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Draft : : Top Prospects
50 in 50: Brandon Nimmo
Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011

Brandon Nimmo
OF / Cheyenne East High School

Bats-Throws:
L-R
Height/Weight: 6-3/175
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyo.
College Commitment: Arkansas
Birthdate: March 27, 1993

SCOUTING PROFILE:
With Nimmo in the same draft class as other uniquely-qualified high-school outfield standouts such as Bubba Starling (Kansas) and Ben Roberts (Montana), this has been an interesting spring for national scouts, and also for regional scouts who have those remote areas. Nimmo projects as a solid supplemental first-round pick, and should that happen, he would become the highest draft pick ever from Wyoming. Former University of Wyoming outfielder Bill Ewing has held that distinction since 1976, when he was the NCAA Division I home-run leader. Ewing was picked in the fourth round of that year’s draft by the California Angels. Despite his remote Wyoming upbringing, Nimmo is actually a very polished product for his age. With no formal high-school baseball in Wyoming, most of Nimmo’s exposure to the game has come while playing with Cheyenne’s Post 6 American Legion team, which has won consecutive state titles and nine of the last 10. Nimmo has led that team in hitting the last three years, and batted .448-15-84 with 35 stolen bases in 35 attempts in 2010 as Post 6 went 67-12 to set a program record for most wins in a season. Nimmo has had a couple of significant factors that have weighed in his favor from what might be expected of a Wyoming high-school product. His older brother, Bryce, was a three-year starter at Nebraska from 2006-2008, and had many similar tools, although he was only 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, so the Nimmo name was already familiar to many Midwest scouts. In addition, Nimmo made appearances on the national showcase circuit last summer, including the 2010 Tournament of Stars in North Carolina. Cheyenne Post 6 has also made numerous out-of-state trips to Sun Belt locations, thus giving scouts a far broader swath of games and at-bats to familiarize themselves with Nimmo than they have with either Starling or Roberts. What they’ve seen is a very talented all-around athlete with surprisingly-polished hitting skills from the left side. Nimmo has very advanced barrel skills, squares up pitches consistently and can drive them to the gaps. His easy stride and plus speed (Nimmo is a Wyoming indoor state track champion) result in numerous doubles and triples now that should evolve into home runs in the future as he fills out and gets stronger. His polish with the bat is the one thing that scouts have repeatedly remarked on this spring after seeing Nimmo. While the rest of Nimmo’s physical package doesn’t quite measure up to Starling’s, it is very solid and separates him from most other high-school center fielders in this draft. He’s a 6.5 runner in the 60, despite having had 2009 ACL surgery from a football injury. He also has solid-average to fringy-plus arm strength. Nimmo is a 4.0 student, to boot, with a scholarship offer to Arkansas, but with the type of attention he has been getting this spring from the scouting community, it look like professional baseball is in his immediate future.

Projected Draft Position:
Late First Round to mid-Sandwich Round



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