Minutes before the August 16th midnight deadline for MLB teams to sign their 2011 draft picks, the Mets signed their first-round, 13th overall pick Brandon Nimmo, a high school outfielder from Wyoming, to a minor league contract worth $2.1 million, according to ESPN's Keith Law.
The native of Cheyenne East High School is a tall, lanky outfield prospect who won't really help the Mets in the near future, but will be an important piece of the team going forward. Nimmo, Sandy Alderson's first draft pick as Mets' GM, is a project meaning he still is very raw but has sky-high potential.
In my opinion, the pick of Nimmo at 13th overall was a bit of a reach but there is good reason to believe he will be a solid MLB outfielder in the years to come. Honestly, the Mets should have looked at drafting a starting pitcher with that high of a pick, but it is yet to be seen if Alderson and his brain trust made the right decision.
The jury is still out on Nimmo.