In 215 at bats in Triple-A this season, Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is batting .330 with a .411 OBP, five HR, 16 doubles, five triples and four stolen bases.
Last week, he was named to MiLB.com's Prospect Team of the Week.
"He's getting there," Sandy Alderson said earlier this week when asked if Nimmo might soon be promoted to the Mets. "He's been great the last two or three weeks, and so I think he has put himself in a position to be considered."
Nimmo, who is batting .452 during his last 10 games, was drafted by the Mets in the first round (13th overall) of the 2011 MLB draft. He did not play baseball in high school because Wyoming does not offer interscholastic baseball. Instead, he got noticed playing baseball for an American Legion team.
The concern for Nimmo is whether his cautious hitting style will let him survive against big-league pitching. It's fine when in Double-A or the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. But, successful major league veterans might chew him up with off-speed pitches and nibbling the MLB strike zone. We've seen it a million times over the years.
Also, he does not hit with a ton of authority (even during his time in Las Vegas), so - when he does make contact against big-league secondary pitches -- will it be enough to be anything more than a Punch-and-Judy single?
The thing is, right now, that's kind of what the Mets need. The last two games aside, the Mets have been desperate for long at-bats, deep counts, walks, singles and base runners with speed. Nimmo has been playing this brand of baseball for years...
He is still just 23 years old and can learn and develop his game at Triple-A. But, he's always been forced to learn with less and do it under fire. So, if Juan Lagares ends up needing surgery, and if the Mets continue to have a need for Nimmo's tools, the kid should get a shot.
I am not 100 percent confident he will become the player he's expected to be. But, right now, he can play a decent outfield and young blood can often be as inspiring to a team as a veteran acquisition. Also, he can always be sent back down. So, if the roster spot opens, I say, 'Do it!'