2/1/15

Tom Brennan - Majoring on the Minors: Top 30 prospects - #5 Brandon Nimmo

10 comments

I’m doing my Top 30 Prospects articles a bit differently – in 2 lists:


·       A top 10 list of lower minors guys who likely won’t show up until 2017 or later.  See list at end of this article. 


·       Followed by my top 20 list of guys who are closing in on the big leagues.  Guys who could help in the near future or be trade bait.

Here is the list so far:
20.   Daniel Muno
19.   Michael Fulmer
18.   Miller Diaz
17.   Dario Alvarez
16.   Jayce Boyd
15.   Rob Whalen
14.   Hansel Robles
13.   Gabriel Ynoa
12.   Gavin Cecchini
11.   Jack Leathersich
10.   Cory Mazzoni
9.      Cesar Puello
8.      Matt Bowman
7.      Akeel Morris
6.      Matt Reynolds

Today, selection #5:

BRANDON NIMMO:  Ahh, Brandon Nimmo. If likeability and earnestness were the sole criteria, he'd be the #1 prospect.  

He does almost always struggle at new and higher levels, like AA in the 2nd half of 2014 and the AFL this fall, so #5 is as high as I go. 

A few writers wrote that he was fatigued in his AFL stint.  Dilson Herrera played 40 winter games in 2013 and kept right on producing.  

I frankly see many ranking Nimmo very highly and figure they must be in the know.  I hope Nimmo's typical career year down the road is more than .260/.350/.400 when he gets to the bigs.   I'll hope for .280/.380/.450. 
He works a lot of walks, which the Mets like a lot.  Patience.  No one has more patience than Mets fans.

I've also read other guys writing that there are hopes we'll see Nimmo in the opening day AAA outfield.  Off of his weak 2nd half of 2014, I am betting instead that he starts out in AA for 3 months, then AAA for the next 2, and a September 2015 call up.  Prove me wrong, Brandon.

And best of luck and wishes for rapid progress in 2015, Mr. Nimmo.

MY TOP 10 LOWER MINORS LIST:
# 1 - Marcos Molina

#2 – Michael Conforto

#3 – Amed Rosario

#4 – Dominic Smith

#5 - Jhoan Urena

#6 – Vicente Lupo

#7 – Wuilmer Becerra

#8 – Luis Guillorme

#9 - Casey Meisner

#10 - Milton Ramos

10 comments:

Lew Rhodes said...

My dream is that Nimmo becomes Paul O'Neil - minus the whining

Seems to have a similar skill set

Mack Ade said...

Lew, your comment is a little harsh.

Thomas Brennan said...

Nimmo will someday be the cornerstone of the franchise. He'll then be known as Captain Nimmo. :)

Lew Rhodes said...

How so Mack?

O'Neil hit 281 HRS, stole 141 bases and retired with a career OPS+ of 120

He had an OPS over 800 7 times in his career - he is likely a much better player than you remember - or you turned off what a good player he was because of his ridiculous whining on the field

I would be e static if Nimmo does that - he hasn't shown me anything to suggest he would be a fringe HOF talent or better - which is what a career better than O'Neil's would be

Lew Rhodes said...

How so Mack?

O'Neil hit 281 HRS, stole 141 bases and retired with a career OPS+ of 120

He had an OPS over 800 7 times in his career - he is likely a much better player than you remember - or you turned off what a good player he was because of his ridiculous whining on the field

I would be e static if Nimmo does that - he hasn't shown me anything to suggest he would be a fringe HOF talent or better - which is what a career better than O'Neil's would be

Anonymous said...

Nimmo is running on hype and it is going to catch up with him. The AFL showed his lack of hitting.

Thomas Brennan said...

Super bowl - WHAT WAS THAT? Pete Carroll had his Terry Collins overthink moment.

Anon, 2015 is going to be a fascinating year for many Mets minor leaguers like Nimmo. Hype only takes you so far...talent has to lead the way eventually.

Mack Ade said...

Thomas -

It was a great game with one of the most exciting (weird catch) ending followed by the worst call (pass attempt instead of 2 runs into the line) in football history.

But it was great to see Walter White survived.

Thomas Brennan said...

I have not watched a lot of football this year, but what a game. The guy with the richochet catch at the 5 yeard line in the last minute was miraculous, and that running back was an absolute bulldozer. How Pete Carroll does not run him the next 2 plays is beyond EVERYONE. But that defensive guy made such a tremendous pick there. He should get a huge bonus for such a heady, wonderful play. Pete Carroll bone-headed it, but if not for that defensive guy, it may have been a game-winning Seattle TD anyway.

Hobie said...

Gotta be immortalized as "The Stupidbowl.:

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