A lot has been written here, and everywhere, about Mets 2011 first round pick Brandon Nimmo. That's to be expected for a first round high school player, but his story caught the interest of baseball-minded people, and media, early on.
Baseball America's recently released Top Mets Prospect List ranks Nimmo 3rd in the systemm up from #8 in 2014. Nimmo was always an important prospect for the Mets, but now there can be no doubt just how high his value is at the moment.
The trajectory of Nimmo's minor league career has been fairly smooth, but that doesn't mean it was effortless. While he reached Double-A in 2014, that was preceded by a decision to stay in Florida year-round. In doing that, the outfielder worked at the Mets training facility on every area of his game.
He's also staying in Florida again, as mentioned here:
There's also the fact that, as has also been covered a lot, Nimmo came from Wyoming, one of three states without high school baseball programs. That not only speaks to Nimmo's level of natural talent, but also to the amount of work he's put into developing that talent against the odds.
There's no need to rush him through the ranks, as he's just 21. The Mets can take their time. Nimmo's proven so far that he's moving at an excellent pace and his skill level has only improved. He never really appeared to be a total diamond in the rough, not even in his first professional season. But he's done a great job in polishing the rough edges he did, and still does have. Another year in Double-A, with a possible mid-season promotion to Triple-A, makes the most sense. But with this guy, expectations could certainly be defied.
Also see this regular-season interview with Nimmo from May.
SS GAVIN CECCHINI CHECKS IN AT #10
Also a 1st rounder, in 2012, Gavin Cecchini only dropped a slot, down from 9th in 2014, after playing 125 games between South Atlantic and Florida State Leagues. He hit .247/.328/.378 for the season.
Here is a report on his 2013 season with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
That smartly "aggressive" nature, mixed with athleticism, quick hands at the plate, ability to adjust with each at bat, plus solid, fluid defense all make Cecchini a highly valuable player in the Mets plans. He hit well at both Class-A and Advanced, but with just one Double-A game under his belt, he'll need to show that he has the skills to play consistently at the next level.