Mets top prospect Brandon Nimmo says he doesn't have any particular focus working with Rick Strickland, that the plan is 'general' and he's concentrating on all areas and, simply, 'getting better' overall. He confirmed that he'll remain in Port St. Lucie for the winter for the second year in a row to work on all aspects of the game at the Mets facility there.
He split time between Florida State League and Eastern League in 2014, finishing hitting 278/.394/.426 combined. Baseball America recently ranked Nimmo the #3 prospect in the Mets system, and his quick progress through the system indicates a possibility that he sees big league time sooner than expected. A focus on losing weight, and the added advantage of staying in Florida all winter, seems to have made a big difference. Nimmo was fatigued at the end of his 2012 stint with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York Penn League, and it showed at the plate.
Here's what he said in 2013 when entering Spring Training feeling healthier and stronger:
The Rays recently released first baseman Darryl George, who signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. The Australia native confirmed earlier this week that he'll play in the Australian Baseball League this winter to "show I'm healthy." He also admitted that while he was "a little" surprised by the team's decision, "I wasn't unprepared." He reflected on the 2014 season, saying, "I thought I did well to battle through injury. But it was a fun year and a great experience to be a part of such an awesome team [Hudson Valley Renegades]."
George was named Hudson Valley Renegades Player of the Year by the Rays in 2013, after .255/.307/.371 in 61 games for the Rays New York Penn League affiliate. Tampa Bay doesn't have a lot of strong talent below the Triple-A level, where they were stacked in 2014; many of the Bulls players spent time going back and forth between Tampa and Durham, but other than that, there's a lack. George saying he wasn't unprepared is a good comment on how these things work, particularly for an organization that badly needs a shot of talent and better health for some of their bigger prospects.
Here's what he said earlier this year about 'flying under the radar.' http://www.highheelsonthefield.net/my_weblog/2014/05/renegades-2013-mvp-darryl-george-fueled-by-flying-under-the-radar.html