With the No. 13 pick in the MLB draft, the New York Mets took Brandon Nimmo, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound left-handed hitting high-school outfielder from Wyoming, who was also a commit to play baseball Arkansas.
Considering nearly every single draft expert had the Mets looking at college arms, this was a very shocking pick. But let’s add another interesting twist to this story — Nimmo’s high school did not have a high school baseball team, thus the only team he played with was his American Legion team. He also won the MVP at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field where he went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs.
The scouting experts are calling this the ultimate high-risk, high-reward pick for the Mets. Upon hearing the news, ESPN’s Keith Law remarked: “Mets will take Brandon Nimmo. Huge pick for them – finally drafting for ceiling!” SI's Jon Heyman said that Nimmo has similar tools to Rocco Baldelli.
It was thought that Nimmo could fall into the sandwich round because of the obvious question marks around him — he just hasn’t had enough experience to guarantee anything.
If one thing is certain: Nobody can say the new front office is one for taking a conservative approach and Paul DePodesta confirmed this suspension in his press conference regarding the pick:
“We weren’t interested in making the safest pick. We were interested in the pick that could have the most impact.”
DePodesta and scouting director Chad McDonald also said that the team was focused on the "best player on the board" and ideally that was a position player.