On the premiere of Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo talked with Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo about being drafted ahead of Jose Fernandez.
The Mets -- and 12 other teams -- passed on the late Fernandez in the 2011 MLB Draft.
"I think what I thought about Fernandez is, if people could have predicted that, he would have gone No. 1 overall," Nimmo said. "I knew that I should be doing better, but I also knew that he was doing abnormally well. He was amazing, right from the start."
Fernandez took the league by storm in 2013 and became one of the best pitchers in baseball before passing away in a boating accident in September of 2016.
"For me, him being drafted right after me, yeah -- it came with a stigma that they could have gone with him," Nimmo added. "When people would ask me that, I say there's 12 other teams that would have drafted him No. 1 overall."
After Fernandez got promoted and excelled, Nimmo said he saw lots of other guys being promoted faster than him and had to focus on what he could control.
"We're all built differently, we're all given different talents, and we all find those talents at different times," he said.
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