Brandon Nimmo has been one of the few positives to come out of Queens in 2018. He and his smile have been all over the field, offensively and defensively, and has been the Mets’ most productive and consistent bat as of late.
Nimmo was never supposed to be the story in 2018. While he was always adored by Mets fans, he usually took a back seat to fellow outfielder Michael Conforto. With Conforto having a bit of a rough start to his season, and Nimmo staying scorching hot, all the attention has been placed on the happiest baseball player in all the land.
Numbers to Smile About
Through the first third of the season, the left-handed batter has earned himself a .294 batting average, and a more-than-respectable OPS of 1.033. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Nimmo did not have a ton of playing time throughout the first third of the season.
Nimmo started 2018 as a bench player behind Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares (who was keeping center field warm for an injured Michael Conforto), and Jay Bruce. Nimmo would see some time in center as Lagares was more of a defensive player, while Nimmo himself was more known for his on-base presence but starts were scarce for the Wyoming native.
When Nimmo did start for manager Mickey Callaway, all he did was find a way to get himself on base. Early in the season, Nimmo was all about getting deep into counts. He was using his patience more than his power to help out his ball club, and it was working.
Nimmo has had the chance to start pretty much every day with Cespedes out for the foreseeable future with a hip injury. With less pressure to get on base, he has been able to show off his power, slugging seven home runs on this season alone. He also has himself 17 extra-base hits through the first third of the season, which is the same number of extra-base hits he had all of last year in 215 plate appearances in 69 games. He has matched that total already this year, except in 149 plate appearances in 46 games.
Nimmo is even leading the Mets in stolen bases with 5 under his belt and is second in walks with 21. What can’t this guy do?
Is an All-Star appearance in Brandon’s future?
There is every chance that Nimmo will find himself at Nationals Park when the All-Star break rolls around. Mets fans are some of the most passionate fans in baseball, and they seem to have taken a real liking to Nimmo. If the Flushing Faithful want Nimmo at the All-Star game, then he will be if they can round up enough votes.
Nimmo is not on the All-Star ballot, but making the team as a write-in candidate is becoming increasingly possible with each passing inning in which he absolutely crushes it.
Michael Conforto, who was not on the All-Star ballot last year, ended up being the Mets lone representative in Miami in 2017. Mets fans are very powerful when they are passionate about one of their players. Nimmo is following a similar narrative in 2018, so perhaps the same fate awaits.
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