With the 13th pick of the 2011 first year player draft, the Mets went in an unusual direction: they went the risky route. They drafted a high center fielder by the name of Brandon Nimmo.
Nimmo, 18, is from Wyoming, and has big power potential. Nimmo actually never played high school baseball, instead playing American Legion ball, because his school doesn’t have a baseball team. He is apparently asking for a $2.5 million signing bonus, well above the slot recommendation. The August 15th deadline is approaching fast and the Mets aren’t close to signing him. I don’t think this is the time to panic, as most of the first round draftees usually sign on the last day anyway.
Just pay the man. What can they possibly use the $2.5 million for anyway? It’s not like they can use the money to sign a big free agent, so why not invest it in the future. If you want to build a farm system, you have to pay the price.
If you don’t know much about Nimmo, you can read a little about him:
- Nimmo talks about his five tools to NJ.com
- See a full article about Nimmo growing up and his plans for the future on NJ.com
- View a report on Nimmo on Scout.com
- Pre-draft Q&A at Scout.com