Mets' Pete Alonso on Brandon Nimmo: 'He’s just really taken himself to a different level'

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Brandon Nimmo Pete Alonso close shot
Brandon Nimmo Pete Alonso close shot

Brandon Nimmo has been playing out of his mind in the early parts of this season, and his stellar play hasn't gone unnoticed by his teammates.

As SNY's Danny Abriano details, Nimmo, who has always been known for his discipline in the box and penchant for getting on base, has ramped up his play through seven games in 2021, slashing a ridiculous .435/.581/.565, with his .581 OBP leading the majors.

Speaking to reporters prior to Wednesday's game, Pete Alonso spoke about just how amazing it's been to watch Nimmo work this season, and how much it's meant to the Mets.

"His plate discipline is absolutely incredible right now, but that's always par for the course with Brandon Nimmo. His eye and zone command is probably one of the best in the league," Alonso said. "How he's just swinging the bat with authority at quality pitches, it's really impressive. How he's going about his business and how consistent he's been has been awesome.

"He's really starting to just be so impressive every single day, not that he wasn't before, but he's just really taken himself to a different level and it's so impressive. He's really doing a great job for us and I can tell he's absolutely worked his ass off this offseason. We know that he's going to give quality at-bats and come up big for us because he's a great player and it's going to be a very fun year for him."

Nimmo's balance between being able to work the count and jumping on mistakes early in at-bats is almost uncanny, and it seems like it comes second nature to the 28-year-old.

But as Alonso points out, Nimmo continues to put in the work to hone his skills, rather just relying on his natural talents.

"He's got incredible visual skills and how he's been able to work and go about his routine is extra special," Alonso said. ".. He's really gifted. I think he has the best plate discipline or zone discipline that I've seen out of anybody, but again, he doesn't just rely on his natural talent. He really works hard and takes pride on his plate discipline and being able to capitalize on pitches in the zone. So, he’s been doing an outstanding job."

Nimmo, Alonso and the Mets look to continue their solid play on Wednesday night when they take on old friend Zack Wheeler and the Phillies on SNY.