BRANDON TATE NIMMO
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   METS
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   L
Weight: 205 Throws:   R
DOB: 3/27/1993 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 9  
Birth City: Cheyenne, WY
Draft: Mets #1 - 2011 - Out of high school (WY)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2011 GCL GCL-Mets   7 29 5 7 0 0 2 4 0 0 3 9 .313 .448 .241
2011 APP KINGSPORT   3 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 .333 .111 .111
2012 NYP BROOKLYN   69 266 41 66 20 2 6 40 1 5 46 78 .372 .406 .248
2013 SAL SAVANNAH   110 395 62 108 16 6 2 41 10 7 71 131 .397 .359 .273
2014 EL BINGHAMTON   65 240 38 57 12 4 6 26 5 1 36 54 .339 .396 .238
2014 FSL ST. LUCIE   62 227 59 73 9 5 4 25 9 3 50 51 .448 .458 .322
2015 PCL LAS VEGAS   32 91 19 24 3 1 3 8 5 4 18 20 .393 .418 .264
2015 FSL ST. LUCIE   4 16 3 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 3 .300 .188 .125
2015 EL BINGHAMTON   68 269 26 75 12 3 2 16 0 2 26 55 .354 .368 .279
2016 NL METS   32 73 12 20 1 0 1 6 0 0 6 20 .338 .329 .274
2016 PCL LAS VEGAS   97 392 72 138 25 8 11 61 7 8 46 73 .423 .541 .352
2017 NL METS   69 177 26 46 11 1 5 21 2 0 33 60 .379 .418 .260
2017 PCL LAS VEGAS   42 163 23 37 12 1 3 17 0 0 33 49 .364 .368 .227
2017 FSL ST. LUCIE   5 18 4 4 2 0 1 4 0 0 5 4 .391 .500 .222
2018 PCL LAS VEGAS   1 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .600 .500 .500
2018 NL METS   85 261 48 66 11 6 13 30 7 4 37 90 .373 .490 .253
Today's Game Notes
  • July 2018 : One kid flew completely under the radar heading into this season. Granted, he wasn't actually a rookie, having managed nearly 300 big-league plate appearances prior to 2018. But rookie or not, he'd also faded into obscurity seven years after earning the honor of getting drafted in the first round by the Mets. He'd failed to bowl over talent evaluators, cracking the top 100 prospect rankings just once, topping out at No. 72 per MLB.com's board.


    Brandon Nimmo is now proving the doubters wrong
    . Through Monday, he'd bashed his way to a .264/.381/.524 line, 51 percent better than league average after adjusting for pitcher-friendly Citi Field, the second-best mark among all batting title-qualified NL hitters.


    Nimmo's terrific batting eye had never been up for debate
    . He ranked as one of the most prolific walkers at every level of the minors, with a robust 15.3 percent free-pass rate in his 69-game apprenticeship with the Mets last year. Whether you're swayed by Moneyball or maybe even Branch Rickey 60 years earlier, you know that walks are a valuable offensive weapon, much more than merely a failure on the pitcher's part. Still, the best outcome for a hitter is and always will be walloping a baseball into the stratosphere.


    When we get excited about hitters with sound plate discipline, we're hoping their discerning approach will allow them to lay off pitches out of the zone, then hammer the occasional meatball that floats into their happy zone
    . Walks are supposed to be what happens when that meatball never arrives.The juiced ball in today's game, and the resulting swing-for-the-fences tack taken by many of today's best hitters, has upped the ante. When a hitter shows a mature approach in the minors but fails to hit for tons of power, it's OK to wonder what might happen if that hitter can make it to the Show, where baseballs currently fly off bats in a way they simply don't in the minors.



    That, along with the kind of healthy development that can lead a talented 25-year-old to break out, is how Nimmo went from being a walk-happy slap hitter with 40 homers in more than 2,500 minor-league plate appearances to a hulking terror in the majors
    . He blasted 12 home runs, and a total of 27 extra-base hits, in his first 216 at-bats this season with the Mets. And while you don't want to impose limits on what a young player might do if given the right opportunities, the lefty-swinging Nimmo has been absolutely devastating against right-handed pitching, batting a huge .279/.398/.578.
Personal
  • Nimmo's dad, Ron, was a rancher. His father grew up on a ranch in La Junta, Colorado and his dad was a railroad guy, a conductor who bought land and did ranching. So the whole family is also into rodeo.

    "What my dad found out in rodeo is it's not if you get hurt, it's when you get hurt," Brandon said. "All I wanted to do was bull ride. My older brother (Bryce) rode steers when he was younger. And my sister, Beryl, raced. They were in rodeo and I wanted to be a part of it, too."

    One day when Nimmo was seven, he visited his grandfather in La Junta and got his first experience riding a bull.

    "When you get on that calf, which can weigh anywhere from 400 to 700 pounds, you hop right on there," Brandon recalled. "It bucked me off, stepped on my ankle and ran around the arena. Somebody in my family got it on video and I was done it with it after that.

    NO HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL IN WYOMING

  • In 2010, Brandon was playing American Legion ball in a state that does not offer high school baseball

    “The huge adjustment for me was living in Brooklyn,” Nimmo said. “I’m used to 60,000. You can see for about 40 miles. Then you hop into the middle of 5 million people, where everybody’s on top of each other.”

  • In 2011, Nimmo's senior year at East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he committed to the University of Arkansas on a baseball scholarship.
  • But in June 2011, the Mets drafted him in the first round, and he signed. 
  • Wyoming does not have high school baseball and has produced just two draft picks the past decade. Nimmo  became the state's highest pick and only first round choice ever in June 2011.

    That is when the Mets chose Brandon as their first round pick, the 13th player taken overall. And he signed on the August 15 deadline for a bonus of $2.1 million, via scout Jim Reeves. Nimmo is the first Wyoming high school player ever selected in the first round.

  • Brandon was a slot receiver and strong safety on his high school football team, but gave it up after his junior year.

    He also ran track and was an accomplished sprinter. As a sophomore he finished third in the state (Wyoming) in the 200-meter dash (23.57 seconds), fourth in the 400-meter dash (53.19 seconds), and 10th in the 55-meter dash (6.97 seconds).

    With no baseball team at his high school,  Nimmo played American Legion ball and traveled to showcases. And the team played between 70 and 80 games per season. The farthest bus trip was 10 hours. And they'd go 7 hours to Omaha and even a 13-hour trip to Topeka, Kansas.

    "My dad was instrumental in where I am today," Brandon said. "He built a barn (on the six-acre property the family owned just north of Cheyenne) that was 60 feet long and 40 feet wide for me to use in the winter. He put a heater in there so I could hit in the cage. He even grabbed some turf and put it in there. We used it for team practices and I got to go in there every day and hit off a tee."

  • Brandon's older brother, Bryce, had a successful four-year career at the University of Nebraska, hitting .266 with six home runs, 80 RBIs and 42 stolen bases in 208 games for the Cornhuskers from 2005-08.

    It was the way Bryce dealt with adversity, though, that stuck with Brandon, who would often make the seven- or eight-hour trip from Wyoming to Nebraska to see his brother play.

    "He's gone through just about everything that baseball can throw at you, failure-wise, so we always talked about how Bryce was kind of the guinea pig for us with high-level baseball and learning what you have to do to put the past behind you," said Nimmo late in the 2012 season. "Anything that I experience, he's been through it.

    "I call him, I call my dad, and that support system really helps with putting the past behind you, having someone to vent to," said Nimmo. "That's really key for me. I need 10 minutes to vent and then it's out of the system. We don't talk about it anymore."

  • In 2012, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Nimmo as the 3rd-best prospect in the Mets' organization in both the spring of 2012. Same in 2013. In 2014, they had Brandon at #8 in the Mets' farm system.

    He was back up to #3 in the Mets' organization in the spring of 2015, and at 5th-best in the off-season before both 2016 and 2017 spring trainings.

  • Brandon has outstanding makeup. That makeup allows him to get the most out of his ability with solid preparation and mental toughness.

    His manager in 2012 at Brooklyn, Rich Donnelly, said, "I've hardly met anybody like him. I have 8 kids, including 5 sons, and would be honored to have him as my son. I've met his parents, and I know why he's the way he is.

    "Nothing gets inside what he does on the field. He hasn't been affected by anything. He could be the number one draft pick of all time and you're going to get the same effort, the same work ethic and the same come-to-the-ballpark, grind-it-out effort every day.

    "He's beyond special," Rich continued. "If you wrote down all of his qualities and then put his name up there and I asked, 'Who are you talking about?' You would say Derek Jeter or Craig Counsell.

    "We try to teach the phrase, 'Instant Amnesia' in baseball. (Nimmo) already has it. If he has a bad at-bat and the next time up he hits a single, it's like nothing ever happened. What's important to him is anything he can do to help us win a ball game."

  • In 2013, Brandon ranked third in the low Class A South Atlantic League with 71 walks and fourth with a .397 on-base percentage.

  • July 3, 2014: After learning of his promotion to Double-A, after just one hour of sleep, after two flights that took him from sunny Florida to upstate New York, the outfielder was packing his bag, readying to embark on a five-hour bus ride to Bowie, Maryland. Strength and conditioning coach Jason Griffin told him he could just leave it at his locker. Here, in Double-A, Nimmo and his teammates don't have to carry their own bags.

    "I was like, 'Dang, all right, this is nice, this is nice,'" Nimmo said. "Just leave it right in front of your locker and they take it on the bus.

    "It's just a little thing. As you move up, you get pampered a little bit more. It's nice that the focus is for you to be able to focus on the game and not the outside stuff. It's the little things that make a difference."

    At an age when many are getting ready for their senior year of college -- or just beginning their professional careers, if they were drafted -- Nimmo has reached the second-highest rung on the Minor League ladder.

    Nimmo has carried with him the hype of a first-round pick since the Mets made him the 13th overall selection in 2011, and that has followed him everywhere he's been. It manifested itself in the form of autograph seekers, all of whom left with smiles. Nimmo filled every request after a 4:30 a.m. arrival in New Britain.

    "I'm enjoying it up here," Nimmo said of Double-A. "It's a new level, but I'm excited for what it has to teach me. ... It's still baseball. It's very, very minute changes. Just looking to learn from it and keep adjusting.

    "It's pretty much been me," Nimmo said. "Normally I don't miss mistakes a lot, and when I'm not doing well, I'll miss mistakes sometimes. Maybe I'll foul them straight back or something like that. That's been one of the things that I've been able to notice. When I'm going well, I'll usually take as many swings as I do have at-bats."

    According to Nimmo, who is a center fielder by trade but has dabbled in left with Binghamton, his most significant stride this season has been his range in the outfield. He said instead of watching the ball until he fields it, he'll read it off the bat, put his head down, sprint to "a spot" and pick it up again. This allows him to cover more ground quickly and forces him to get better reads.

    "It's something I hadn't really trusted myself with before," Nimmo said. "Right off the bat, you need to have an idea of where that ball is going to end up, and that just comes from repetition, repetition, just practicing. That's the one thing we emphasized on in Spring Training they said they'd like me to work on, and I did, and it kind of just clicked with me. I've been able to put it into play a lot."

    "It's nice to get affirmation that you're doing things right," Nimmo said. "That brought another level of excitingness for me, and even more motivation." (Tim Healey MLB.com 7/3/2014)

  • Back in 2014, Nimmo raised eyebrows the day he walked into his first big league camp. Gone, in Nimmo's recollection, was the "scrawny little kid" the Mets selected in 2011. In his place was a grown man who spent his winter at a the IMG Performance Academy in Bradenton, Florida, learning to eat right and packing on 20 pounds of muscle. Brandon then came to 2015 spring training with 8 percent body fat.  

    Nimmo proceeded to enjoy a breakout summer, elbowing his way into the landscape of the game's best outfield prospects. So although the Mets reassigned him to Minor League camp in their first round of big league cuts, Nimmo is confident he will be back before long.  

    "I need to be more consistent with hitting," said Nimmo, who appeared in only two Grapefruit League games due to a left thumb injury. "Obviously a little more power would be nice. But these are things that come with experience, and they're things that just come with playing this game and getting older. My big, big goal is to stay healthy. And that's really hard to control, but I'm going to try and do everything I can to control that, so that I can play every day, be out there and just get the at-bats. Because doing that, I'm going to learn the things that I need to learn."  

    Translating his new physique into results, Nimmo is, in that sense, vindicating the Mets. "Some of it may just happen with maturation and age," vice president of amateur scouting and player development Paul DePodesta said. "But a lot of it comes from a young man taking ownership of his career in a profession. That's hard for a 19- or 20-year-old to do. But someone with Brandon's makeup, he's taken advantage of the resources available to him, and he's doing everything he can to be as good as he can possibly be. (Anthony DiComo - MLB.om - March 13, 2015)

  • August 4, 2016: Brandon's  adventure began at approximately 3:40 p.m. ET on August 3, when he left New York City for Las Vegas. Optioned back to the Mets' Triple-A affiliate to receive steadier playing time, Nimmo was at peace with his demotion.

    He landed around 7:00 p.m. PT, grabbed his bags and hopped in an Uber, which whisked him off to his apartment. Arriving there 15 minutes later, Nimmo received the first of several frantic calls. Yoenis Cespedes was heading to the disabled list. Please report back to New York immediately.

    So Nimmo turned around, reversed his route to the airport, grabbed a quick meal past security and boarded a 10:00 p.m. PT red-eye flight back to New York. All told, he was in Las Vegas for about three hours, most of those spent at the airport.  And when Nimmo arrived in New York, of course, there was traffic.

    "It's kind of hard to sleep on the plane when you're upright," Nimmo said. "I had the exit row, but those don't lean back. So it was tough. I think I pieced together like three hours of sleep on the plane, then got like four or five when I got back to the hotel. But I'm glad to be back. Here, you run on adrenaline pretty easily."

    When Nimmo walked into Yankee Stadium at 4:00 p.m. ET, teammate Josh Edgin pointed out that he was wearing the same clothes he left in the day before. Nimmo was also without his equipment bag, which the Mets had shipped separately to Las Vegas. He planned to borrow a glove for that day's game. (DiComo - MLB.com)

  • Dec 23, 2016: Nimmo made his big league debut in Atlanta in June 2016, and he should again play a role in the outfield in 2017. Here's a holiday-themed Q&A with the gregarious rookie, who shares how he spends his Christmas in and around snowy Wyoming:

    MLB.com: What was a typical Christmas like for you growing up? Brandon: We would always go to a town called La Junta, Colo., on Christmas Eve and spend that with my grandparents -- my dad's parents. And then for Christmas Day, we would normally come back and spend that with just my immediate family -- my brother and my sister in Cheyenne. Now we've come up with a tradition where we like to go up to Happy Jack in Wyoming. It's an old abandoned ski area. I don't do it anymore, but everybody would hop on inner tubes or sleds and take them down the ski jump. Even though I can't do that anymore, I'll go up and have fun, so now we do that on Christmas Day in the afternoon.

    MLB.com: You recently became engaged. Have you been spending recent holidays with your fiancée?

    Nimmo: Yeah, for the past two years, she's been coming out to Wyoming. This year, we're all going to meet in Omaha, Neb., because my brother's on call for work, so we're going to take Christmas to him. It'll be a new tradition. But the premise of it all is to get the family together. We have a really tightknit family, and we really do love and enjoy each other. I'm very, very blessed to have that, so we like to enjoy it all the time.

    MLB.com What was your favorite Christmas gift growing up? Nimmo: As a family one Christmas, we got a foosball table. Santa brought it. And I was like, 'Yes! Santa brought an amazing present!' We had that downstairs. That was a lot of fun because my dad, he played foosball, too. It was another way for my dad and I to connect, and I would play with my brother and sister, too. So I would say that one really stands out because it was a big one, a big present. I came running down the stairs, and all of a sudden we had a big foosball table all wrapped up. So that was pretty cool.

    MLB.com: Favorite Christmas carol? Nimmo: I don't know if it's a carol, but I really love "Joy to the World."

    MLB.com: Favorite Christmas movie? Nimmo: I really love "A Christmas Story." Oh, man. I watch the marathon, the 24-hour one, but we also have it on DVD. My dad loves the "fragile" part. We even have a leg lamp that we bring out. Mom won't let it come out this year, but my dad loves it. I thought it was awesome. It's a major award! I love that movie. It's a family tradition to watch that. (A DiComo - MLB.com - Dec 23, 2016)

  • In 2016 at Las Vegas, Brandon led the Pacific Coast League with a .423 on-base percentage and finished second with a .352 average. He made his big league debut in June 2016.

  • His infectious personality is evident by his wide smile.

  • January 2017: Nimmo committed to play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic in March.

  • Dec 7, 2017: For eight months, Mets players Brandon Nimmo and Travis d'Arnaud spent much of their time together, both in Spring Training and throughout the baseball season. They discussed their impending weddings, both set to take place on the same weekend in November. Then they parted ways for the winter -- or so Nimmo thought.

    Weeks later, the Mets outfielder walked to the breakfast buffet at a hotel in Maui only to see his teammate standing right there.

    "He hadn't planned his honeymoon yet when we talked last," Nimmo said. "He texted me earlier that morning, but I hadn't read it yet. I just went to breakfast. And then I just saw him walk to the buffet. I was like, "Travis! Travis!" And then we ended up going snorkeling for turtles."

    Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki also revealed that he often has FaceTime sessions with Jacob deGrom. Apparently, the Mets just can't get enough of each other.

    "I just thought that was hilarious," Nimmo said. "We spend all this time together and then we all go our separate ways, and somehow we end up still seeing each other by happenstance. Out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean." (A DiComo - MLB.com - Dec 7, 2017)

Batting
  • Nimmo has a nice, lean frame and a smooth, effortless, compact lefthanded stroke. He is a pure hitter with a picturesque swing and he has good raw power from very good bat speed. His swing doesn't have natural loft or pull, and the Mets are not interested in changing him, letting him develop naturally. His swing does not have any wasted movement.

    Brandon looks to be a top-of-the-order hitter, though one who could grow into a middle-of-the-lineup role if he enhances his power, which is only to the pull side. But he's best using the entire field, his lefty stroke geared for line shots more than lofty jacks.

    “Getting a little bit more juice in the bat, a little bit more power, also helps (on pitches) you maybe get jammed on a little bit," Nimmo said in the spring of 2015. "You have enough strength to push them over the infield now and get a little base hit out of it. And then the balls you don’t quite catch perfect you maybe turn into doubles instead of flyouts.”

    Nimmo grades 55 for his above-average hit tool, and he gets a 50 for his power.

  • On-base ability -- that is what Nimmo provides for a team. He excels at working counts and lining the ball to left field if pitchers work him away.

  • Brandon has the ability to center the ball on the barrel of his bat with impressive frequency.

    He will hit for average with his all-fields approach, frequency of hard contact and willingness to attack first-pitch fastballs.

  • Nimmo has a good eye at the plate, impressive plate discipline, a real good feel for the strike zone, and should be an above-average hitter.

    Now, all of that is true. But he still struck out over 25 percent of the time in 2013 and 23 percent of the time in 2014. He did drop it a bit more to 20 percent in 2015, over three levels in the minors.

  • As he gets stronger, he could add loft to his swing to turn some doubles into home runs.
  • Nimmo sees a lot of pitches, so he could fit as a leadoff hitter. He has an impressive ability to work counts.

    Brandon has the ability to attack pitchers who try to take advantage of that by sneaking in a first-pitch fastball. He has the power to handle those, and in the spring of 2015, he has added 20 pounds of strength since signing. He has the power to punish those mistakes, rather than just serving them to the gaps. Scouts still are projecting to get Nimmo to above-average power.

    Nimmo has made significant strides in 2013 and 2014, by adding strength. He now can sting the ball when he works himself into hitter’s counts, and he has the knowledge of the strike zone to get into those counts. He may not ever have enough power to fit as a profile corner outfielder—he hit 10 home runs and collected 51 RBIs between two levels in 2014—but he’s shown scouts that he should be able to stick in center field, where his on-base skills and gap power both would play.

  • Brandon built a  career .389 on-base percentage in the minors (as of April 2017). And in 2016 he established career-best marks for strikeout rate (16.4 percent), home runs (11) and isolated slugging percentage (.189). That year, he also led the PCL in on-base percentage.

    But overall, Nimmo has the best strike-zone judgement in the Mets' organization (April 2017). He works deep counts, takes walks and hits the ball where it’s pitched, making him an above-average hitter with average power. With a muscular 6-foot-3 frame, Nimmo shows plus raw power in batting practice and probably could hit more home runs if he hunted early-count fastballs.

  • As of the start of the 2018 season, Brandon's career Major League stats were: .264 batting average, 6 home runs, with 27 RBI in 250 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Brandon can play all three outfield positions. And his long strides enable him to cover enough ground in center field, where he's an average defender with a decent arm (45 or 50 grade).
  • Nimmo's center-field defense was raw early in his pro career, as he tended to break back on balls before coming in.

    But by the spring of 2015, Brandon was getting good jumps in center and had improved his first-step quickness. Brandon takes his pre-game shagging routine seriously, which scouts notice.

    He has fringy arm strength -- enough to see at least some time in right field, and has added greater accuracy with more coaching. His bat likely would fit better in center field if he can handle the defensive assignment.

    And we think he can, with his plus instincts and reliability. He really impresses with his grace and athleticism in center field. His range is only average, as is his arm, but he is fun to watch.

  • He throws well enough (a 50 arm) and can probably handle right field -- if he develops his long-ball ability at the plate. And he tracks the ball well in center, grading out at 50 for his overall defense, average for the Majors.
Running
  • Brandon runs a 6.55-second 60-yard dash. He is an above-average runner. But he lacks the initial burst that would make him a real weapon for stealing bases. So he is average on the bases, for a 50 grade.

  • Nimmo runs the bases intelligently. And he steals an occasional base.

  • Brandon has maintained his speed even as he has bulked up.
Career Injury Report
  • Fall 2009: In his junior season of high school football, Brandon tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

    So Brandon spent most of the summer of 2010 playing with a brace on his knee.

  • August 5, 2012: Brandon was on the D.L. after being hit in the shoulder by a pitch from Auburn's Brett Mooneyham.

  • March 2013: A purple tinge embedded near the base of the fingernail on Nimmo’s left thumb provided evidence of his run-in with a pitching machine. 

    “It went off the label,” Nimmo said of the incident that took place during a bunting drill, “and it just hit the barrel of the bat and came straight back and took my thumbnail straight back.”

    Nimmo said the Mets medical staff cutoff his batting glove and bent the nail back into place. He missed a few days waiting for the finger to heal.

    Although an MRI performed in Savannah did not detect it, Nimmo actually had a dislocated joint and partial tear of a couple of ligaments in his left hand.

    “So I played the rest of the season with it,” Nimmo said. “I let the people know afterward it still wasn’t all the way there. I went to New York, and that’s when we found out everything that happened. Then we went to Cleveland, too, and saw a pretty good hand doctor there, Dr. Thomas Graham. He said, ‘It isn’t going to change things. You don’t need surgery. They’ve already repaired themselves. You’re just going to have to get it stronger.’"

    “We felt like nothing was really wrong there,” Nimmo said. “The one thing I noticed was I never fouled so many balls straight back. I didn’t quite have my top hand on top of (the bat). It happens. You’ve got to learn how to play with injuries sometimes.

  • March 2015: Nimmo was slowed for most of spring training with a left thumb injury which came about when he was jammed by a pitch.

  • May 17, 2015: Brandon was on the D.L. with a left knee/ACL strain.

  • January 27, 2016: Nimmo had a partially torn tendon in his left foot. He was fitted with a walking boot.

  • April 1, 2017: Nimmo began the season on the 10-day DL with a Grade 1 hamstring strain.

  • July 8-28, 2017: Nimmo was on the DL with a partially collapsed lung.