When Brandon Nimmo was promoted from Single-A St. Lucie to AA Binghamton nearly one month ago, the former first-round pick was tearing the cover off the ball, batting .322 with 73 hits through the first 62 games of his season. Since, the 21-year old hasn't been able to find that same success, hitting just .198 (21-for-106) over his first 30 Eastern League games.
The thirteenth overall pick by New York in 2011, Nimmo has taken the tour of the Mets farm system, also making stops at Kingsport (Rookie), Brooklyn (Short-A), Savannah (A) since debuting as an eighteen-year old that same year. Overall, he's had some offensive success, holding a career minor league average of .267 with 19 homers, 124 RBI and 22 stolen bases. It hasn't come without it's ups and downs and the numbers could be even more impressive had he not suffered a pair of injuries in 2012 that derailed a hot start for the Sand Gnats, dropping a once plus-.400 average to .273 by season's end.
He rediscovered that stroke this year in St. Lucie and looked to be setting himself apart from the recent crop of defensively minded center field candidates, such as Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker and Juan Lagares, who have all had their opportunities patrolling the caverns at Citi Field, with Lagares the only one with any kind of consistent offensive effort to back up his glove. A different breed than the others, Nimmo measures 6' 3", 205 pounds and will be looked upon to contribute more offensively for the big club should he find his way to New York.
It helps that he's on a ballclub that's winning, so his struggles are minimized with the B-Mets currently sitting second in their division with a 61-42 record, although they're just 6-4 in their last ten. If he plans to be calling Las Vegas home by opening day 2015 however, there's a lot of progress to be made.
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