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."
Nimmo, who is batting .293 with a .431 OBP during his last 19 games, has four hits and three walks in nine plate appearances the last two days. He has been getting consistent playing time in the wake of Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes recently suffering season-ending injuries.
"There is a different sense when you get to play every day, when you see your name in the lineup most days," Nimmo, who was selected in the first round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, told reporters this past weekend.
Sept. 5, 4:15 PM: Sandy is smart to say this about Nimmo and Lagares because he has no choice but to play them right now, and it's bad roster management to knock these men or threaten their jobs when they're finally getting a shot to show the Mets (and OTHER TEAMS) what they're capable of doing on a regular basis. Also, he's smart to be coy when it comes to Conforto's return, 1) because he may genuinely not know much until it begins to play out, but also 2), if Sandy is going to be in the market for a new outfielder or two, why signal now that he's doing it from a position of weakness. Instead, he 100% should speak confidently about his current options (Nimmo and Lagares), and be naive when discussing his preferred option (Conforto). It's human poker, folks. He isn't going to show you his cards...
Sept. 5, 10:15 AM: Nimmo has always had a terrific eye, and outstanding plate discipline. In some cases, it may be so good that it hurts his ability to hit for power. The more game action and live pitching he sees, the better he is getting at slapping singles and drawing walks. But, that's the thing, because he's so patient, he ends being just a one-base guy, which is why most scouts have historically slapped the Quadruple-A, fourth-outfielder tag on him. Sadly, he could still end up in a bench role next year, even if he keeps up this current pace. That said, he is getting on base, and playing the outfield well enough that the front office has to be taking notice in a more meaningful way. Equally important, other teams must be taking note as well, which could make him a player of interest when talking trades with other GMs this winter.
Maggie Wiggin: 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.
Even with less opportunity in center, though, if he can continue his excellent on-base percentage while showing a little Kevin Long-induced power bump (Long has shown a knack for getting the most out of bats like Nimmo's), he could end up getting a lot of work next season as a fourth outfielder and lefty bench bat >> Read more