Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |
Hey, remember that time this offseason when teams were trying to trade for Brandon Nimmo?
I remember it distinctly, as it was right before he was set to speak at the Queens Baseball Convention (QBC) last January. Nimmo was linked to the Pirates as the potential asking price for Andrew McCutchen or Josh Harrison. As we know, the Mets ended up not trading Nimmo, at a time when a decent amount of fans preferred one or both of the above players to him.
At the time, I could not really blame them. I saw their argument.
Nimmo finished 2017 with a .260/.379/.418 line with five home runs and 21 RBI in 69 games. Solid stats, but not at the level of McCutchen (.279/.363/.486), whose name also carried some cachet.
The Pirates were actually reportedly quite adamant about acquiring Nimmo from the Mets, wanting only to make a trade if Nimmo was involved.
It's like they knew what Nimmo was capable of, even as soon as this season. But then again, the Mets must have known what he was capable of as well, since they refused to trade him.
I can confidently say now that I -- and nearly every Mets fan-- is very happy with this decision.
Now I am not just saying this because I heard Nimmo speak at the QBC and fell in love with his energy. He truly is just one of the most genuine, kind-hearted people you will ever meet. More importantly, he has come a bit out of nowhere to be one of the most productive hitters in baseball this season.
The Mets outfield was crowded at the beginning of the season, and no one thought that Nimmo would be getting this much playing time. But here is he, a regular outfielder starting and leading off almost every game. And his bat has been on fire all season.
So far in 2018, Nimmo is hitting .271/.413/.556 with eight home runs, seven doubles, and five triples. Many of this happened in May, where he hit .277 with five home runs. In a time when the Mets' offense has been lacking, Nimmo has been stepping up -- as he did Friday night against the Yankees by homering for their only run of the game.
Nimmo has been carrying the team recently, and that's a sentence that I very much did not think that I would be writing this season, never mind at the beginning of June. It's a bit absurd that he's not on the All-Star ballot, which was recently covered here.
Brandon Nimmo, you are a shining star with so much ahead of you. If the world was filled with more of you, it would be a better place. And if the Mets were filled with more players hitting like you right now, they'd very much be over .500.