Conversely his OBP was fantastic and he was one of only a handful of players with more walks than strikeouts. Yet… he was hardly hitting enough to get fans to excited. Thankfully, he’s managed to turn things around in a big way.
First the bad news: His walks have taken a nose dive and his strikeouts are on the rise. Now to the good: Nimmo is currently hitting .264 for the season. It should be noted that in all of June he hit .200 and in July he still struggled and wound up with a batting average of .270. Thus far through 5 August games he’s hitting .368 but let’s look at some more interesting stats…
- OPS: Brandon Nimmo’s OPS has not been below .732 in any month. Because in June his walk-rate was SO high, he managed to still provide solid value in his at-bats.
- SLG: When I look at this stat I like to look at the difference between one’s batting average and their SLG or OBP. Nimmo’s SLG was .125 higher in June, .165 higher in July and .180 higher in this young month.
- Speed: Nimmo, despite the reputation for speed that the scouts have attached to him, has not yet stolen a single base in 2012. He was caught twice.
- Clutch: My favorite split with Nimmo… his numbers go up with men on base and then up again with players in scoring position.
Nimmo would not be well served by a late season promotion to Savannah and might actually be well served by skipping Savannah for Port St. Lucie in 2013. My biggest hope is that the Mets hold Nimmo in centerfield until he sizes himself out of the position.
Around The Minors:
Mets Have A Righty Bat, Zach Lutz – The man has an OPS of 1.398 in his last 10 games with 4 doubles and 4 homers. He will be back up in Flushing this season and vying to earn a spot in 2013.
Say What You Will But, Chris Schwinden – Has pitched beautifully for the Mets since returning to Buffalo. He tossed a 6 inning game where he scattered 8 hits and didn’t give up a run on the 4th.
I Would Recommend The Soup, Eric Campbell – Has been everything that Wilmer Flores, Jefry Marte and Reese Havens have not (This season in AA) CONSISTENT. Campbell has been steady and his .879 OPS suggests he might play as a MLB bench player.
Waiting For Lefty, Adam Kolarek – He’s had three innings in AA and thus far… pretty sweet. He’s got 6 Ks with only 1 BB and 2 hits. He still profiles as a LOOGY, but that’s fine.
A+, Port St. Lucie:
When Do We Get Excited About, T.J. Rivera – He had a .882 OPS in Savannah before his promotion to Florida and now has a .750 OPS in the FSL. In the last 10 games he’s managed a superior .923 OPS and he should be in Binghamton for 2013.
When Does He Hit Reality, Tyler Pill – Pill is NOT supposed to be this good. Sure he’s got control and can pitch his way through games but he’s destroying the FSL after destroying the SAL in the same year. WOW!
The Wonders Of Patient Hitters, Camden Maron – He might not be tearing the cover off the ball with every hit, but he’s getting hits and getting on base by walking. When you do that you manage to still have excellent numbers.
All Things Considered, Domingo Tapia – He pitched 7.1 innings and gave up only 3 hits and 0 walks with 5 strikeouts. So the 3 Runs (2 Earned) don’t bother me too much.
Ummm… Really?, Alex Panteliodis – He’s got 26 Ks over his last three starts. Pants is not supposed to be a strikeout pitcher.
Speaking Of, Rainy Lara – His most recent outing, 7 inings, 3 hits, 1 run, 0 BBs and 10 Ks… that’s pretty awesome.
On His Way, Tomas Nido – Camden Maron is still the Mets #1 catching prospect but Nido is establishing his stock fairly well in Kingsport.
Banging The Drum For, Vicente Lupo – You want to be excited about 2015 and beyond? Vicente Lupo has been good at just about everything this season. He’ll be in Brooklyn or higher for 2013.