Showing posts with label Brandon Nimmo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brandon Nimmo. Show all posts

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Citizen Bank Park, Harvey, Shoppach, Quick Pitch, Cecchini, Nimmo, Bye-Bye Buffalo, First basemen Homers

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets are now 7-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season. And they already have clinched their third series win in Philadelphia in 2012. The only other season in which the Amazin's won three series of three-plus games in the City of Brotherly Love came in 1989.

Collins acknowledged pregame that Harvey is expected to be shut down before the end of the season due to an innings limit. Including Wednesday's workload and his minor league duty, Harvey has now logged 152 1/3 innings. Sandy Alderson previously suggested Harvey may be capped in the 165- to 170-inning range, although a team insider said the total may get to 175.

Kelly Shoppach started the past two games, although Collins said Josh Thole now would catch through Saturday, with Shoppach's next opportunity Sunday in Miami against southpaw Mark Buehrle. The manager said Shoppach needs to play enough so the Mets can gauge if he's a match for 2013. Thole is 0-for-21 over his past seven starts. “We’re going to see more righties than lefties,” Collins said. “I want to give Kelly a shot. We brought him here to find out if it’s going to be a fit. So I think he needs some playing time to find that out.”

The Mets entered Wednesday averaging just 20.4 seconds between pitches, according to FanGraphs, the fastest pace in the majors. Their starting pitchers have been particularly brisk, averaging 19.4 seconds between pitches, more than half a second faster than any other team. There is, of course, no trophy for working the fastest. And speed is not a prerequisite for success. But Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen strongly discourages pitchers from dawdling on the mound.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Santana Shutdown?, Instant Replay, Cablevision, Nimmo, Mejia, Duda, Nieuwenhuis, Hairston, Nitkowski

Mets News and Notes:

Pitching coach Dan Warthen briefly mentioned Santana's back during a postgame interview, but Santana insisted he was healthy despite an 8.27 ERA in 10 starts since his June 1 no-hitter. Mets brass likely will huddle to discuss Santana, with shutting down the southpaw among the topics to consider, although it would seem likely Santana gets another opportunity with an extra day of rest Thursday at Citi Field against Colorado. Santana, though, has not been dismissive of shutting down his season before his teammates -- receptiveness that suggests it probably will happen at some point before the Mets wrap up their season in Miami Oct. 3.

More instant replay, at least unofficially, is coming to Citi Field this season. Major League Baseball will experiment with technology to determine fair and foul balls. The technology will be tested, not influence game decisions. A competing system will be tested at Yankee Stadium.

"Hawkeye," the camera-based technology used in tennis, will be tested at Citi Field, both during Mets games in September and on off days. A radar-based system, similar to the technology used to track shots in golf telecasts, will be tested at Yankee Stadium. That technology, officials said, has not previously been used to review calls in any sport. Baseball also plans to test both systems during the Arizona Fall League and present the results at the next owners meetings in November.

Friday, August 03, 2012

A Diamond In The Rough: Brandon Nimmo

When the state of Wyoming comes into ones mind, most people probably think of ranches, farmers, mountains, bull riding etc. Baseball is not even a thought to most people. However, that is not the case for Cheyenne native, Brandon Nimmo. Since high school baseball doesn't exist in Wyoming, American Legion is the only way to play competitively.

In 2010, Nimmo played in 70 games for his Post 6 team, and collected a .448 batting average, with 15 homers and 84 runs batted in. Brandon also converted 34 of 34 stolen base attempts. Even with these kind of numbers, Nimmo was not really getting that much attention. Luckily, Brandon's American Legion coach was going to be one of the coaches at the Tournament of Stars in North Carolina, and suggested to give Nimmo an invite. He did not disappoint, and his performance earned him a spot to play at the Under Armour All American game in Chicago's very own, Wrigley Field. Nimmo shined at the game going 2-4 with a triple, and two runs batted in. He was named MVP of the game and from then on, everyone knew Brandon Nimmo.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Cecchini, Nimmo, Mejia, Harvey, Beato, Scouts Say

Today's Mets News and Notes:

The Brooklyn Cyclones open play Monday against Staten Island, with Kingsport beginning its schedule the following day. Farmhands generally will break camp from Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Friday -- with high school prospects more likely to head to the Appalachian League and the college players to Coney Island.

First-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a prep shortstop from Louisiana, will play for manager Jose Leger with the K-Mets.

2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo has been expected to be sent to Brooklyn, while 2009 top pick Steven Matz was expected to end up in Kingsport.

After making seven starts across three levels of the minors, Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to make his bullpen debut with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday or Friday. The script calls for Mejia to face different types of situations -- mid-inning, back-to-back days -- over a two-week span. After that, Mejia could find himself in the major league bullpen.

Observers continue to express concern about the lack of development of a changeup with 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey. In his most recent outing, Friday at Columbus with a bevy of scouts on hand, Harvey opened the first inning by throwing a changeup. He then served up a homer to former Mets farmhand Ezequiel Carrera later in the at-bat on that pitch. Afterward, Harvey threw the changeup only once or twice more the remainder of his 90-pitch, four-inning outing.  

Monday, September 26, 2011

First Round Pick Brandon Nimmo Takes BP at Citi Field

In Brandon Nimmo's words, "a little portion of the dream came true" on Monday afternoon, when the 18-year-old took batting practice in front of a gaggle of scouts and front-office personnel at Citi Field.

The 13th overall selection in June's First-Year Player Draft and the organization's top position-player prospect, the outfielder was on a brief hiatus from the instructional league, where he is extending his first professional season into autumn.

Consider it a reward, of sorts, for being a critical piece of the organization's future.

"Jose Reyes, he said 'hi' to me," Nimmo said of his experience at Citi. "I felt pretty cool about that."

Nimmo, who signed with the Mets minutes prior to Major League Baseball's mid-August deadline, hit .241 with two home runs in seven games in the Class A Gulf Coast League before advancing to Class A Kingsport for another three games to close his season. Overall, he hit .211 while adapting to pro baseball and meeting, perhaps, some of his future teammates.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Future of the Mets: Brandon Nimmo poses with Zach Wheeler (Photo)

Mets #1 Pick OF Brandon Nimmo officially signs

The New York Mets late last night have signed outfielder Brandon Nimmo, their first-round pick in the June amateur draft, to a minor league deal with a $2.1 million signing bonus.

Nimmo, of Cheyenne East High in Wyoming, was taken with the 13th pick overall. He played American Legion ball because Wyoming doesn't have high school ball. He hit .551 with 14 homers, 99 RBIs and 33 stolen bases this year and helped Post 6 win its third straight state title.

The Mets also agreed to terms with their third-round pick, right-hander Logan Verrett of Baylor, their 15th-round pick, infielder Phillip Evans of La Costa Canyon High near San Diego, and their 16th-rounder, outfielder Bradley Marquez of Odessa High in Texas.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Signing Nimmo (1st round draft pick)

Midnight is the deadline to sign first-round pick Brandon Nimmo. A team official told that he expected the deal to be completed/announced in the late evening.

Posturing, Nimmo's father Ron said in the Post: "(The Mets) have some work to do. There's some disparity. It's not all about the money. You get one shot at this deal and you're going to have to live off this for six years."

If Nimmo went to the University of Arkansas instead of signing, he would be walking away from roughly $2 million. And at a four-year school, Nimmo would be ineligible to be drafted until after his junior season. So Mets officials know it's just a waiting game and he'll sign.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mets confident (1st round draft pick) Brandon Nimmo will get deal done before Monday deadline

A Mets official 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."

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Mets #1 Pick OF Brandon Nimmo remains unsigned

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, First-round pick OF Brandon Nimmo remains unsigned, and GM Sandy Alderson iterated his patience by saying,

"We've got seven out of 33 in the first round signed," Alderson said, referring to the first picks for each MLB team, plus three additional picks technically part of the first round. "Most of them are going to sign on the last day."

The deadline is Aug. 15. Nimmo, drafted 13th overall, is a high school outfielder from Wyoming.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Video: Meet the Mets 1st Round Draft Pick, Brandon Nimmo

New York Mets beat writer Andy McCullough took advantage last week's Major League Baseball All-Star break to spend time in Wyoming with the Mets top 2011 draft pick (and 13th overall), Brandon Nimmo, an 18-year-old outfielder from Cheyenne who never played high school ball and perfected his swing inside a barn built by his father. Star-Ledger video by Andrew Mills

Monday, June 06, 2011

Mets Select #13 Pick - OF Brandon Nimmo

The Mets Shock the world by not taking a pitcher and going after a outfielder.

The Mets selected Brandon Nimmo, a high school outfielder from Wyoming, with the 13th pick in the First-Year Player Draft tonight.

His high school, Cheyenne East, does not field a baseball team, but scouts flocked to his American Legion games.

The Mets opted for Nimmo over a large raft of available college pitchers. Perhaps they figured they could find comparable arms in the sandwich round, when they pick 44th.

Here is a videos on Brandon Nimmo

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