told ESPN's Adam Rubin that the organization is confident a deal with first-rounder Brandon Nimmo will be completed prior to the Monday deadline.
The Mets selected Nimmo, a high school outfielder from Wyoming, 13th overall.
Wyoming’s previous best as far as the draft was a sixth-round pick in 1966 by the Philadelphia Phillies, Michael Beaver. His career ended three years later in low-A Walla Walla.
“I guess I do take some pride in that, that I’m representing Wyoming, and showing that great things can come out of Wyoming,” Nimmo said. “I hope that it opens up doors for people from Wyoming. … All these people are saying, ‘You can’t do this. You can’t that. You haven’t faced the good pitching.’ It’s weird to think about it, that this isn’t supposed to happen. I’m not supposed to be picked here. I’m not supposed to do this, do that. It gives you a little bit of something to feed off of -- ‘Well, no one expects anything from me, so I’m just going to go and do my best and try to prove I have something to offer."
Scouting director Chad MacDonald called the well-spoken and glib Nimmo an “impact player, impact person.” DePodesta said Nimmo ranked No. 1 in his graduating class.
“This is a really well-grounded and well-rounded individual,” DePodesta said. “It’s certainly had an impact on our decision-making.”
Nimmo oozed confidence, but displayed not a trace of cockiness, during a conference call with New York writers.
“I’m not going to lie to you, at The Tournament of Stars, that was basically the first time I had seen 90 mph consistently,” Nimmo said, referring to the North Carolina showcase that his coach sneaked him into. “… It didn’t overwhelm me.
“I faced great pitchers, All-Americans, in the Under Armour All-American Game [at Wrigley Field] and I never felt overwhelmed by it. I always felt like my hands were quick enough. I have a picture here at home that my dad printed off. It’s actually me breaking a bat, but it’s on a 97 mph fastball, and it’s off the end on an inside pitch. It’s reassures myself that my hands are quick enough to get to the inside pitch on a 97 mph fastball, and I’m not even as strong as I’m going to be. I have a lot of confidence in myself.”
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