Part 18 in a series analyzing the New York Mets
Drafting Brandon Nimmo was one of Sandy Alderson’s first moves as the Mets general manager, and it raised plenty of eyebrows at the time.
Nimmo is from Wyoming, one of three states that doesn’t have high school baseball, so the outfielder instead played on the local American Legion team.
With the pick, Alderson — and then vice president of player development Paul DePodesta — bypassed selecting what others would have deemed a safer pick in a college pitcher such as Sonny Gray or college infielders like Kolten Wong and Joe Panik, all selected later in the first round of that 2011 draft (as was high schooler Jose Fernandez, one spot after Nimmo).
“When we went into this, to be quite frank with you, we weren’t that interested in making what we thought was making the safest pick,” DePodesta said at the time, explaining the organization was in the early stages of rebuilding. “We were interested in making the pick that we thought had the most impact.”
Nine years later, how does that pick look?
Obviously, Fernandez was the best of the bunch before he was killed in a boating accident in 2016.
Gray has pitched well…