Brandon Tate Nimmo graduated from Cheyenne East (WY) High School where he played American Legion ball for Post 6 because his high school did not have a baseball team…He won the MVP at the 2010 Under Armour AllAmerica Game at Wrigley Field…Also played football and ran track in high school...Became the first-ever first-round draft pick from the state of Wyoming...Became the 16th player born in Wyoming to play in the major leagues...Committed to the University of Arkansas before signing with the Mets...His father wrestled collegiately, while his brother was an outfielder for four years at the University of Nebraska, playing in the 2005 College World Series...Was Santa at the Mets annual Kids Holiday Party in 2017...Appeared as an elf at the Mets annual Kids Holiday Party in December, 2016 to help hand out presents to children...Participated in the inaugural Kids Holiday Shopping Spree on December 14, 2016 at Target in College Point, Queens...Helped children pick out holiday gifts for them and their families...Attended New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York State of the State in Albany on January 4, 2018.
Began the season on the 10-Day Disabled List (right hamstring) and was optioned to Las Vegas (AAA) on May 16...Was recalled from Vegas on June 16 before landing on the 10-Day DL on July 8 with a partially collapsed lung (retroactive to July 5)... Activated from the DL on July 28...Established career-highs in games played (69), hits (46), doubles (11), triples (one), home runs (five), RBI (21), runs (26), stolen bases (two) and walks (33)...Had the fourth-best on-base percentage (.379) among major league rookies (third-best among NL rookies)...Trailed Aaron Judge (.422), Rhys Hoskins (.396) and José Martinez (.379)... His 33 walks were seventh-most among NL rookies...Had 15.3% walk rate, which was tied for the 10th-highest among players with 200 or more plate appearances...According to Statcast, he swung at 13.3% of pitches outside the strike zone, the third-lowest among more than 400 hitters who saw at least 250 or more pitches out of the strike zone...Batted .281 (38-135) with nine doubles and all five of his home runs vs. righthanded pitching...Was 5-16 (.313) with two doubles, two RBI and four walks as a pinch-hitter...In his major-league career, Nimmo is a .393 (11- 28) hitter as a pinch-hitter...Reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances on August 23 vs. Arizona...In doing so, Nimmo became the fourth rookie in franchise history to start in the leadoff spot and reach base safely in every plate appearance with at least four times up to bat...The other rookies to accomplish the feat were Mookie Wilson (1981), Gregg Jefferies (1989) and Kazuo Matsui (2004)...The last rookie on any team to do so was Washington's Trea Turner, on August 23, 2016 at Baltimore... Research courtesy of Elias...Reached base safely in a career-best 10 straight games from August 27-September 5...Turned in his first career multi-homer game on September 7 vs. Cincinnati...Finished the day 3-4 with three RBI and three runs scored...His three hits and three RBI matched his careerhighs while his three runs scored were a new career-high...Was the second Mets rookie with two homers from the clean-up spot...Jesse Gonder also did so on July 11, 1963 vs. the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds...Played for Team Italy during the 2017 World Baseball Classic (three games)...Suffered a strained right hamstring while playing for Italy.
Received his first call-up to the major leagues on June 25 and stayed with the Mets through July 18...Was also with the Mets July 29-August 2, August 4-10 and September 6 through the end of the season...Made his major league debut on June 26 at Atlanta and went 0-4...Grabbed his first major league hit a day later on June 27 at Washington (a single off Joe Ross)...Recorded his first RBI on June 30 vs. Chicago-NL... Came on the ninth pitch of his at-bat in the seventh inning to ignite the Mets' game-winning rally...Hit his first major league homer off Jason Hammel in the fourth inning on July 1 at Citi Field...Finished the game with a career-high three RBI...Batted .385 (5-13) with one double and one RBI in 11 games played in September after being recalled...Went 6-12 (.500) as a pinch-hitter with the Mets and reached base safely in six of his last seven pinchhitting attempts...Named the Sterling Minor League Organizational CoPlayer of the Year along with infield prospect Amed Rosario...The award is given annually by the Mets organization to the top player(s) in their minor league system...Batted .352 (138-392) with 25 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs, 61 RBI and a .423 on-base percentage in 97 games with Las Vegas (AAA)...His 25 doubles, 11 home runs, 61 RBI and 138 hits were all career highs...Finished second in the PCL with his .352 batting average behind teammate T.J. Rivera...Nimmo led the league in on-base percentage (.423) and was fourth in slugging percentage (.541)...Named a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star...Received the Webster Award at the end of the season, given annually to the Mets minor leaguer who best exemplifies the integrity and character displayed by Richard Webster
Began the year with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League…Promoted to Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on July 28...Was on the Disabled List from May 16-June 14 with a sprained left knee...Played four rehabilitation games with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League from June 14-June 17... Participated in the SiriusXM Futures Game in Cincinnati on July 12...Went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored while playing centerfield....Named to the mid-season Eastern League AllStar team...Compiled a .297 (41-138) batting average in 34 games in April and May while playing for Binghamton....With Binghamton, he hit .281 (59-210) vs. righthanded pitching and .271 (16-59) vs. lefthanded pitching...Put together one, four-hit game at New Hampshire on June 20 (4-for-5), 15, two-hit games and, four, three-hit contests....Hit safely in 14 straight games from May 9-June 25 (.383, 23-60)... Was 19-64 (.297) with three home runs vs. righthanded pitching after his promotion to Las Vegas (AAA) of the International League....Went 4-5 with a home run and two RBI vs. Tacoma on September 4.
Spent the entire season at Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League…Named a SAL All-Star...His 71 walks were third most in the league, while his .397 on-base percentage was fourth...Hit .302 (49-162) with a .404 on-base percentage in 42 games prior to the All-Star break…Hit .302 (62-205) with a .421 on-base percentage in 56 road games...Went 10-17 (.588) when hitting first in the line-up...Went on the Disabled List on May 9 with a left hand contusion…Returned on May 28...Made 106 starts in centerfield…Finished with six assists and seven errors in 239 total chances...Had the majority of his at-bats in the two-hole…Hit .270 (93-345) with 22 extra-base hits (15 doubles, six triples, one home run) in that spot.
Made his Single-A debut, playing the whole year with Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League...Drove in a career-best six runs, August 17 at Tri-City…Hit his first professional grand slam in that game...His 40 RBI tied for fifth in the league while his 20 doubles were fourth…His 28 extra-base hits ranked third and his 46 walks were second.
Made his professional debut with the GCL Mets (R) of the Gulf Coast League…Finished the season with three games with Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League.