Small-Town Kid Nimmo Adjusts To Pace Of Big Apple





NEW YORK—Brandon Nimmo jogged around the spacious outfield at Citi Field on Sept. 26, acquainting himself with the territory he hopes to patrol some day. He stepped into the batting cage with nearly every member of the front office attuned to the first-rounder's every movement.

Nimmo spoke to an assemblage of media, too, and he seemed comfortable in each situation. Actually, the only place that the 18-year-old wasn't comfortable was on the streets of New York, not surprising for a kid from Cheyenne, Wyo.

"It's definitely a lot more people," Nimmo said. "It's kind of draining the first day, honestly. It's so many people, and there's so much going on.

"This is my second time down here. I did feel a little more comfortable this time. I knew where I was going. It wasn't like I was totally lost like last time. You get comfortable with it, but it is way different than Wyoming."

Nimmo acclimated quickly during his brief New York session. After his work on the field and in the press conference, he got a chance to chat with David Wright, elicit a greeting from Jose Reyes and meet manager Terry Collins. He then dressed and was back on his way to the airport before the Mets took the field for their game against the Reds.

Because high schools in Wyoming don't offer baseball, Nimmo played American Legion ball and traveled to showcases. Drafted 13th overall this year, he signed at the Aug. 15 deadline and appeared in a total of 10 games in rookie ball, going 8-for-38 (.211) with two home runs.

Nimmo headed to instructional league in September and said he will travel to the organization's Dominican academy in mid-October.

"That's the key part for me right now, to see more at-bats against this competition," he said. "You think you know the game and then you get down there and you're like, 'Oh yeah, I've still got a lot to learn.' This now, hitting on the field and getting up here, I think it provides a lot of motivation to get back here as soon as possible."

METAMORPHOSES

• After a breakthrough season with Triple-A Buffalo, righthander Chris Schwinden earned a September callup and four starts with the Mets. He got hit hard the first time but rebounded to go 0-1, 3.38 with the 13 strikeouts in 16 innings in his final three turns.

• Since his Aug. 8 callup from Buffalo, Ruben Tejada had batted .327/.393/.410 in 156 at-bats while splitting his time between shortstop and second base. His average ranked eighth in the National League in that time.