If you look at the 2016 stats of Brandon Nimmo, you’ll probably nod and file it as some PCL inflation. The thing that might catch you off guard is the fact that Nimmo is suddenly looking a lot more like a budding star than he ever has before.
Think that’s crazy?
- Season – .330/.405/.530
- April – .260/.333/.315
- May – .326/.421/.565
- June – .486/.513/.886
Now, Nimmo is obviously benefiting from a strong start to June but his OPS trend seems to carry some weight. The center fielder who was signed as a first round pick for the Mets in 2011, who didn’t play high school ball (because he comes from Wyoming) and who was all promise and projection is one of the more maligned picks of the Sandy Alderson’s tenure.
At no level, prior to 2016 did Nimmo truly shine. As we began the 2016 season, some Met fans had dropped him from their Top 10 prospects entirely. Should there be anything behind the post April surge of Nimmo, this could add some options to the Mets, who are still desperate to add some offense.
Nimmo is a capable defender and currently manages center field for Las Vegas. While his defense is not on par with Juan Lagares he’s considered a solid defender. His offensive game is a little harder to peg. He’s got good contact and patience but has never shown tremendous speed or power.
If his power surge of recent games is an indicator and not an outlier, then we can start dreaming about adding another home-grown bat to join Michael Conforto.
AAA: Las Vegas 51’s
T.J. Rivera shouldn’t be here – He deserves to be on the bench for the major league club.
Gavin Cecchini is ready – He looks like he has taken the step between prospect and major league shortstop.
Dilson Herrera is heating up – He’s hitting well lately but also striking out too much.
Why isn’t Josh Edgin in the majors? – Edgin is ready to resume his role in the backend of the Mets bullpen but now the Mets have too many lefties.
AA: Binghamton Mets
Dominic Smith levels off – He was slumping badly but seems to have at least gotten his feet back under himself.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
Amed Rosario is just waiting – He has nothing left to prove in Port St. Lucie. He’s looking very good!
Chris Flexen showing life – None of the Met pitching prospects have been great but Flexen has been looking very good over his last two starts.
Andrew Church gets blown up – He was doing very well in Columbia but got a promotion and did very poorly in his debut.
A: Columbia Fireflies
David Thompson needs to strike out less – He’s got talent but swings and misses too often.
P.J. Conlon stays on target – He’s looking like one of the names to watch moving forward.