Brandon Nimmo

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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SNY.tv was at the Futures Game at Citi Field?on Sunday, and spent the day following Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Nimmo, and Rafael Montero.? Nimmo, Syndergaard, B-Mets Manager Pedro Lopez, and Team USA Manager Mookie Wilson discuss the their development, and talk about what they need to do in order to get to the big leagues.

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A: Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 9, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 2?

This Hickory Crawdads team is quite seriously like no other a-ball team I, or the South Atlantic League has ever seen. They are on pace to easily surpass both the South Atlantic League's single-season homerun and strikeout records for an offense. Through 82 games, Hickory has hit 120 homers (1.5 per game) and fanned 859 times (10.5 per game). Over a full season, that's 205 homeruns and 1,466 strikeout pace. The SAL record for homers in a year is 173 and strikeouts 1,380.

Tuesday, 3B Joey Gallo, who entered the game in an 0-for-20 skid, hit a grand slam off Julian Hilario and a three-run jack off Wanel Mesa. Both were absolutely crushed to right-center, the big part of Historic Grayson Stadium. He also hit a ball to the front of the warning track against Gabriel Ynoa in his first AB that would go out of about 97% of other professional baseball stadiums. Gallo for the night: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI. At 19 years old, Gallo now leads all of minor league baseball with 25 homeruns. He's also hitting just .233/.322/.558 overall thanks to 125 strikeouts in 78 games. He's drawn 35 walks, which is fine, but he's striking out in 38% of his plate appearances. He's big (6'5"), strong (205 lbs) with a length in his swing, and he's trying to put the ball over the wall on every swing. It's wildly entertaining to watch.

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RHP Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard have been selected to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in NY on Sunday, July 14 at 2 pm. Montero will throw for the World Team and Syndergaard for the U.S. Team.

Brandon Nimmo is one of five "Futures Finalists" that fans can choose among to select the final member of the US team.

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A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 8, Greenville Drive (BOS) 0?

RHP Gabriel Ynoa rolled through five innings. He allowed just three singles, did not allow a runner to third or a walk and fanned six. The Mets had Ynoa (pictured), who turned 20 at the end of May, on a 80-85 pitch count, and he was lifted after finishing five innings at 76 pitches. I was told there is "no way" he will throw in the SAL All-Star game, to which he was elected, on Tuesday in Lakewood. So, the Mets limited his workload. Why? Does this portend a promotion to St. Lucie in short order, or is the team just starting to manage his workload already? I was told by a scout that Ynoa was 92-95 and sitting 93-94 in his previous start, last Monday, but did not get velo on Sunday's outing. That increase in velocity from a year ago, combined with a slider and changeup will bring him a whole lot more attention by season's end. Ynoa's last six starts: 41.1 IP, 30 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 32 K. That's a 1.52 ERA and a .194 opponents' batting average (30 H/155 AB).

?1B Jayce Boyd finished up a ridiculous series against Greenville by going 2-for-2 with three walks. The 22-year-old has hit safely in his last eight games, but in the four games against the Drive, he reached base safely in 17 of 19 plate appearances as part of a 11-for-13 binge, with a triple, two homers and six walks to boost his season line to 361/.441/.494 in 65 games in the SAL. I would be shocked in Jayce Boyd did not fly directly from the SAL All-Star Game Tuesday to the Florida State League on Wednesday.

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Savannah Sand Gnats' centerfielder Brandon Nimmo missed a month with first a bruised hand and then a strained glute that kept him out of action from April 29 through May 29. He and I talked about his hand last Wednesday. In the 12 games since his return, the 20-year old has hit .304/.385/.413 with four extra-base knocks, five walks and 16 strikeouts in 12 games.

Nimmo remains one of my favorite interviews. He's honest, thoughtful and answers questions directly.


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A: Savannah Sand Gnats 8, @ Greenville Drive (BOS) 3?

Brandon Nimmo, who had been out of action since April 29, returned to the lineup, hitting second, playing centerfield. He was 0-for-5 with a strikeout. Nimmo was originally sidelined by a bruised left hand, and then kept out of action for another two weeks or so with a strained glute.

Steven Matz started and went only three innings and one batter before leaving with a blister problem. Yes, only a blister. His line: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

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Brandon Nimmo, the Mets' 2011 first round pick, remains on the disabled list. He has not played in a game since April 29. He was originally placed on the disabled list with a bruised left hand. After the doctors determined that there was no break, and physio tape allowed him to feel good when swinging, he returned to batting practice about 10 days ago.

The Gnats had planned to activate him last week, but he came down with a minor glute strain that delayed his return to action. Savannah began a seven-game homestand Monday, and hopes to have Nimmo back during it.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Toby Hyde

- Friday night, Mets' RHP Domingo Tapia burned his left (non-throwing hand) while cooking and was placed on the disabled list. Tapia was off to a nice start for advanced-A St. Lucie. In seven starts, he had a 2.23 ERA. His strikeout (22.5%) and walk rates (10.4%) were unremarkable, but he was not giving up hits - just 20 in 32.1 innings. It's hard to hit a mid-upper 90s power sinker. Indeed, last week, Mets VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting Paul dePodesta told Baseball America that Tapia was touching 100 mph. I saw 99 mph from him last year and I heard rumors of triple digits. That's fun and all, but as dePodesta pointed out, it's better at 96 with more sink.

I'm not very concerned about Tapia's hand, mostly because it's his non-throwing hand. Also, in the long run, cooking for himself and his teammates is, burns aside, certainly healthier than eating out every night.

- Lynn Worthy reports that AA RHP Tyler Pill has been shut down for three weeks with a Bennett lesion in his right shoulder. Per Worthy, "Bennet lesion is a buildup or mineralization in a ligament located in the back of the shoulder capsule." Not all Bennett lesions are painful. One study found 22% of asymptomatic pitchers had Bennett Lesions, and pain is associated with a bony spur. This falls into the category of impingement in the area around the posterior rotator cuff which are not good words for pitchers. This might be nothing and some minor irritation that goes away, but I suspect that Pill will be out for a significant length of time. Even after a three-week shutdown, he'd need a few weeks in the throwing program to build his arm strength back up so he's looking at 5-6 weeks minimum.?

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The Mets have placed CF Brandon Nimmo on the disabled list with a left hand contusion. Gnats' manager Luis Rojas is hoping that Nimmo can be back in the minimum seven days and downplayed the nature of Nimmo's injury, "It's nothing major," he said. "We're checking it out closely. Right now, we're just communicating with the doctors, ?the hand specialists in Savannah and the doctor in New York. They're gonna set a progression that's going to take a couple of days. It's nothing major. He should be back maybe in five days. We set the disabled just to focus on his healing and that he's 100% on the field when he gets back on the field."

Nimmo has not played in a game since April 29. Nimmo said he first felt discomfort when the team was up in Lakewood New Jersey. At the end of the Lakewood series on April 21, Nimmo was hitting an eye-popping .424/.513/.576. However, since leaving New Jersey, Nimmo was 1-for-24 with 10 strikeouts. If anything, the move is overdue, as Nimmo has not taken batting practice in a week.

Placing Nimmo on the DL buys the Gnats the ability to use the extra roster spot on Maikis De La Cruz. Now 22, De La Cruz hit .274/.317/.386 in 63 games with Kingsport last year.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Toby Hyde

A+: @ Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 6, St. Lucie Mets 0?

Fort Myers moved seven games up on St. Lucie with this beating.

Big Noah Syndergaard was just fine: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5 gb/2fb outs, but the bullpen allowed five runs in the sixth to turn a close game into an other Miracle win. Syndergaard's last three starts: 19 IP, 16 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 16 K; 0.47 ERA. That'll do.

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I also have a chat with Nimmo from Tuesday that I need to transcribe and post that delves a little bit more into his swing and his approach at the plate.

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- Heading into the SAL off-day Monday, Savannah Sand Gnats' CF Brandon Nimmo is hitting .424/.513/.576 with five extra-base hits, 10 walks and 14 strikeouts in 80 plate appearances over 17 games. He's leading the SAL in average, on-base percentage, hits (28), is tied for the league lead in triples (3) and runs scored (18) and is fourth in total bases. It's a remarkable start for the 20-year old.

Nimmo told Adam Rubin at ESPNNY that he's just on a hot streak.

"It's baseball, so we're going to go through cold streaks and hot streaks," Nimmo said. "This is a hot streak right now. I'm going to go through a period where I'm not doing very well. We're just going to try to keep this going as long as possible, just be consistent. But, yeah, there's a reason people don't hit .400 in baseball."

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A+: Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 14, @ St. Lucie Mets 1?

The Miracle improved to 14-1 by knocking around Mets' pitching for 14 runs on 18 hits and six (!) homeruns. Angel Cuan took much of the abuse: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1BB, 2 K, 4 HR.

3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 0-for-4 to snap his streak of three straight games with a homer.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, Steve Matz, Toby Hyde
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- The newiest:

? Lynn Worthy (@PSBLynn) April 17, 2013The early report of "elbow strain" for Mateo strikes me as a placeholder until the MRI comes back. Mazzoni's initial diagnosis is "elbow neuritis," or, an inflamed nerve. The MRI might reveal why the nerve is inflamed.?

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A: Savannah Sand Gants 8, @ Greensboro Grasshoppers 1?

Daily Nimmo: CF Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout. Nimmo now has multiple hits in four-straight games to run his 13-game line to .442/.508/.558 with three extra-base hits, five walks and 10 strikeouts. When the day started, he was leading the SAL in both batting average and on-base percentage. Most likely, the 20-year-old will be in the same position at the end of the day.

DH Gregory Pron doubled in a 2-for-3 day and drove home three.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Matt Bowman, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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A:?@ Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) 9, Savannah Sand Gnats 8?

Oh man. The Gnats scored three runs in the top of the ninth to come back from a 6-5 deficit to take an 8-6 lead only to watch Greensboro win it on a three-run walkoff jack i nthe bottom of the frame.

The Gnats' ninth: CF Brandon Nimmo singled, SS Yucary De La Cruz reached on an error, 1B Jayce Boyd sacrifice fly (tied the game), C Kevin Plawecki (pictured)?two-run homer for the lead.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A: Savannah Sand Gnats 8, @ Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) 5?

CF Brandon Nimmo ?(pictured)?as 3-for-5 with a homer, his first of 2013 and five RBI, a new season-high by a Gnat. After 11 games, the 20-year-old is hitting .429/.510/.571 with three extra-base hits, five walks and eight strikeouts. I am very pleasantly surprised. He's young for the league and for the season's first week and a half, been the circuit's best hitter.

1B Jayce Boyd added a 2-for-5 night with a double, his fifth. The 22-year old is hitting a robust .372/.460/.558 in his 11 games.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Domingo Tapia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 1, Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 0 (10 innings)

The game winning rally in the bottom of the 10th: CF Gilbert Gomez walked, C Cam Maron ground a single to right field and then 2B TJ Rivera ground a single to left field.

Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 10 groundball outs, and three flyouts. The ground balls are good, but Tapia should miss more bats with his fastball. I worry that relatively few strikeouts means opposing hitters are sitting on his fastball and making contact rather than fearing his slider at all.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Philip Evans, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 7, Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 2?

So perhaps the era of Aderlin Rodriguez, third baseman is over already. Rodriguez played first base while 25-year old Rylan Sandoval lined up at third. I suspected that Rodriguez would move to first eventually, I just did not think it would be this soon. At the plate, Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

From the official play-by-play in the top of the fourth inning:

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Hansel Robles, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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