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Mets minor league: How close Is Brandon Nimmo?

The 2011 first-round draft pick has been impressive in the minors, but when can we expect him to make his major league debut?

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The Mets' 21-year-old outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo has risen steadily through the farm system since being selected in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft. A common question among Mets fans is: When will Nimmo see the major leagues? According to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America, it could be as early as 2015.

"As far as an ETA, Nimmo could put himself in position for a call-up to New York with a strong first half. He’s not going to push Juan Lagares out of center field, but he could play left field in the short term. His arm won’t really play in center field."

Cooper believes that Nimmo's second-half struggles with Double-A Binghamton were due more to a declining BABIP than a regression in Nimmo's hitting, and his increased strength has helped him become a solid hitter with gap power. Regarding his long-term potential, Cooper stated:

"Long term, he does look to be a top-of-the-order hitter, although one who could grow into a middle-of-the-lineup role as he continues to mature and gain strength."

Nimmo continues to garner praise throughout baseball, as Baseball Prospectus recently named him the top position-player prospect in the Mets organization, and Sandy Alderson said he was on track to play in Las Vegas this year.