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Brandon Nimmo

#9 | CF/DH
New York Mets New York Mets
Brandon Nimmo
Name: Brandon Tate Nimmo
Born: Mar 27, 1993 in Cheyenne, WY
High School: East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 207 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (13th overall) by the New York Mets in 2011 (signed for $2,100,000)
Simply getting drafted out of Wyoming is an accomplishment in itself--the state does not have high school baseball and has produced just two draft picks the past decade. Nimmo should become the state's highest pick ever. With a lean, 6-foot-3 frame with projection remaining, he's a good athlete and one of the best sprinters in the state. He tore his right ACL playing football during his junior year in 2009 and spent most of last summer playing with a brace on his knee. He's an above-average runner when he's healthy, which helps him on the basepaths and in center field, and there's more to his game than just speed. Nimmo has a pretty, efficient lefthanded swing. He's short to the ball and has outstanding barrel awareness, consistently squaring balls up and shooting line drives to all fields. He has a good eye at the plate and should be an above-average hitter. As he gets stronger, he could add loft to his swing to turn doubles into home runs. Nimmo worked out for teams in Arizona this spring and had some tendinitis in his knee. His American Legion team started playing in mid-April and their schedule goes right up to the signing deadline, and he has an Arkansas commitment to fall back on. The team that drafts him will likely follow him throughout the summer and make a call at the deadline.
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