The Mets drafted Brandon Nimmo is the 1st round (13th overall) in the 2011 draft. Nimmo had not played a lot of baseball because he’d grown up in Wyoming, but he’d shown a ton of promise in his small showcase. The issue? Some scouts saw Nimmo developing into a powerful corner outfielder and others saw a future leadoff hitting centerfielder. The verdict is not yet in, but he’s finally displaying significant promise in one of the key areas we’d been waiting for.
In 2011, 2012 and 2013 combined, Nimmo only managed 11 measly stolen bases. His power numbers were also not off the charts, but he was hitting enough to keep us watching.
In his last 10 games alone, Nimmo has managed 5 stolen bases and walked 14 times. He’s got a healthy OBP of .514 supported by his 24 walks and .379 batting average. He’s off to a great start in general, but it is fantastic to see him developing a feel for stealing bases.
Not for nothing, but he’s slugging .483 and the courts are still out on how he will develop. I think we might be seeing Nimmo’s first appearance in BA’s Top 100 in the coming year.
Andrew Brown making most of his demotion – In his first 4 AA games he has 2 doubles and 2 homers. That’s not too shabby.
Jacob deGrom still pitching strong – He’s still the best statistical pitcher in Las Vegas, although his numbers are getting less sparkly.
Vic Black is finding his pitch – He’s got a role of a couple solid outings now and he’ll hopefully be back up in the majors soon.
Darrell Cecliani still showing flaws – He’s hitting .339 and has stolen some bases but he’s struck out 12 times in 13 games. He cannot do that if he’s to regain his prospect value.
Travis Taijeron is getting it done – Sure, he’s only hitting .237 but he has an OPS of .830 thanks to a healthy combination of walks and power.
Steven Matz looks really good – His ERA is 1.52, he’s struck out 23 in 23.2 innings and he’s only walked four.
Jeff McNeil might be something special – In only 22 games he has 9 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 7 stolen bases, 9 walks and 11 strikeouts. That looks pretty good to me.
Akeel Morris update – 6 games played, 13.2 innings pitched… wow. 0.00 ERA, 3 hits, 8 walks and 22 strikeouts.