Taking a closer look at how the Mets top OF prospect fared in 2014 against lefties and righties during his two stops in the Mets farm system.
Brandon Nimmo had a very strong season across two levels in 2014, dominating the Florida State League (A+) in the first half of the summer and keeping his head above water in the Eastern League (AA) in the second half. He showed strong defense in the OF, spending most of his time in CF during the regular season – he played all 56 games in the field at CF for St. Lucie (he DH’d 6 times) and 44 out of 65 games at CF for Binghamton, with the other 21 coming at LF – before starting 7 out of 8 games in LF during the playoffs, while the hot bat of Darrell Ceciliani played CF. And Nimmo was a plus on the base paths, stealing 14 bases in 17 attempts (82.4%) between A+ and AA. He was so good that Mets GM Sandy Alderson said,
“…He has probably done enough to warrant a AAA assignment coming out of spring training.”
As with any prospect, whether or not Nimmo shows platoon splits is an important factor in determining his overall future value, so I wanted to take a quick look at how the top prospect did against lefties and righties in his age-21 season in the minors.