Yesterday, the Mets drafted left-handed outfielder Brandon Nimmo from East High School, Cheyenne with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 MLB First Year Amateur Player Draft. Nimmo, who oddly never played high school ball, was committed to Arkansas but is now content on going to the Mets. He did not play baseball in high school because frankly, they didn't have a team. Despite that, he still played baseball for Cheyenne American Legion Post 6, leading them with a .448 average, 84 RBIs and 15 home runs, while also stealing a perfect 34 bases in 34 attempts. Many people are excited about this pick, and when asked about the pick, Keith Law exclaimed that the Mets are "finally drafting for ceiling!"
I am in love with this pick. Nimmo has a smooth, fantastic swing that makes the ball jump off his bat, and has great speed to go along with it. In addition, the Mets are in need of drafting and nurturing their own stars now that they have decided to spend less, and that is how you do that. To develop your own stars, you have to take risks in the draft, and you have to go for high-ceiling type players. If they can figure out a way to resign Reyes, they can have a fantastic team in a few years if Nimmo turns out to play at his ceiling. I see Nimmo coming to the major league club in 2014.
Next, in the compensatory round, the Mets drafted Michael Fulmer, another high schooler who also has a commitment to Arkansas. He too is happy to become a New York Met. Fulmer does not have as a high ceiling as Nimmo, but could develop in to a number two pitcher in a rotation. Fulmer played for Deer Creek High School, Oklahoma, leading the way going 10-2 with a .72 ERA.
I am also very excited about Fulmer. He has a low to mid 90s fastball and also carries an excellent curve with two plane break. From what I saw of him online, he is very poised on the mound, and can also hit if his pitching fails him. I see him in our rotation in 2014, maybe even 2013.
Here is some video of Nimmo:
And here is some video of Fulmer: