Brandon Nimmo And A Catcher Full Of Consonants
Yesterday, I made the hour trip to Rome for my first look at 2011 Mets first rounder Brandon Nimmo. New York has been slow to develop the young outfielder leading to questions about his ceiling. Last season, a scouting contact compared him to Texas Rangers David Murphy.
As a former first round pick, the Red Sox shipped Murphy to Texas in the Eric Gagne deal. Since 2008, Murphy has surpassed 400 plate appearances each season, becoming an above average Major League hitter in the process.
In the Ottoneu Experts League, Murphy contributed $15.30 in value while costing only $1 last season. Other players might be more valuable overall, but few are accrue $14+ in excess value over the course of a season.
After scouting Nimmo, I understood the comparison in terms of size and projection. However, Nimmo’s baseball movements are more fluid and easy. When he barrels the baseball, it’s one of the prettier prospect swings scouted in person. His contact skills and present power have me thinking there’s more in the tank as he fills out too.
At his peak, I see a .285/.350/.450 guy with 15+ home runs and 8-10 stolen bases. J.D. Sussman and I have had discussions about Nimmo before about his being overly passive at the plate. If yesterday was any indication, this has been remedied.
In deeper leagues, I’d be looking to acquire him on the cheap before he has the chance to take off.
Just don’t count on Nimmo as a center fielder at the MLB level. I haven’t seen enough of his defense to dismiss him from playing up the middle, but I’d rather see him continue to fill out and mature. If this pushes him to a corner, I’m fine with it.
Kevin Plawecki, a Mets 2012 first rounder was behind the plate and impressed with the bat. He struck out twice, but I liked Plawecki’s bat speed and swing plane enough to recommend you add the right-handed hitter in deep and N.L. only leagues where 150-200 prospects are owned. Plus, he looked good enough behind the plate for me to believe he can stick.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of keeping catching prospects around, but it’s a matter of preference. Depending on your league format, it might be a necessity.
Shortstop Phillip Evans also took the field for the Savannah Mets. I use the term shortstop loosely because he doesn’t project as one in the end. Evans is listed at 185 pounds, but he’s closer to 205.
He possessed a short, line drive stroke, but his being ranked as a top-20 organizational prospects is more a product of a lack of depth throughout the system than Evans being truly legit.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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