With one hit in each game Friday through Sunday, 19-year old Brandon Nimmo extended his hitting streak to seven games. It’s not just that he’s hitting, but he’s showing real secondary skills: power and patience. He doubled Saturday (his 19th), homered on Sunday (his fifth) and walked three times Saturday and once on Sunday.
The 2011 first rounder is hitting .271/.394/.428 with 25 extra-base hits, 41 walks against 70 strikeouts in a league that averages .246/.319/.346. While playing as young for the NYP, he is second in doubles, tied for third in extra-base hits and tied for first in walks. The only negative: he’s third in strikeouts.
Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Parks was impressed:
Brandon Nimmo has fantastic hands. He keeps them loaded close to his body and just explodes into the ball. This kid has something. #Mets—
Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) August 26, 2012
An o-for-3 on Sunday, snapped fellow 19-year old SS Philip Evans’ six-game hitting streak. He’s sitting at .246/.329/.340 for the year with a solid 40/29 K/BB ratio in 64 games but, despite a pull-heavy approach, lacks the in-game power of Nimmo.
Saturday: Hansel Robles in an 11-0 win at home versus Staten Island: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K – 1.20 ERA
Friday: Luis Mateo on Friday in a 5-1 loss at Staten Island: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. That’s good. – 2.58 ERA
Sunday: RHP Julian Hilario in a 12-2 loss at Staten Island: .1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 3.65 ERA
All three 22-year olds have had very good seasons, but of this trio I’ll take Mateo, who has the best fastball, the best build (6’3″ to 6’1″ for Hilario and 5’11” for Robles) highest strikeout rate, and the best K/BB.