Chad MacDonald, who was responsible for the Mets selecting Brandon Nimmo in the 2011 MLB Draft, is returning to the team as a pro scout, reports SNY's Andy Martino.
MacDonald previously worked as the Mets' scouting director, and ran the 2011 draft. MacDonald left after the 2011 season to take a position with the Padres as their VP/assistant GM, and was replaced by Tommy Tanous.
In the years after the Mets selected Nimmo at No. 13 overall in the 2011 draft, many were very critical that they took him that high.
In his only full season in the majors in 2018, Nimmo hit .263/.404/.483 and was worth 4.5 fWAR. Nimmo struggled early in 2019 due in large part to attempting to play through a neck injury. After returning in September, he hit .261/.430/.565 in 26 games.
He is expected to be the Mets' starting center fielder in 2020.
New manager for Columbia
The Mets have hired nine-year MLB veteran Reid Brignac to manage Low-A Columbia.