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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: BRANDON NIMMO OUTFIELDER NEW YORK METS

Score one for the state of Wyoming.  It is from that non-baseball hotbed locale where one of the hottest hitting outfielders in all of fantasy baseball originated from as the New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo comes off a two-home run game Monday night that continued what has been a scorching stretch at the dish.  Having been drafted by the team in the first round of the 2011 draft, Nimmo took his time reaching the majors and the book on him was that of a decent on-base/batting average hitter who had little in the way of power.  Whether it is through adding strength in growing into his body more or moving closer to prime years (having turned 25 this past March), Nimmo has been one of the few positive stories emanating from the Mets this season. Operating out of the leadoff spot for the majority of the season so far, Nimmo goes into Tuesday's games with the following numbers:

.287
12 HR
22 RBI
35 R
7 SB
26.7 K/9
12.4 BB/9
.358

Add in the terrific .410 OBP and Nimmo has been an on-base machine who all of a sudden has become a power/speed/average stud almost overnight.  While there are clear struggles versus lefties and with strikeouts, Nimmo also has a keen batting eye as shown by his 12.4 BB/9 which helps keep the average in solid territory despite the previous issues we mentioned.  As it is, the Mets are content to leave Nimmo in the leadoff spot where his better than expected steal acumen can work best and where the runs will continue to flow nicely.  The power has really been the story though as Nimmo never showed this type of home run ability previously both with the Mets and in the minors but it is not a total shock given his physical maturity and development as a hitter.  So in the end, Nimmo could be on the way toward one of the best value play seasons in all of fantasy baseball in terms of his five-tool ability and "Finding Nimmo" would be a slam-dunk team name as well. 


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