Brandon Nimmo, the highest draft pick ever to come out of Wyoming seems to have finally found his grove this season. Picked 13th overall in 2011, Nimmo was highly touted for his natural athleticism in legion games as a teenager. He actually never played high school ball because Wyoming is one of three states with populations so low not to merit investment in scholastic baseball. So it makes sense that some may have considered it a stretch for the Mets to draft him out of high school, but it seems that Nimmo will fill out to become what he was projected.
Though Nimmo is 6’3’’ it doesn’t look like he will put up huge power numbers. I would like to project around 15 home runs a year as he mostly uses a line drive approach at the plate. Anything more than that would be a bonus from a great defensive center fielder. Seeing that there is still a little more room to grow, you could see him put more out.
Recently, Nimmo’s approach at the plate and pitch selection has been outstanding. Almost having more walks then strikeouts this year lead him to a high on base percentage and if not the best then definitely in the top 3 for minor leaguers plate approach. Quick hands help Nimmo spray line drives all over the field and cover the entire plate. He should be able to hit at least .280 to .290, but doesn’t look to be a middle of the lineup type of guy.
Speed will be one of Nimmo’s greatest assets as he can really fly, not only in the outfield but on the bases. Expect 15-20 stolen bases a year, with the potential for speed to grow as he adjusts.
Nimmo’s tools 20-80 scout scale
It looks as though he will stick in center, since he shows plus-fielding and covers a large area thanks to his speed. His arm is about average and probably will not get any better than it already is.
The only knock on Nimmo is how long it will take him to develop to a major-league-ready player. He spends has an entire year at each level and has only made it as far as Double A. Nimmo has consistently shown growth at each level, showing that he can adjust to different levels of the game. Where he fits with the Mets remains a question, as they already have a solid center fielder in Juan Lagares, and have a few outfield prospects that will reach the majors faster than Nimmo. But there is something to be said when you can draft and develop an average everyday centerfielder. Wherever he ends up he is a going to be a great complementary piece, to a contending team.