NEW YORK -- When the Mets selected Brandon Nimmo (Cheyenne) 13th overall in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, they raised eyebrows. An exceptional physical talent, Nimmo had rarely competed against the nation's top high school players, making him one of the riskiest and most intriguing picks of the entire Draft.
Two summers later, the Mets are watching closely as the outfielder develops into one of the more exciting prospects in Minor League Baseball. Despite an early-season injury, Nimmo made the South Atlantic League All-Star team on the strength of his standout April, showing regular flashes of his talent.
Now the world will be able to see those skills. Nimmo won the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot, MLB announced Monday, besting four others to earn a spot on the U.S. Team in the 2013 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game. At Citi Field on July 14, Nimmo will play alongside fellow Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard, and perhaps square off against World Team pitcher Rafael Montero in the ballpark they all hope to eventually call home.
"I'm just looking forward to getting out to New York, and being on Citi Field and being around the fans. Hopefully they'll get to see me in person and get to interact with me," Nimmo said. "Just being around the fans and [letting them know] what I'm like in first-person. They've heard about me, but that's all they do when you're coming up through the Minor Leagues. It'll be nice to let them get to see me, and meet me. I'm just excited to meet the fans that voted me in."