Port ST. Lucy – Mate was associated with the center with big names who were official, from George Springer to Jackie Bradley Jr.
As much as he tried to ignore it, Brandon Nimmo listened. But the Mets’ starting starting center fielder, who kept in touch with manager Luis Rojas and the front office throughout the office about his plans for his position, has arrived at spring training in an attempt to defend his chance.
Nimmo said Thursday during his conversation with team president Sandy Alderson and acting GM Jack Scott, “His message has not detracted from it, otherwise you are the fielder of our center.” He said, “As far as this goes, I tried to keep preparing for the center field. But there was definitely a lot of talk going on. I always welcome the idea of another great player. … If someone pushed me out of center field, they are very good center fielders.
“I tried not to take it as a shot, but just tried to shed light on whether I could improve somewhere, so if I get the opportunity again, here we will shed light on things that Would be better. “
That area of improvement would largely be the defense of Nimmo.
In five seasons with the Mets, Nimmo has hit .258 with 130 OPS-Plus, replete with his ability to achieve with bases. Including minus-5 in 44 matches last season, according to the FanGraphs, his defense has lagged behind in center field, recording minus-14 defensive runs.
Nimmo believes he may have an answer for some of his struggles – he was playing too shallow, he said, which was preventing him from catching balls, which analytics considered catty – But admitted that there were other balls that “I just screwed up.” He said he changed his position in September last season and noticed the difference. Nimmo is looking forward to a new office program centered around agility and a quick burst also pays dividends.
“The first step, the ball off the bat, are some of the things he knows he needs to work on to get into a good running form [earliest] He can, ”said Rosa.
While Springer signed on as a free agent with the Blue Jays and Bradley, the Mets entered camp with Albert Almora Jr. and Kevin Pilar as the new option in center field with Nimmo. An additional addition of DH to the National League could change his plans, perhaps moving Nemo to left field, where he has been better defensively. Until then, he wants to prove himself at the center.
He said, “I am trying to tell everyone and everyone here, and we have a mutual conversation, that I play center field. I can do it well, ”Nimmo said. “If there’s one person that can make the adjustment, I think it’s me.”