In the last few months, I've heard team insiders say more good things about 21-year-old Mets OF Brandon Nimmo than I had in the previous few years. The big talking point lately revolves around his maturity, stature and dedication to health, fitness and buying in to the team's hitting philosophy.
They like to say he left last season as a wide-eyed kid and reported to camp in February as a hungry, young man.
According to rival scouts, Nimmo is still figuring out what kind of player he is going to be (Baseball Prospectus, May 7).
"He's built like a power hitter, but approaches his at-bats like a table-setter," the scout reports. "He could start on a first-division team."
Nimmo was drafted by the Mets with the top pick in 2011.
The Baseball Prospectus scout describes Nimmo as the following:
"Classic left-handed stance. ... short swing, especially for a tall player, with a slight natural uppercut. ... Hits with a line-drive approach and is extremely patient at the plate, even in RBI situations. ... Does not have the premium bat speed needed to generate plus power. ... Still learning how to drive the ball. ... Does not have quick acceleration, but runs well. ... Can play adequate defense in center field or plus defense on the corners."
ESPN.com’s Keith Law ranked Nimmo the 92nd overall prospect in baseball at the end of last season.
I don't think anyone sees him as a big-time power hitter, but there appears to be little question he has the ability to get to, stick and contribute in the big leagues, probably around 2016.
Here is the latest Prospect File from SNY.TV about Nimmo, during which he talks about his game, strengths and weaknesses: