Draft Prospect: Brandon Nimmo | The Process Report

Draft Prospect: Brandon Nimmo

It was a minor upset that the most obvious angle between two players in the Rays-Yankees serious went untouched during their recent series.

Once upon a time, during the 2008 season, the Angels decided to get an offensive upgrade at first base. In order to do so, they parted with Casey Kotchman and a reliever named Stephen Marek, shipping the pair to Atlanta for Mark Teixeira. A free agent to be, Teixeira’s Angels tenure ended after the first round of the playoffs (the everlasting scene is Scott Boras hanging out behind home plate during games at Angels Stadium).

With Teixeira bound for greenback glory, the Angels offered him arbitration and received compensatory picks when he signed with the Yankees. Then, more than six months later, the Angels used that 26th pick on a high schooler outfielder from New Jersey named Mike Trout. (They used their next compensatory pick on Tyler Skaggs, who later helped them acquired Dan Haren.) Jersey is not known as a baseball state, so Trout may have been overlooked to a degree, but just three years later, he is lauded as one of the top prospects in baseball.

Odds are you will hear Trout’s story referenced with Brandon Nimmo during the post-draft fluff pieces. Wyoming produces baseball players at the same rate as Florida produces polar bears, but the 6-foot-3 Nimmo is an exception. Besides the obvious geographical concerns, Nimmo suffered a torn ACL during a football game in 2009 and has a commitment to Arkansas that a team will have to pry him away from—the cost of which might be $2 million, as reported earlier this month by Keith Law.

Baseball America ranked him as their 37th best draft prospect, citing his athleticism, barrel awareness (i.e., he squares the ball up well), and swing efficiency as reasons a team will pop him early in the draft. In MLB.com’s draft profile, Jonathan Mayo throws a Paul O’Neill comparison Nimmo’s way. When it comes to the draft, often the Rays picks fit into a typecast: athletic players, often two- or three-sport stars, with high ceilings and (lately) good makeup. Todd Glaesmann and Desmond Jennings were football players, Josh Sale is the son of two bodybuilders, and so on. Nimmo fits the bill, whether it’s enough for him to end up in Rays garb will be determined soon enough.



2 Comments

  1. Kevin wrote:

    I have to stick up for Jersey real quick. We produce talent at a *much* higher rate than pretty much anywhere else in the northeast. A lot go to college somewhere warmer (duh), but our high schools have graduated Trout, Anthony Ranaudo, Todd Frazier, Rick Porcello, and Jason Knapp lately. Frazier was even stupid enough to go to Rutgers 🙂

    So yeah, it’s not a Florida or Texas, but it’s a clear cut or three above Wyoming, who has produced two draft picks total in the last decade.

    Conclusion: I hope the Rays draft Nimmo.

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