Brandon Nimmo is a great lead off hitter

Brandon Nimmo is a great lead off hitter

by Brian Erni May 25, 2018 0 Comments

Brandon Nimmo is slowly but surely becoming of one the game's premier lead off hitters.

Huh, who would have thought that? Oh, right...me.

On Thursday, Nimmo went 4-for-4 to up his 2018 slash line to .294/.450/.541. That OBP would be tops in baseball if Brandon had enough plate appearances to qualify. Who is currently atop that list? Oh, just some dude named Mike Trout (.443).

Nimmo's plate discipline is off the charts, and that certainly helps him work his way through any struggles he may have at the plate. But with some much talk about his eye we sometimes forget about his actual prowess when swinging the bat. Nimmo showed quick hands inside on both of Thursday's extra base hits. And even though his lefty slash line (.190/.320/.238) leaves plenty to be desired, the more exposure he has gotten against southpaws of late can only help. 

The Mets need their offense to start clicking in they're going to make a true run at this thing, and the big bats eventual return to the lineup should help. But when they do, Nimmo should stay right where he is atop the order.

Photo credit: Associated Press




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