By Jerry Del Priore
When the New Mets drafted outfielder Brandon Nimmo in the first round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, they believed he had a high celling of potential, especially giving the fact that the frigid temperatures of Cheyenne, WY, limited his competitive playing time.
So, Nimmo plied his trade in legion ball during the summer months, while practicing in a barn during the winter.
He steadily improved, and the Mets plucked him with the 13th overall selection, as he progressively climbed the ranks of New York’s minor league ladder.
After making it the “The Show” last year, this season we’re begin to see his potential break through a bit. Sunday’s huge two out, two-run jack in the dessert put the Mets ahead, 4-3, over the Diamondbacks for good, proving a much-needed emotional lift for a team that has been sagging for the better part of the 2018 campaign.
In fact, New York was the fastest team in major league history to go from 10 games over .500 to 10 games below .500 according to the Daily News. So perhaps this could spur the Mets in the right direction.
The go-ahead homer was Nimmo’s 10th of the year and gave him his 17th and 18th RBI of the year, to go along with .274 batting average. In addition, he’s sporting a .402 OBP and a .967 OPS with seven base thefts.
Granted, the 25-year-old’s number aren’t eye-popping, but he’s been clutch this season, and always hustles, even on a walk to first. Therefore, there are plenty reasons to like the energetic jolt Nimmo has been giving a club that has looked like a lifeless, wounded animal at times.
Perhaps this is the start of something positive for Nimmo and the team from Flushing? Maybe?