If the season needed to start today, it would be hard to argue against Mickey Callaway using Brandon Nimmo in center field more than Juan Lagares, especially since this spring Nimmo is showing himself to be an ideal leadoff hitter...
"He definitely fits a mold of what you'd be looking for in that leadoff spot," Mets manager Mickey Callaway recently said when asked if Nimmo was in line for such a role this season.
Frankly, this isn't new for Brandon. In the 68 at bats he's had during his career when leading off an inning, Nimmo is hit .350 with a .426 OBP, including seven extra base hits. Even better, he's been the first batter of a game 11 times, during which he reached base six times.
Clearly, this is a super, super small sample size, but it doesn't feel wrong.