The New York Mets used their first-round draft pick to select Brandon Nimmo tonight in the Major League Baseball draft.
Nimmo, who attended East High School in Cheyenne, Wyo., is a corner outfielder with a strong arm. He bats left and has the potential for power. Nimmo is 6'2 and weighs 185 pounds.
Nimmo generated a buzz about his playing skills even though he was hampered by the limitations of his high school and his state--Wyoming has no high school baseball program. Instead, he played for the Cheyenne American Legion Post. He batted batting .569 with 19 extra base hits and 34 RBIs through 25 games for the team this season.
Nimmo had limited expectations about the draft tonight. It's a busy and sometimes stressful process, but I've tried to keep in mind that not many kids get to go through this and I've been trying to have fun with it, Nimmo told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. I've just tried to keep in mind that nothing is supposed to happen for me because I'm from Wyoming.
With their pick at the 44th slot in the draft, the Mets chose Michael Fulmer, a RHP with a hard fastball--up to 96 mph--and a good breaking ball to complement it. A scout from ESPN predicts Fulmer could move through the lower levels of New York's minor league system fairly quickly.
The New York Yankees did not pick until the 51st slot, which they used to select Dante Bichette, an outfielder with a good arm and a questionable bat. The Yanks traded away their first-round pick to sign Type A free agent Rafael Soriano in the offseason.
The 33 first-round picks in the MLB draft were:
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA, Pittsburgh Pirates
2. Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia, Seattle Mariners
3. Trever Bauer, RHP, UCLA, Arizona Diamondbacks
4. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso (OK) HS, Baltimore Orioles
5. Bubba Starling, OF, Garner-Edgerton (KS) HS, Kansas City Royals
6. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice, Washington Nationals
7. Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow (OK) HS, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde (FL) HS, Cleveland Indians
9. Javier Baez, SS, Arlington Country Day (FL) HS, Chicago Cubs
10. Cory Spangenberg, 3B, Indian River State College, San Diego Padres
11. George Springer, OF, UConn, Houston Astros
12. Taylor Jungerman, RHP, Texas, Milwaukee Brewers
13. Brandon Nimmo, OF, East (Cheyenne, WY) HS, New York Mets
14. Jose Fernandez, RHP, Alonso (Tampa) HS, Florida Marlins
15. Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech, Milwaukee Brewers
16. Chris Reed, LHP, Stanford, Los Angeles Dodgers
17. C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah, Los Angeles Angels
18. Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt, Oakland Athletics
19. Matt Barnes, RHP, UConn, Boston Red Sox
20. Tyler Anderson, LHP, Oregon, Colorado Rockies
21. Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)
22. Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii, St. Louis Cardinals
23. Alex Meyer, RHP, Kentucky, Washington Nationals
24. Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Spring Valley (Columbia, SC) HS, Tampa Bay Rays
25. Joe Ross, RHP, Bishop O'Dowd HS (Oakland), San Diego Padres
26. Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland HS (Rio Rancho, N.M.), Boston Red Sox
27. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Alhambra (Calif.) HS, Cincinnati Reds
28. Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Florida State, Atlanta Braves
29. Joe Panik, SS, St. John's, San Francisco Giants
30. Levi Michael, SS, North Carolina, Minnesota Twins
31. Mikie Mahtook, OF, LSU, Tampa Bay Rays
32. Jake Hager, SS, Sierra Vista (Nev.) HS, Tampa Bay Rays
33. Kevin Matthews, LHP, Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS, Texas Rangers