Brandon Nimmo ready to take on 'role of a mentor' to help Mets' prospects during spring training
The Mets won’t hold their first official full squad workout of spring training for another two weeks, but many players are already heading down to Port St. Lucie, Fla. to get an early start to the new campaign.
One of those players is veteran outfielder Brandon Nimmo, fresh off signing a new eight-year, $162 million contract to stay with the only major league team he’s ever known.
The 29-year-old said on Monday that’s been working out in Port St. Lucie since mid-December, and he’s eager to starting welcoming more and more teammates to the facility as the Mets set their sights on a World Series title.
“We had a nice group come out today, so I’m really excited. This is what I’ve been waiting for since signing,” Nimmo said. “There’s a lot of expectations on this team, and that comes from without and within. We know we have a good team, so we’re wanting to get this thing started and get the team chemistry going and start to learn the new guys so that we can all be pulling the same end of the rope. That’s all a part of spring training, so we’re excited to get started.”
While the Mets added a number of key veteran pieces this offseason such as Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga (11 seasons in Japan), Jose Quintana, and David Robertson, the club will also have an exciting mix of prospects in camp to get things started.
So as young players like Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, Mark Vientos, Alex Ramirez and others get a chance to be around the team (even if only for a short period before heading to minor league camp), Nimmo plans to do everything he can to help them along.
After all, it wasn't that long ago that he was in their shoes.
“Just trying to lead by example, kind of show them the way that we’ve been doing things and the way we did things last year in order to have a lot of success during the regular season,” said Nimmo, who was a first-round pick of the Mets in 2011. “There’s a lot to learn when you’re coming up, and I know that firsthand and I know that through this organization, and also playing in New York is just a little bit different than every other animal.
"So, there are just some things that you have to learn and, fortunately, I’ve gone through that and so I have a little bit of knowledge to pass down to them. It’s just going to be trying to take that role of a mentor and try to help guys when they ask for it.”
Nimmo is coming off a strong season in 2022, when he slashed .274/.367/.433 and played in a career-best 151 games.
Heading into his eighth big league season, Nimmo still has plenty that he wants to work on as the new year gets underway.
“I’m just trying to work on the body and staying healthy,” he said. “I had a pretty good year last year. There are obviously areas that I can improve on. I just want to be more consistent in all parts of my game, but honestly just trying to build on the successes of last year and just become a more consistent player.”