Salt Lake City, Utah —— Entering play on Tuesday night, New York Mets outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo is slashing .220/.361/.390/.751 across two levels of the minor leagues in 2017, including a .220/.357/.376/.733 line in 36 games with the Las Vegas 51s, with 11 doubles, three home runs, and 28 walks across 141 at-bats. I observed the New York Mets’ outfield prospect during a 51s road series in Salt Lake last week; below is Baseball Census‘ full Brandon Nimmo scouting report, including video.
Brandon Nimmo Scouting Report — Video
Our scouting video of New York Mets’ outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo comes from a June 5, 2017 contest on the road against the Salt Lake Bees:
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Brandon Nimmo Scouting Report — Offense
Brandon Nimmo has a tall, lean build, and generates a lot of his power from his hips. He doesn’t hit a lot of homers, but has plenty of power to drive the ball deep into the gaps. Extremely patient hitter, as evidenced by his walk rate, and that’s a product of seeing the ball deep and taking very good at-bats. Two toe taps to load his swing help with his timing. Has a very strict strike zone at the plate and rarely chases anything outside of it. His strong eye at the plate allows him a chance to reach base even if he’s going through a slump with his bat. For example, he’s struggling at the plate right now, and yet still carries a .361 OBP with 33 walks in just 41 games already this year. Doesn’t seem to let slumps effect his mental approach. Despite drawing lots of walks off both left- and right-handed hitters, but he’s struggled to get hits off of lefties this year. He was better against lefties last year, so I wouldn’t be surprised for his splits to normalize once his bat comes back around and he gets more at-bats. Nothing very notable about his baserunning, it’s about average in every aspect. Not fast enough to steal a bunch, but fast enough to occasionally stretch out doubles, and he shows good instincts and low tendency to take risks on the bases.
Brandon Nimmo Scouting Report — Defense
Capable of playing all three outfield positions. Excellent ability to read the ball off the bat and has a quick first step, so center field definitely remains a long-term possibility in an everyday role. He’s had some leg injuries, including a strained hamstring in the World Baseball Classic, so left field might be preferable to lower injury risk—and he’s fighting through injuries early this year, to boot. Average arm and average accuracy are enough to have him play full time. Not sure he has the arm strength to play right field full time, but he could fill in there and across all three outfield spots in a utility role with ease. Should eventually profile as an intriguing on-base option as an outfielder in the big leagues or, if he can’t hit for enough power down the road, may be best suited as a fourth outfielder with some versatility who can come off the bench at take good at-bats.
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