Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with number seven and work all the way to number one. This week will mark our final Seven in Seven series of the winter, and we will take a look at the seven best prospects in the Mets farm system. We will continue our countdown with the fourth best prospect in the Met farm system, outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
4. OF Brandon Nimmo
Acquired: 13th Overall Pick in 2011 Major League Baseball Entry Draft
History: Brandon Nimmo is an intriguing figure in the Mets' farm system. Nimmo was the first player selected in the draft under the regime of General Manager Sandy Alderson and his top lieutenants, Paul Depodesta and J.P. Ricciardi. Nimmo came out of high school as an extremely talented player but one who was considered to be raw due to his background. Nimmo is a Wyoming native and his high school did not sponsor baseball, making his opportunities to play against high level competition rare. Nimmo did show the potential to be a five tool outfielder, so the Mets decided to take on a risk with him for a chance at a very high reward.
After spending some time with rookie league affiliates in 2011, Nimmo spent the 2012 campaign with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Nimmo began to develop rapidly towards the end of the season, showing more patience at the plate and showing some power to go along with it. Nimmo hit .248 on the year for the Cyclones with six home runs and 48 RBI's, but his .372 on base percentage was particularly impressive. While the six home runs may not speak to much in terms of power, Nimmo did swat 20 doubles as well, a sign his power potential will only grow as he progresses through the farm system.
Pros: Potential Five Tool Player, Good Speed, Good Plate Discipline, Solid Defender
Cons: Profiles Better in Outfield Corners Due to Lack of Defensive Instincts, Average Arm, Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts and Improve Batting Average, Develop More Power
Major League ETA: 2015
While it may seem like there are a lot of cons for Nimmo right now, it is important to remember that he is a very raw 19 year old baseball player. Nimmo is actually performing very well considering he did not get to play baseball in high school, instead only playing for American Legion teams. Nimmo has the potential to develop into a solid major league outfielder, but that time is a ways away. Expect Nimmo to start the 2013 campaign at High-A Port St. Lucie, and if he can pass that challenge he could make a cameo appearance at Double-A Binghamton by the end of the season.
Check back tomorrow as we reveal the third best prospect in the Mets farm system!