Bats: L Throws: R
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 205 lb
Acquired: 2011 Rule 4 Draft, 1st Round, East HS (Cheyenne, WY)
2012: (SS-A) .248/.372/.406, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 1 SB (17%), 46 BB, 78 K
2011: (R) .211/.318/.368, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB (0%), 6 BB, 14 K
Admit it.....when Sandy Alderson initially made this pick, we all were staring at our computer screens scratching our heads. Well low and behold, the master mind GM was right to trust this kid. After an intense off-season workout program at the IMG Academy with the likes of Andrew McCutcheon, Nimmo dominated the Florida State League and earned himself a promotion to AA- Binghamton.
While the numbers for Binghamton (.238/.339/.396) don't look quite as good as his FSL numbers, I did get the chance to see Nimmo play in person and I came away quite impressed. Nimmo continues to show that he's not going to chase bad pitches. In fact, he completely embodies the organizational strategy of "hunting for your pitch." He doesn't swing at pitches on the corners that you can't do much with, he just waits for the pitcher to make a mistake and drills it.
This does lead to a higher K rate then most would like, but a 19.4% K rate is certainly manageable in the MLB. Especially considering guys like McCutcheon, Pence, and Puig all have K rates near the 18% mark. Nimmo may not develop much more power, as he filled out his 6'3" frame pretty well at the IMG academy.
In the event that he does add a few more pounds of muscle before he reaches the big leagues, we could develop ourselves a very dangerous middle of the order bat in the OF which is something the team has not had in a while. For now I'll hold his ceiling flat to the last update but do keep in mind there's a chance it could be upgraded soon.
Ceiling: 15 HR/15 SB LF with good defense (Alex Gordon)
Floor: Power does not develop but he still becomes a solid #2 hitter (Christian Yelich)