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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. - With Sandy Alderson set to report to the GM meetings on Monday morning, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams, and see if he can lay the groundwork for trades. But Mets people know that they will have to get creative in order to actually pull off an impactful deal -- the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy.

As detailed in yesterday's column, the Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder/first baseman, and possibly a back-end starter. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the high-end trading chips of years gone by (and even then, Alderson tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told that the team is highly reluctant to move most of them. The loss of so many starting pitchers to injury last year spooked the front office, providing yet another reminder that no amount of rotation depth is adequate.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Moore, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Nimmo's solo homer off Scherzer 00:00:48
Brandon Nimmo takes Washington's Max Scherzer deep for a solo home run in the first inning.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run Sunday against two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. The ball landed in the second deck at Citi Field.

Nimmo, who was not known for his power in the minor leagues, told reporters Sunday that he's not surprised to see himself hitting home runs in the big leagues.

"I can definitely hit home runs," said Nimmo, who has been working with the coaching staff to simplify his swing. "I think when I find the barrel more often, you're going to see that happen more."

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Nimmo's solo homer off Scherzer 00:00:48
Brandon Nimmo takes Washington's Max Scherzer deep for a solo home run in the first inning.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run Sunday against two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. The ball landed in the second deck at Citi Field.

Nimmo, who was not known for his power in the minor leagues, told reporters Sunday that he's not surprised to see himself hitting home runs in the big leagues.

"I can definitely hit home runs," said Nimmo, who has been working with the coaching staff to simplify his swing. "I think when I find the barrel more often, you're going to see that happen more."

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Nimmo's solo homer 00:00:41
Brandon Nimmo pulls a fly ball just fair of the right field foul pole and over the wall for a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

In his last 16 games, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is hitting .308 with a .433 OBP, 12 walks, three home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored.

"I take a lot of pride in my whole game," Nimmo said after Wednesday's loss, during which he hit a solo home run. "A part of my game is getting on base. I feel like I command the zone pretty well … and I am proud of that."

Nimmo has swung at 16.5 percent of pitches thrown to him outside of the strike zone, which is the fifth-best percentage in baseball. He ranks eighth best on pitches thrown in the strike zone...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:05
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-2 loss to the Marlins in Miami.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Rafael Montero allowed five runs in four innings to suffer his second straight loss after winning three straight. The right-hander surrendered seven hits, two walks and struck out two. 

2) Erik Goeddel retired one batter in the eighth and allowed three home runs, including Giancarlo Stanton's Major League-leading 56th. Justin Bour went deep for the second straight night off Montero in the third.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
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Nimmo's second homer of night 00:00:54
Brandon Nimmo smacks a two-run home run to deep center field, his second of the game.

Batting cleanup for just the second time in his career, Brandon Nimmo looked the part last night, slugging two home runs and a double. But, while this unexpected power surge might not last forever, he is showing a steady glove and, most notably, legitimately elite plate discipline...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Maggie Wiggin
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:29
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Brandon Nimmo recorded the first multi-home run game of his career and drove in three runs. He also doubled, walked and scored three times.

2) Jose Reyes gave New York the lead with a two-run run single in the fourth. Juan Lagares and Nimmo went back-to-back in the fifth while Dominic Smith added an RBI single. Asdrubal Cabrera had a home run taken away on an umpire review but finished with a double and a single, his third straight multi-hit effort.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Matt Harvey
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Breaking down Nimmo at the plate 00:02:13
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa look at Brandon Nimmo's recent plate appearances and what he can do to improve his at bats.

Sandy Alderson told reporters Tuesday that he'll need to know more about Michael Conforto's recovery from shoulder surgery before determining whether to acquire another outfielder this winter.

"I think that's to be determined," Alderson said, after announcing Conforto will have the torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder repaired Wednesday. "We'll know more in about a month or so with respect to Conforto's timetable, and I think we'll know more about Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/4 00:03:05
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 11-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) The Mets opened up a 10-0 lead, capped by a six-run fourth inning which included home runs from Jose Reyes and Asdrubal CabreraGavin Cecchini added a two-run single while Brandon Nimmo and Reyes each had RBI singles in the frame. Juan Lagares opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the second. Nori Aoki had an RBI groundout and Nimmo added a second RBI single in the sixth.

2) Nimmo matched a career high with three hits and also walked for the sixth time in three games. Reyes walked twice in addition to his 10th homer and RBI single. Lagares and Plawecki each had two hits

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Jose Reyes will make his first-ever start in left field on Tuesday night when the Mets play the Reds in Cincinnati.

Juan Lagares is starting in center field with Brandon Nimmo in right field.

Reyes, who played one inning in center field earlier this year, has started 60 games at shortstop, 31 games at third base, and seven games at second base this season.

The Mets recently lost outfielders Michael Conforto (shoulder) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) for the season. They traded outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson earlier this month.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Gelbs on Nimmo's approach 00:02:06
On Citi Pre Game Live, Steve Gelbs talks about Brandon Nimmo's approach at the plate that has led to a .406 OBP over his last ten games.

There's a youth movement afoot in Queens. The mass exodus of pending free agent veterans has left holes all over the field, and young players are jumping at the chance -- for some perhaps their last -- to prove their worth to a team in transition. While none have the pedigree of Amed Rosario or Dominic Smith, some former early-round draft picks are going to become familiar faces over the next 5 weeks.

Selected in the first round of the 2011 Draft as a raw center fielder with a good eye at the plate, Brandon Nimmo had the misfortune of being yet another lefty outfielder on a team overflowing with them. The departures of Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have left the door wide open, though, and he should get a long look as a potential fourth outfielder for 2018.

While Nimmo has shown little power in his professional career, his 13.6 percent walk rate in the minors shows he has the potential to get on base at an elite rate. Early indicators suggest this approach is translating at the major league level, though the hit tool needs to continue to develop in order to justify the lack of power and vulnerability to strikeouts...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, Matt Reynolds, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Leading 3-2 in the sixth, Hansel Robles allowed a single and then walked three consecutive batters to force in the tying run. Chasen Bradford entered the game and pushed across the go-ahead marker with New York's fourth straight free pass.

2) Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Juan Lagares stroked an RBI double and Brandon Nimmo went deep for his first home run of the season to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the ninth while Lagares and Nimmo had two hits apiece for New York.

3) Seth Lugo returned from the disabled list and tossed three scoreless frames before faltering in the fourth. He was lifted after 70 pitches and was charged with two runs on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Hansel Robles, Seth Lugo
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Many of the Mets' youngest players played key roles at the plate, on the field, and on the mound in the team's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Michael Conforto had two RBI singles to lead the offense, while Dominic Smith hit his third home run and Amed Rosario had two hits and an RBI. Brandon Nimmo hit a double and reached base four times. On the mound, Chris Flexen pitched six innings for the first time in his career and earned his third win of the season. 

"It's fun for me because I played with these guys coming up," Conforto said after the game. "It's cool that now they're here with me. I think right now they're in the part where they're just getting their feet wet... I think they're doing a great job so far and when the time comes I'll give them some knowledge if need be."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

With Jay Bruce traded to the Cleveland Indians and Curtis Granderson set to be a free agent at season's end, that allows the Mets to move Michael Conforto to right field in 2018.

So where do team officials turn for a center fielder next season? After all, a platoon of Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares in that position (with Yoenis Cespedes and Conforto in the corners) really does not seem like the best-case scenario.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Gelbs on Rosario, Reed trade 00:04:46
Steve Gelbs breaks down the Mets' moves at the trade deadline, including sending Addison Reed to Boston for prospects.

The Mets did not trade infielder Asdrubal Cabrera or outfielders Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson prior to Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline.

"We really did not come close to moving any of those players," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on a conference call.

Although the Mets did not trade Cabrera to clear room in the infield, the Mets will call up 21-year-old shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, who is hitting .328 with a .367 OBP and .466 SLG with seven home runs, 19 doubles, seven triples, 66 runs scored, 58 RBIs and 19 stolen bases for Triple-A Las Vegas, on Tuesday.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Danny Abriano
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Playing out the string while largely out of contention is not proving to be dull for the Mets.

On a whirlwind Friday, the Mets placed T.J. Rivera on the DL with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow that ideally will calm without the need for Tommy John surgery, activated Neil Walker and Brandon Nimmo from the disabled list, defeated the Mariners 7-5 behind two homers from Michael Conforto in his return to his native Seattle, and acquired reliever A.J. Ramos from the Marlins with an eye toward reconstructing their bullpen for 2018.

And, soon, top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith should be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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The Mets activated OF Brandon Nimmo from the disabled list on Friday and optioned RHP Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced.

Nimmo, who is hitting .350 with a .458 OBP and .400 SLG in 15 games for the Mets this season, has been on the DL since July 8 due to a collapsed lung.

Pill, who was called up earlier this week, has a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 16 strikeouts in 22.0 innings (three starts, four relief appearances) for the Mets this season, during what is his rookie campaign.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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 (AP)
(AP)

INF Neil Walker and OF Brandon Nimmo, but not Triple-A Las Vegas 1B Dominic Smith, are expected to join the Mets on Friday for the start of their series against the Mariners in Seattle, according to SNY contributor Adam Rubin.

The Mets traded 1B Lucas Duda to the Rays on Thursday night for reliever Drew Smith, with Jay Bruce getting the start at first base against the Padres.

Dominic Smith, 22, is hitting .337 with a .390 OBP and .524 SLG with 15 HR, 30 doubles, and 68 RBI in 102 games this season for Las Vegas.

The Mets likely want to showcase Bruce and OF Curtis Granderson between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, meaning a callup of Dominic Smith will likely have to wait.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hits against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hits against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and played seven innings in center field in the first game of his rehab assignment from a partially collapsed lung.

Nimmo, who last played in a game July 4, was cleared last week to take batting practice. He was hospitalized and underwent X-rays during New York's road trip to St. Louis after he complained about how he felt.

He said earlier this month he wasn't sure what caused the partially collapsed lung.

Nimmo was hitting .350 with no home runs and two RBIs in 15 games with the Mets this season. In the minors, he was hitting .223 with four home runs and 20 RBIs.

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Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP David Peterson, the team's first-round pick in the 2017 draft, was ranked New York's No. 3 prospect in Baseball America's midseason top 10 and in MLB.com's midseason prospect rankings.

Shortstop Amed Rosario, who was ranked MLB.com's No. 2 overall prospect and Baseball America's No. 4 overall prospect, was ranked the organization's top prospect by both outlets.

First baseman Dominic Smith was ranked the No. 2 prospect by both outlets, the No. 41 overall by MLB.com and No. 49 overall by Baseball America. RHP Justin Dunn was ranked fourth in the organization (No. 100 overall by Baseball America).

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Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters tags out New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo at home plate in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters tags out New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo at home plate in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

An X-ray on Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo's partially collapsed lung revealed less air in his chest cavity, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.

Nimmo, who went on the disabled list Saturday afternoon, complained about how he felt following New York's series in St. Louis and went to the hospital for further evaluations. He told reporters on Saturday he didn't know exactly what caused the partially collapsed lung.

"To be honest, there is no real cause," manager Terry Collins said, according to NJ.com's Abbey Mastracco. "It just happens. The doctors said there are certain athletes where once in a while, it just happens. It's not caused by anything except it just pops up once in a while." 

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Walker, Collins on walk-off win 00:06:01
Mets second baseman Neil Walker and manager Terry Collins break down the Mets' 4-3 win after Walker's walk-off single in the ninth.

Tonight at Citi Field, Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78 ERA) will oppose Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 5.03 ERA) at 7:10 p.m in the second game of a three-game series between the Mets and Giants.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, San Francisco Giants
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Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets will try to get back on track Friday as they open a three-game series with the Washington Nationals in D.C. at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA) will face off Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.95 ERA) for the second consecutive outing. DeGrom walked six batters against Washington on Sunday, but also struck out 10 batters. Scherzer gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings against the Mets on Sunday.

The Mets will be without Yoenis Cespedes, who left Thursday's game with a hamstring strain and is scheduled to have an MRI. Manager Terry Collins said he expects Cespedes to land on the disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Harvey and the New York Mets will face Jordan Zimmerman and the Detroit Tigers on Monday at Joker Marchant Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo connects for a base hit against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo connects for a base hit against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo strained his right hamstring playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. He is currently on his way back to Port St. Lucie where he will be re-evaluated.

Nimmo will be out a few weeks with what is diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain, Italy manager Marco Mazzieri told the James Wagner of the New York Times

Nimmo, 23, was drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft.

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The future of Major League Baseball was on display at Great American Ballpark on Sunday afternoon, and the future is bright, especially for the Mets. Outfield prospects?Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto scored and saved runs during Team USA's?10-1 win over Team World.

Conforto was 2-for-2 and had a spectacular throw from left field in the top of the third, which kept Team World's Ketel Marte from scoring. Nimmo went?1-for-2 with an RBI.

Tags: arbattif, avsny, Brandon Nimmo, futures game, lizzynielsen, Mets, MetsBlog, michael conforto
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After going 4-for-4 with a double, and a home run last night, Brandon Nimmo is hitting .407/.530/.549 in 24 games in the Florida State League.

As he told MiLB.com about his big night, Monday:

"I felt good up at the plate, just swinging and having fun and happened to get into a few balls. It's just one of those nights you look back and think, thank God for that one. I'm kind of going through it all, and at the end of the night, I thought, 'That was a pretty dang good night.'"
He has five doubles, a triple and two homers to go along with 24 walks against 20 strikeouts. The two home runs?already equal his season output from 2013 in Savannah, and his five doubles are over 30 percent of his way to last year's total of 16.

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Q: Scott writes:

Toby, did Akeel Morris really strike out ALL NINE batters he faced in 3 innings of work the other night? ?Can you make even a brief post on what you saw and how he managed to do that? ?Thanks.

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5?

Batting second, and playing CF, Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout.

TJ Rivera's fifth inning grand slam snapped a 2-2 tie and put St. Lucie ahead for good. The 25-year-old Rivera played his first professional game at first base in this one, while going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI. This will be the third separate season Rivera has played at St. Lucie after earning a promotion from Savannah in 2012. I thought coming into this year, that Rivera had a chance to break spring training as a backup middle infielder in AA, but the BMets are only carrying two middle infielders: Wilfredo Tovar and Matt Reynolds. Rivera is probably a more productive hitter in advanced-A than Cole Frenzel or the recently released Chris Garcia.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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- MiLB.com did a Prospect Primer for every team to get fans ready for Opening Day. They focused on three players:

Shining Star - Syndergaard

Breakout Prospect - CF Brandon Nimmo

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Most of the attention following Monday's Spring Training game was focused on Zack Wheeler's 2014 Spring debut and Curtis Granderson's two homeruns. That's sensible, if the Mets are going to be good in 2014, they'll need big seasons from both of those two. How about the prospects that are unlikely to make the 2014 Opening Day roster, but could help the team at some point in the future?

- Brandon Nimmo looks terrific. He added 10 pounds of muscle for the second straight season, but said that in doing so, he has maintained his speed.

Monday, he ripped an RBI single to right on a hanging breaking ball.

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Rob Brender sat down with Brandon Nimmo, and Jon Mayo of MLB.com to discuss Brandon Nimmo. He learned that Nimmo is a great interview.

Nimmo has really filled out nicely after putting on about 10 pounds of muscle each of the last two off-seasons.

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This morning we will finish up our look at the Mets' position player prospects with center field, that glamour position.

In 2013, by wRC+, a measure of offense only, the Mets' centerfield production was last in the Major League at 68. Juan Lagares played such superlative defense, that he moved the unit's total contribution up to 2.3 fWAR, 21st in baseball. Lagares after all, hit .242/.281/.352 but was worth a million runs (note: 28 by BIS defensive runs saved over average, 21.5 by UZR and 2 by Total Runs) in center field. Most remarkably, he did that in under a full season. Also, defensive numbers in under a full season should be treated with fairly major error bars.

In previous entries, I examined corner outfielders,?third base,?shortstops,??catcher,?first base?and?second base.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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It didn't sound like much. It was just a bruise. He could play through it. Then it was only supposed to keep him out for a week or so. And yet, a bruised left hand and thumb, which ultimately kept him off the field for a month, has provided the narrative shape for Brandon Nimmo's 2013 season.

Nimmo, the Mets' first round pick in the 2011 draft, was a consensus Top 10 prospect in the Mets system entering 2013. Baseball America placed him #3, Baseball Prospectus #9, MLB.com #4, John Sickels #8 and he was #5 right here.

The TimelineThe 20-year-old began the year on a tear, hitting .424/.513/.576 through the season's first 17 games in Historic Grayson Stadium, a tough stadium on hitters in general and downright hostile to left-handed power. Then, in Lakewood April 20th or 21st, he bruised his hand.

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A: Savannah Sand Gnats 5, Kannapolis Intimidators (CHW) 2?

The Gnats put up a five-spot in the top of the seventh in a rally started by a couple of walks from guys at the bottom of the order. Batting with the bases loaded, CF Brandon Nimmo then singled into left field to drive home two runs to give the Gnats a 2-1 lead at the time. Nimmo was 3-for-5 with a run scored of his own and a strikeout. A ridiculous August (.393/.543/.508 in 19 games with 18 BB and 18 K) has lifted the 20-year-old's his overall line to .282/.401/.374 with 22 extra-base hits, 61 walks, and 118 strikeouts in 95 games.

Gabriel Ynoa was good enough: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. After a slight rough patch at the end of July, Ynoa (pictured) has bounced back to finish well, going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last four starts with 16 strikeouts against just one walk in his last 26 innings while holding opponents to a .200/.209/.278 batting line. His velocity has moved around a little bit this year, but while sitting 90-92 in his last start in Savannah, a scout told me he saw three major league pitches in Ynoa's fastball, changeup and slider. Just 20 years old, Ynoa the strike-throwing Ynoa, who has walked just 14 batters all year, a rate of 2.7%, is working towards a reasonable shot at a Major League rotation future.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 3, Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 2?

Closer Jeff Walters walked in a run in the top of the ninth to blow his fourth save of the year, but C Blake Forsythe picked him up with a game winning homerun in the bottom of the tenth.

It was the 10th homerun of the year for the 24-year-old catcher and his third in his last four games. In 80 games this year, Forsythe has hit .197/.276/.376 with 28 extra-base hits, 29 walks and 91 strikeouts. He has more extra-base hits (28) than singles (27).

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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Sunday:Savannah 2 @ Augusta GreenJackets 1 (7 innings)@ Augusta GreenJackets 7, Savannah Sand Gnats 6 (7 innings)

The Gnats and GreenJackets were rained out of a doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday nights, but settled for two games on Sunday. They'll try for two again on Monday with 60% chances of rain every hour beginning at 4 pm.

When they actually played baseball on Sunday, Brandon Nimmo continued his very strong August: he was 1-for-4 with an RBI single in game one with a pair of strikeouts and a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBI (and no strikeouts) in game two. His 3-for-6 day raised his August line to .358/.514/.491 with 15 BB and 16 K in 16 games. His .358 batting average in August is his highest in any month this year. Moreover, his secondary skills are his best as well, with his close to 1:1 K/BB ratio, his lower strikeout rate, and .133 isolated slugging percentage, which would be his best in any month in 2013. Overall, his .760 OPS is the highest it has been since June 24th.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Savannah Sand Gnats, Steve Matz, Toby Hyde
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A+:?@ St. Lucie Mets 4, Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 3?

Better from Domingo Tapia: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.

Tapia is one of the most confounding prospects in the Mets' system. He has one of the best fastballs in the system, showing 95-96 mph with sink regularly with plenty of 98 and a few 100s mixed in. His changeup, when it's right, dives like a splitter out of the zone. ?He's struggled in years past to find a release point for his slider as it used to come out loopy from his low 3/4 arm slot and he basically stopped throwing it at the end of the 2012 season in Savannah.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Domingo Tapia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Reading Fightin' Phils 7, Binghamton Mets 6?

For the second time this year, the B-Mets lost a game on a walk-off wild pitch. This time the offender was Jeff Walters who blew his first save in 21 attempts, dating back to June 6. A recent scout's pithy report on Walters, "He has a chance. Nice sinker." Walters (pictured) has run a 3.9 K/BB ratio in AA (51 K/13 BB) with over a strikeout an inning (49 innings). He's a fastball slider guy, who with a fastball in the low-mid 90s, certainly profiles as a middle reliever. Walters, like deGrom, who I wrote about in AAA today, seem like extremely strong bets to be added to the Mets' 40-man roster this off-season.

LF Cory Vaughn was 2-for-5. He's bopping along at .379/.406/.724 with a double, three homers, one walk and six whiffs in eight games since his return to AA at the beginning of August. He had six homers in his first 46 games in AA this year before this run. It's interesting too that Vaughn is playing left while Travis Taijeron plays right for the B-Mets.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5, St. Lucie Mets 3?

Kevin Plawecki just keeps on hitting. After going 2-for-4 with two RBI he's up to .321/.424/.410 in 40 games in Advanced-A with nine doubles, a homerun, 14 walks and 15 strikeouts. The batting average and on-base percentage are great, but note that Plawecki has hit for significantly less power in the FSL than the SAL as his isolated slugging percentage has dropped from .180 to .089. Whether that's fatigue, or adjusting to a new level, or just a hint of the kind of hitter Plawecki will be a the higher levels, it's something to watch for the duration of this year and to begin 2014. Again, MLB catchers as a group are hitting .248/.312/.388, with a .140 isolated slugging.

Matt Bowman, eh: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 8, St. Lucie Mets 6?

Oh, Domingo Tapia: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. That's three times in his last four starts he has not finished the second inning. In those four outings, he's fanned eight and walked 14 in 9.2 innings while allowing 16 runs on 13 hits. That's not good. As long as he's fully healthy there's just no reason to think, based on his season-long performance (5.00 ERA, 73/49 K/BB in 81 IP), and his recent work, that he's ever going to be a Major League starter. Instead, he should be ticketed for the AA bullpen to start 2014.

C Kevin Plawecki and DH Jayce Boyd were each 0-for-3 with a walk.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Domingo Tapia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A - @ Savannah Sand Gnats 6, Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) 0

There were two stars in this one for the Gnats: RHP Luis Cessa and CF Brandon Nimmo.

Cessa's line: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K. He was every bit as good as that pitching line suggests. He did not allow a runner to second until the seventh inning. He ran four three-ball counts. He mostly worked off his fastball and changeup although he few a few solid breaking balls down in the zone. In recent outings, he had been sitting 92-93 and touching higher. I will confirm that he was working in that range on Monday. He threw his fastball up, he threw it down. He threw it in, he threw it out. Then he threw a few changups that had RiverDogs' hitters looking silly. He got a couple strikeouts with guys swinging over top of his curveball. Cessa, a former infielder who didn't hit much, converted to pitching for the 2011 season and is a lock to move up this off-season's rankings from his spot at #42 this past winter.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Luis Cessa, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 5, @ Daytona Cubs 3 (7 innings)@ Daytona Cubs 7, St. Lucie Mets 0?(7 innings)

Game 1, Rainy Lara was fine: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He's fanned 18% of his opponents in advanced-A, while walking 7% on his way to a 2.92 ERA. He gets his outs with his slider and has a chance to be a slider heavy middle reliever if he can tighten the pitch.

Game 2, Domingo Tapia was wild: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K. It's the third time in 17 starts this year that he has failed to finish the first inning with four walks. It's the second straight start in which he has not finished the second. He's up to 43 walks in 73.2 innings, a 13% walk rate. Major, major uh-ohs here.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Domingo Tapia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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The RainGoing back through last Friday, this team has played and finished just six games in 10 days. It's hardly the worse example of rain impacting a baseball season, my point is just that there is a limited amount things can change when the team plays circles the starting rotation just once in a week and a half.

Steven Matz is LegitMatz threw Sunday, and put up, by his recent standards, an uninspiring line: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.

In five starts since the SAL All-Star Break, he has put up a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings with a K/BB ratio of 30/12 while allowing opponents to hit .139/.239/.168. The only eery note in there is the walks, as he's walking opponents at a 10% rate. He's whiffing opponents at a 26% rate. He's doing it mostly with his fastball (92-96, sitting 93-ish) and changeup, which has a chance to be a plus pitch. He's still working on repeating his slider release point.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Philip Evans, Steve Matz, Toby Hyde
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