Mar 18, 2017

Mets Outfielder: Brandon Nimmo (2016-2017)

Brandon Nimmo was born March 27th, 1993 in Cheyenne Wyoming. The six foot three left hand hitting outfielder, was the first draft pick of Sandy Alderson's as General Manager of the New York Mets.

He is also the highest player ever drafted out of the state of Wyoming, as the Mets number one pick (13th overall) in 2011. He was certainly a gamble since his high school didn't even have a baseball team.

He spent 2011 with the Gulf Coast Mets & Kingsport Mets. In 2012 he was playing with the Brooklyn Cyclones leading the team with 40 RBIs & second to Kevin Plawecki with 6 HRs, while hitting .248.

That year he had a big six RBI game topped off by his second grand slam of the year. He was the only player in the NY Penn. League to hit two grand slams that season.

Nimmo was known more of an RBI man with power as opposed to a  hitter who hits for average. He spent 2013 batting .279 at A ball Savannah, where struck out 131 times in 395 at bats, he was selected to that years All Star Futures Game held at Citi Field.

He started out 2014 with the St. Lucie Mets batting a career best .322 in 62 games. He then moved up to AA Binghamton where he hit 6 HRs with 26 RBIs in 65 games.

After a short four games at St. Lucie in 2015 he was back at AA Binghamton where he suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss some time. In 68 games he hit well at .279 with 2 HRs & 16 RBIs. 

He was soon promoted to the AAA Las Vegas 51s where he was named the teams starting center fielder. Another injury where he fouled a ball off his nose slowed up his progress, in 32 games he hit 3 HRs with 3 doubles 8 RBIs while batting .264.

The Mets added him to their club after the season, protecting him from the Rule V draft. In January he tore a tendon & had to wear a protective boot which came off in late February.

Quotes: Brandon Nimmo " It wasn't one specific movement, I went, worked out, did the conditioning movements, weightlifting and even hit. Went and ate lunch, was fine. Went and sat on the couch for an hour, and got up and felt like my foot had been broken. It just came on very acutely. Tried to let it rest for a week but then it was still bothering me."

"I definitely came into this season wanting to try to help make an impact for this team, especially watching it all unfold from home this past offseason for me, but during the playoffs for them. It looked like something special. It's a special group of guys that we have now and something that I definitely want to be a part of. I just want to help the team do the best that they can and hopefully win a World Series."

Nimmo started the 2016 season at AAA Las Vegas, in 63 games he batted .328 with 16 doubles 7 triples 5 HRs with 26 RBIs & a .409 on base % in 63 games. On June 25th he was called up to the major leagues as the Mets sent Michael Conforto down to AAA Las Vegas in order to work out things out.

When Las Vegas manager Wally Backman called Nimmo in to his office he told him he was pleased with his play & development. The bad news was there was no room for him on the team charter from Reno to Las Vegas & he would need to take a separate flight. The good natured kid said ok & started walking away when Backman told him, that that flight was going to Atlanta.

Quotes: Brandon Nimmo: “It took a long time for it to set in. I was in shock. I didn’t really know how to feel because it’s something I’ve been working for a long time, something I always prayed about, something I always dreamed about. It seemed like something I was always reaching for, and to finally be here, it’s something I’m no longer reaching for. It’s a childhood dream that has come to fruition. It’s hard to put into words.”

Nimmo made his MLB debut on June 25th, starting in right field & batting 7th, going 0-4 in the Mets 5-2 loss at Atlanta.

The next day he got his first two career hits, coming off The Nats Joe Ross in Washington, in another Mets loss. Nimmo would start off his career with a hot streak, hitting safely in eight of the next ten games he appeared in.

On July 1st he hit his first career HR,coming against the Chicago Cubs, where the Citi Field fans demanded a curtain call from the youngster. It was also his first multi RBI game.

His average would peak at .280 before falling off & he would drive in runs in just two more games. He was sent back down to AAA Vegas from August 5th but returned as a September call up, when Juan Lagares went down with a torn thumb. Nimmo contributed to the Mets Wild Card run going 4-9 as a pinch hitter & scoring four runs in the month.

In 32 games he batted .274 with one HR, a double, 12 runs scored & six RBIs with a .338 on base %.

In the off season he appeared at Citi Field for the Mets annual Christmas drive with Jose Reyes & Santa Claud; Noah Syndergaard- aka. Synder Claus.  

WBC: Nimmo was chosen to play centerfield for Team Italy in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

In an exciting first round win over Mexico, where the Italian team scored five runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, Nimmo drove in a run with a 9th inning base hit off former Met Oliver Perez. With the bases loaded, John Andreoli singled home the walk off runs, as an excited Nimmo rounded the bases.

In the Saturday game against Velnzuela, Nimmo hit a HR, but then later was removed from the game where he had suffered a hamstring injury chasing down a triple in the outfield. Nimmo is expected to miss a few weeks of action to start the regular season.

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