After the New York Mets drafted Brandon Nimmo in the first round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft as an 18-year-old out of East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, New York shipped him to Florida, then Kingsport, Tennessee, for his first year of professional baseball.
Nimmo spent his time with the rookie league Gulf Coast Mets and Kingsport Mets, where he played in a total of ten games while hitting two home runs and driving in four RBI that campaign.
The next season, the Mets sent Nimmo to the short-season Class A Brooklyn Cyclones (NYPL), and I had the opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of their future. In 266 at-bats in 66 tilts, Nimmo batted .248 with six long balls, 40 RBI, and 46 walks, good for a nice .372 OBP – decent numbers.
However, that was only part of Nimmo’s story. What really impressed me was that he flat-out hustled all the time, flashed a megawatt smile that lit up Coney Island, and always signed autographs for the fans.
But the wide-eyed youngster did something even more interesting and enlightening: he kneeled down on one knee and prayed before taking the outfield.
It moved and inspired me, that a promising minor league baseball prospect would do more than a sign of the cross before each at bat.
I learned that Nimmo is devout Christian, something that he takes great pride in. He wasn’t, and still isn’t, afraid to give public thanks to the Lord. He often speaks at churches about his commitment to Jesus and doing the right thing as a Christian, as well as a human being.
Additionally, the six-foot-three-inch, 207-pound outfielder often shares Bible verses for his 61,000 Twitter followers to read @You_Found_Nimmo.
Nimmo’s positive actions have helped me pass on being a positive role model for our youth, as I volunteer my time at St. Patrick’s Youth Ministry in Chatham, New Jersey.
So, now that he’s healthy, let’s hope the left-handed-hitting dynamo can produce the numbers he did in 2018 when he batted .263 with a .404 OBP and slugged 17 home runs.
Moreover, it makes me, as a Mets fan, more than happy to root for a player who sees the bigger picture in this thing we call life. Baseball can use more people like him in it.
Praise the Lord!
— Jerry Del Priore