The New York Mets selected Outfielder Brandon Nimmo and Pitcher Michael Fulmer with picks #13 and #44 in the 2011 First Year Player Draft last night. Nimmo and Fulmer, drafted right out of high school, have both committed to play baseball at Arkansas next year. It will be interesting to see if Sandy Alderson could sign both of these young players away from college. Here is a little more information on Nimmo and Fulmer…

 

This kid is all smiles.

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Going into the draft, I was sure that Sandy Alderson and the rest of his crew would narrow in on one of the big college arms at the #13 pick, but I was wrong. They pulled a fast one and drafted an outfielder from Cheyenne, Wyoming that never even played high school baseball. At 6’3″ 195 lbs, Brandon Nimmo might have one of the most interesting stories of all draftees last night. Since his high school didn’t have a baseball team, Nimmo played with the American Legion. This is what ESPN’s Keith Law had to say about him:

He has strong hands and good hand-eye coordination, with a frame that looks built for some future power if he can get a little more rotational. He has the arm to play right field, assuming his knee isn’t a long-term concern. The biggest problem for scouts, other than getting to Cheyenne, is the fact that Nimmo won’t see high-quality pitching this spring. His swing looks good, but evaluating his plate discipline or ability to catch up to better velocity will be difficult.

Baseball America has a more positive outlook on Nimmo:

With a lean, 6-foot-3 frame with projection remaining, he’s a good athlete and one of the best sprinters in the state. He tore his right ACL playing football during his junior year in 2009 and spent most of last summer playing with a brace on his knee. He’s an above-average runner when he’s healthy, which helps him on the basepaths and in center field, and there’s more to his game than just speed. Nimmo has a pretty, efficient lefthanded swing. He’s short to the ball and has outstanding barrel awareness, consistently squaring balls up and shooting line drives to all fields. He has a good eye at the plate and should be an above-average hitter. As he gets stronger, he could add loft to his swing to turn doubles into home runs.

So it seems like we got another guy to throw in with the rest of the Mets outfield prospects. I do feel that this is a great selection (even though I was skeptical at first) since he has the type of profile that would fit well at CitiField. He can hit to all fields and is a plus runner, which is something that would be highly valued in our stadium. Judging by his stats over the past few years, he is a hitting machine.

The Mets went a different route at the #44 pick with the selection of Michael Fulmer. Fulmer measures in at 6’2″ 200 lbs, which is pretty tiny compared to the previous pitchers the Mets have taken in the early rounds. Fulmer is a guy out of Deer Creek HS in Oklahoma, who looks like he could refine a nice pitching repertoire in the Mets organization. Baseball America had this to say about Fulmer:

After pitching at 87-91 mph on the showcase circuit last summer, he has boosted his fastball to the mid-90s and topped out at 97 mph this spring. He maintains his velocity, often showing some 93s and 94s in the late innings. His slider also has gotten harder, improving from 78-80 mph to 83-85. Like many high school pitchers, he’ll need to refine a changeup. His arm works well, though he could firm up his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame.

Keith Law also made good comments on Fulmer:

Fulmer has one of the best breaking balls in the draft to go with a 91-94 mph fastball. The curveball runs from 76 into the low 80s and has tight rotation with a sharp downward break. There’s clear effort in his delivery, as he gets his front leg down early but doesn’t get his weight on it and generates arm speed from his upper half. However, the present fastball and breaking ball are both above-average and he could probably move through the lower levels of a system fairly quickly.

It sounds like Fulmer’s breaking ball may be the real deal. If so, this would be huge for a Mets team that has recently drafted pitchers that relied heavily on their fastball. Good pick in this spot. As a senior, Fulmer went 10-2 with a 0.72 ERA. That’s pretty dominant…

 

Do you like who the Mets selected as their first two picks of the 2011 MLB draft?