Mets Select HS OF Brandon Nimmo

Nimmo is the Mets' highest prep pick since 2007

With their first pick in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the New York Mets selected outfielder Brandon Nimmo out of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The left-handed hitting Nimmo represents a recent change in the Mets' thinking atop the draft board, but he is a high upside bat that adds to an already strong crop of outfielders.

The Mets used their 13th overall selection to draft Cheyenne, Wyo. outfielder Brandon Nimmo. The high school product – who did not have a high school team of his own to play on – is the first prep position player the Mets have selected with their top pick since Lastings Milledge in 2003. He is the first high schooler taken in the first or compensation first round by the Mets since Nathan Vineyard (Woodland HS, Ga.) in 2007.

Nimmo's selection is certainly a departure from what was the norm under the old regime, that being the "safe" selection of established college pitchers – starters or relievers – that were presumed capable of moving up the ladder in a short time.

That focus has certainly shifted with Nimmo, who will have the time to development at his own pace without the organization pushing him up the ladder. Nimmo is a 6'1"-6'2", 185-pounder who was a multi-sport athlete in high school. He does, however, have a history of a knee injury that occurred his last season playing football.

As noted, Nimmo comes from environment where there is no high school baseball. Wyoming along with South Dakota and Montana did not have the sport, leaving Nimmo to play in American Legion and other specialty circuits. As for that balance of being such a highly-touted talent without the ability to play on a regular basis throughout the year?

"The disadvantages are pretty obvious - we don't get to play year-round and we don't play as many games as the kids from Florida, Texas, or southern California. Out here when you start playing in front of scouts and stuff you're not in mid-season form because you've been cooped up in a basketball gym where you can only throw the ball so far – there's no long toss or anything – and there's not live pitching, just hitting in the cage, off the tee, or soft-toss," Nimmo told our colleague Kevin Levine-Flandrup at PinstripesPlus.com.

"An advantage I know of for sure is that I get to play more than one sport; I can dip into every sport that I want and not have to focus on just one sport in in my high school career," he continued. "I know they sometimes go to one sport in those other areas very seriously early on in. That's an advantage up here, and I think it's great because you don't get burnt out on anything, and more importantly you get to struggle."

That disruption in his baseball schedule is unlike many of the highest rated collegiate and prep prospects from warmer climates, which could make his learning curve a bit steeper. However, the moral of this pick for the Mets is that, under this new regime, the message is clear – the New York Mets will go for the player they perceive to have the highest ceiling, not who could don a Mets' uniform the quickest. At the very least, it is a refreshing development.

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