FSL notes: Mets' Nimmo making splash

St. Lucie center fielder getting noticed for his game, Twitter handle

The 13th overall pick in the 2011 Draft, Brandon Nimmo is batting .407 with a .530 OBP. (Linwood Ferguson/St. Lucie Mets)

By Guy Curtright / Special to MiLB.com | April 30, 2014 10:00 AM ET

Brandon Nimmo doesn't take credit for the name of his Twitter account. He's just taking advantage of it.

"It's perfect," the St. Lucie center fielder said. "Fans like it and so do I. It's hard to forget."

Nimmo often has his last name mispronounced and that, paired with a hit animated movie, gave former teammate Jeff Reynolds the inspiration.

Want to follow the New York Mets' No. 6 prospect? Just go to @You_Found_Nimmo.

A lot of fans do, and Nimmo is definitely having an interesting adventure this season.

The 13th overall pick in the 2011 Draft was hitting .407 through 24 games after a 4-for-4 outing against Charlotte on April 28 and had a .530 on-base percentage.

Finding Nemo was a success at the box office. Nimmo has been at the plate as well.

"I'm happy that people like to follow me," Nimmo said. "Jeff came up with it my second year at Brooklyn. He went to Harvard -- he's a lot smarter than me."

Nimmo has had quite an odyssey, just like the young character in Finding Nemo.

Without high school baseball, Wyoming has produced less than two dozen Major Leaguers. The only active ones are Seattle catcher John Buck and Washington infielder Zach Walters.

Nimmo is the only player from Wyoming ever taken in the Draft's first round.

The Cheyenne native starred in American Legion play and was fortunate enough to be invited to a showcase event for Team USA. From there, he was selected for the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field.

Nimmo was hardly unknown by Draft time, and the Mets gave him a bonus of $2.1 million at the signing deadline to keep him away from the University of Arkansas after he batted .551 for his state-champion American Legion team.

The left-handed hitter was hampered by a wrist injury most of last season with Class A Savannah, although he did help the Sand Gnats win the South Atlanta League championship.

The 21-year-old has had no ups and downs that season, taking off in the Class A Advanced Florida State League after a winter at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Nimmo fell a triple shy of the cycle in his 4-for-4 game. He was second in the league with an OPS of 1.080 while being tied for the top in average and first in OBP and runs (28). He had 24 walks to 20 strikeouts.

"I found out after the season that there was more wrong with my wrist than had been thought," Nimmo said. "But I feel great this year and a lot stronger after all the work I put in."

St. Lucie, leading the FSL in batting average and runs scored, has one of the best top of the orders in the Minor Leagues with Nimmo batting between leadoff man Dilson Herrera, the Mets' No. 10 prospect, and No. 3 hitter T.J. Rivera.

"It makes it easier with guys like that around you," Nimmo said.

Herrera was right behind Nimmo in runs scored and Rivera was tied for the batting lead at .407 as well as ranking third with 24 RBIs.

"It's been a lot of fun so far," Nimmo said. "It's always fun when you're hitting and the team is winning."

Thanks to a winning Twitter handle, Mets fans are also having fun following the adventures of one of the team's top prospects.

In brief

Catching up quickly: Jupiter third baseman Colin Moran, No. 48 among MLB.com's Top 100 prospects, had two hits in his first game off the disabled list April 23 and hasn't stopped getting on base. The Miami Marlins' No. 2 prospect was hitting .348 with a .468 on-base percentage after his first six games. Moran, the sixth overall pick in the 2012 Draft out of the University of North Carolina, sprained the MCL in his left knee during Spring Training.

Lefty-righty punch: Dunedin pitchers Taylor Cole and Matt Boyd rank one-two in the Florida State League in strikeouts while combining to go 6-0 for the Blue Jays, who were leading the North Division with an 19-5 record. Cole, a right-hander, has 40 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings, while left-hander Boyd has fanned 37 in 31 innings. Boyd, 23, had a league-best 4-0 record and also was on top with a 0.29 ERA. Cole, 24, was 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA and 0.91 WHIP to Boyd's 0.74 mark.

Shining light: Tampa center fielder Jake Cave singled in each of his five at-bats and drove in two runs as the Yankees defeated Lakeland, 4-3, on April 27. The big game raised the leadoff hitter's average to .316. Cave, 21, was a sixth-round choice of the New York Yankees in the 2011 Draft but missed all of the 2012 season because of knee surgery. He hit .282 in the Class A South Atlantic League last year.

Guy Curtright is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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