Brandon Nimmo can relate to Jarred Kelenic ahead of Mets visit

Brandon Nimmo can relate to Jarred Kelenic ahead of Mets visit

WASHINGTON — Greater than most gamers, Brandon Nimmo can perceive the burden of expectations saddled on a former Mets first-round draft choose who shall be arriving to Citi Discipline with the Mariners on Friday.

Jarred Kelenic owns a disappointing .140/.219/.291 slash line in 30 video games after an underwhelming major-league stint final season, however Nimmo supplied a reminder Thursday it’s nonetheless extraordinarily early within the 22-year-old outfielder’s profession.

A former first-round draft choose himself by the Mets, Nimmo was nonetheless 14 months away from his main league debut when he was on the identical level as Kelenic in his improvement.

“I got here as much as the massive leagues after I was 23 and I’m not even near the identical participant I used to be at the moment,” Nimmo mentioned. “I’ve discovered a lot in these years and I’m positive [Kelenic] will too. Typically it simply takes slightly bit for a man who’s enjoying on the massive league stage to actually determine the ebbs and the flows of it.”

The Mets traded Kelenic earlier than the 2019 season because the centerpiece of the deal that introduced Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to Queens. It has been among the many most dissected trades in Mets historical past, given Kelenic’s five-tool skillset and gamers acquired by former common supervisor Brodie Van Wagenen.

“It was deal for each side,” Nimmo mentioned. “Talking for us, I do know that Sugar [Diaz] has completed very well for us. He’s a terrific nearer. He’s are available, he’s shut the door for us and saved so many video games for us. That’s so laborious to search out these days. It was what we wanted on the time and [the Mariners] clearly wanted younger expertise. I believe each side ended up fairly nicely.”

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Nimmo mentioned the comparisons to Corridor of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. that Kelenic obtained within the minor leagues with the Mariners haven’t been helpful. As any person who was chosen one spot forward of former Marlins ace Jose Fernandez within the 2011 draft, Nimmo can empathize.

“There’s strain that comes with being first-round picks for groups and I do know all about that, listening to [from fans], ‘The Mets ought to have taken Jose Fernandez,’ ” Nimmo mentioned. “I heard that the entire time arising and even after I bought into the massive leagues. I do know all about that, however [Kelenic] appears to be on a bigger stage: The subsequent Ken Griffey of baseball.”

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