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Saturday, June 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: BRANDON NIMMO OUTFIELDER NEW YORK METS

Wyoming is not what you would consider to be a hotbed of baseball talent.  However that is the home locale of former 2011 New York Mets first round pick Brandon Nimmo.  Despite the long and harsh winters there, Nimmo showed enough to become the first pick of the successful Sandy Alderson regime for the Mets but it took a bit of time before the outfielder finally made his way to the bigs.  That call came on Saturday as Nimmo takes the place of struggling top outfield pick Michael Conforto on the active roster.  So with Nimmo set to debut on Sunday, let's get to know him a bit better from a fantasy baseball angle. 

At 23-years-old, Nimmo is still young but also getting a bit older when it comes to being a prime prospect.  Lauded for his pure hitting upon being drafted, Nimmo was initially quite disappointing with his overall hitting and showed next to no power.  The Mets stayed patient though and finally they started seeing some nice results in 2016 as Nimmo shortened his swing more and sprayed the ball to all fields.  That allowed Nimmo to post a scorching .326 batting average, while also smacking 5 home runs and stealing 5 bases.  Nice overall numbers for sure but they also have to be taken with a bit of a grain of salt due to the fact Nimmo achieved them in the offensive haven that is the Pacific Coast League.  Moving from there to the spacious park in Citi Field means there may not be much of any power from Nimmo initially.  However there is no reason he can't post a useful average and help a bit in the runs and RBI categories.  Nimmo also can chip in some steals as he possesses some good speed. 

Overall, this is a sure-fire pickup in NL-only formats and even in mixers you can make a play here to see where this goes.  Nimmo is not considered a big power guy which caps his potential but again some guys tend to take off at the major league level as they move away from the boredom of the minors. 



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