We’ve browsed numerous college campuses in search of the Reds first pick, No. 27 overall, in the MLB Draft June 6. Now let’s turn our attention to the high school ranks and have a look at Brandon Nimmo, an OF from Cheyenne (Wyo.) East HS. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo predicts Cincinnati to select Nimmo.
Finding Nimmo on the baseball field is a challenge. Wyoming has no high school baseball season. Nimmo, though, has played on the showcase circuit and 76 games of American Legion ball last season, impressing scouts with his athleticism, hitting ability, power and speed. Credible stats on Nimmo almost are non-existent.
Nimmo (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) bats left-handed and throws right-handed. His brother, Bryce, played at Nebraska. Nimmo has signed with Arkansas. He has tools that one National League scout said “you can dream on.” With a strong, rugged build and probably the ability to stick in CF, Nimmo is more polished than most prospects from Wyoming.
Because of his history, Nimmo might be a better fit for a team with multiple picks, but Baseball America has him not lasting past the Mets at No. 13. Other mocks have Nimmo going as late as No. 32.
A Rockies fan, Nimmo tore his ACL playing football as a junior, but still runs well, covering 60 yards in 6.54 seconds. He has run a 51.45 400 meters and a 23.57 200 meters.
Nimmo is a combination of speed, power and athleticism. He features a quick bat, a swing with some loft and can catch up to quality fastballs. Nimmo gets his arms extended to project for power. He has a decent arm and is sound defensively.
Jim Callis of BA ranks Nimmo as the No. 2 high school OF in the draft and calls him “one of the draft’s best pure hitters.” BA ranks Nimmo No. 41 among all draft-eligible players.