POINT BLANK VIDEO: JOSH BAILEYFor Year 3, team and personal goals are higher

Three minutes with Islanders third-year forward Josh Bailey on camp, his advice for Nino Niederreiter and his expectations for himself and his team.

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Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Given the speed at which Sandy likes to bring players up, we can expect to see Nimmo sometime in 2018.

stage52
stage52

I would not be surprised to see Nimmo get moved to Binghamton  mid season.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I don't understand the need to keep Nimmo at his current level any longer. I think he's proven he can take the next step, and I'd rather promote him when things are going right for him and see what he does against AA pitching when he's in a groove, not when he's ice cold or struggling with injuries like he was last year. See how he adjusts and let's put him on the fast track. He's 21. Sure, he's young, but it's not ridiculously young. Thor is at AAA at essentially the same age, both having been drafted out of high school. No reason to waste their talents in the minors for longer than they need to be there. 

ac8175
ac8175

TJ Rivera has hit at each level as an undrafted player..I know nimmo is a top prospect and is also younger than rivera what do you think outlook is for rivera.. He has had some nice games this year along with nimmo and both are in the heart or lineup..

thomas
thomas

BABIP is indicative of hard contact at EVERY level.

Grendal
Grendal

Do September call ups effect service time?

not4
not4

After striking out 14 times in his first 14 games (21.5%), he has struck out only 6 times (12%) over his last 10 games!  Now this is taking what is already a SSS for the 2014 season (24 games) and making it even smaller.  And, admittedly Nimmo is just scorching hot right now - .459/.600/.649/1.249, with 17 hits in 37 ABs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 13(!!) BB, 6 SO and 5 SB.  But, it would be something if he can keep his SO rate closer to his rate over the past 10 games than the first 14.  Obviously more important is for him to continue to hit and draw walks, but if you coupled that with a low SO rate - wow!!

chavez06
chavez06

May be we've found our lead off batter of the future. Imagine if we had picked Hawkins in 2012 ... we would also likely have our future clean-up hitter. And two stud OF prospects.

The Feels band
The Feels band

Toby, if he does this well once he's in Double A, is there any chance this FO could have him skip Triple A and give him a shot in September? Unlikely that he'd hit THIS well in AA, but just curious if you think they'd even be open to it. 

James T. O'Brien
James T. O'Brien

@Zach Ripple  It strikes me as smart to let the kid have some serious success before moving him up.  After last year, Nimmo could use a shot of confidence.  

Toby Hyde
Toby Hyde moderator

@Zach Ripple  Maybe the Mets feel that four weeks is not enough time to judge a player. 

Chris
Chris

@Grendal Yes. Each September day counts the same as any other day as far as service time accrual is concerned. Beyond that, for players not on the 40-man roster a September call-up requires they be added to the 40-man roster. For players still naturally protected from the Rule 5 draft, a call-up forgoes that remaining protection and requires that they remain on the 40-man roster or else be exposed first to waivers, and then if they clear, to the Rule 5 draft. Furthermore, once on the 40-man, players must be optioned to the minor leagues (using one fo their 3 allotted option years), rather than simply being assigned there (without using an option year) like non-40-man guys. Nimmo, by virtue of being drafted at age 18 in 2011 will first be Rule 5 eligible in the December 2015 draft. He won't be added to the 40-man roster until 2015. Whether that's June/July 2015 to avoid Super 2, September 2015 as a September call-up, or November 2015 to protect him from the Rule 5 draft remains to be seen.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Grendal Yes, in a way.  It counts as accrued service time but no one is going to knock one of the 6 years of eligibility away by being up for September.

Kavalor
Kavalor

@not4

especially with the current trend of rising strikeouts in the MLB. Power Piching galore so that would be something special 

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

@chavez06  Cecchini is still a very bad and curious pick to me given the state of the Mets system at the time, never the less, Hawkins was downright awful last year at A+ ball, bouncing back nicely this season and still very young as he won't turn 21 until November.  


But rather than continue to scratch my head on Cecchini (among several other Curious picks from highest paid front office in baseball per capita of MLB payroll) I'd continue to nod that it appears they got Nimmo right.


Lets see how he is hitting come Memorial Day before hyper accelerating his time table.


I suspect if he does go to Bingo and has similar success to say what David Wright did in 2004 at age 21, there is an outside shot the Mets would buck trend and extend him a September call-up.  But I wouldn't hold my breath with this front office.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@The Feels Like Toby said it's a ways down the road but if he absolutely destroyed AA as much as A, I can see it happening expecially considering the cartoon park / league they play in out there.

Mark Schlesinger
Mark Schlesinger

@The Feels He has just over 100 Plate Appearances at High-A. It's way to early to be discussing the majors, much less AAA.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Patrick Boegel @chavez06 Just would like to point out how calling a 21 year old, playing his first month in any form of A ball "very bad" is so dumb.  He may only end up being a utility type guy in the pros but you need to give these guys time.

chavez06
chavez06

You're correct. There's no point in whining about 2012 pick. Can't go back and fix it now. That said, power bats are big void in the system. Perhaps this can be addressed via trade ... May be Niese or Mejia at season end for a power hitting prospect (sort of like now Rays acquired Will Myers).

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

@Radickey_ebooks  In 2011 the Mets drafted 7 middle infielders, all designated as SS, 3 college ball players and 4 High School.


They followed that up with 8 in 2012, not including Matt Reynolds whom they have never played an inning at any position other than SS or 2B.


It was a terrible pick.


There were many draft analysts who felt the Mets made a mistake given what was still on the table for them at the time.


Radickey_ebooks
Radickey_ebooks

@not4 Personally, at the moment the Cecchini pick was announced, I was trying to summon up all my latent psychic powers to convince Sandy to pick Lucas Giolito. 

Still, it's wrong to say that Cecchini was "redundant". The Mets had very little middle infield depth at the time. It was Phillip Evans and nothing, basically, and Evans was never regarded as a true shortstop anyway. And even if the Mets had had good shortstop depth, picking a shortstop would still have been a good idea if he was the best player on the Mets' board. Cecchini wasn't considered a reach at the time by the draft authorities.

Obviously, Cecchini hasn't done a lot to live up to that billing yet.

Still, I'm not going to call it a bad pick until more precincts have reported.

Giolito has been great since his Tommy John, but he could easily wind up on the DL for most of the next 5 years.

Hawkins has been a see-saw, performance-wise, but looked at the time and still looks like a guy who's gonna have to make major changes to his approach or he's a low-walk, high-K, .230 hitter in the majors.

Wacha has been great, of course, but he was seen, like Cecchini, as a lower-upside pick on draft day. 

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

@not4 which is exactly what I meant, many people panned the Nimmo pick especially with the hindsight glasses as Jose Fernandez arrived last year.  Still, it showed some better future casting and risk reward management given the Mets dearth of position players in the system short and long term.  


Nimmo played extremely well when you look at this numbers at Brooklyn and Sav (particularly in light of his injury last year), I have no delusions of him being a .400 hitter, but it is very nice to see the Mets get paid off for making a pick they should have and needed to make.  

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

@BringBackDaveTelghe @Patrick Boegel @chavez06  Just would like to point out I CALLED THE PICK very bad, and stand by it.  Hated it at the time, hate it now.  It was an awful use of draft pick.  He was a redundant draft pick given the Mets system and picking Phil Evans the year before.  But thanks for calling us Dumb big guy.

not4
not4

@Sylvan Migdal True Sylvan.  Don't know for sure, but I think Patrick's reference to "very bad" was not inferring that Cecchni was a bad player, but more so that he did not like the Met's using that draft pick to select him in the draft.  And, in fairness, there were many who did not like the pick at the time it was made - too limited of a ceiling, without a high enough floor was the biggest gripe I recall.  While I am really incapable of making an informed decision about draft selections, I recall clearly being a bit disappointed with the Cecchini pick after reading about him and other players who were available at that time.  It just struck me as a bit underwhelming; whereas with Nimmo, although it was potentially a reach, but it seemed that there was more upside.

Thought Minaya made too many of those "safe" picks that seem to rarely net solid MLB ballplayers.  And the Cecchini pick felt similar to me and from a relatively high draft spot.  Still not giving up on Cecchini, as that would be foolish.  Just have never been excited by him at any point from the draft forward and, as opposed to Nimmo, there does not seem  to be much his limited MiLB career to generate excitement.  (Nimmo showed solid signs even in Brooklyn, and then really looked good when healthy last year).

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@BringBackDaveTelghe @Patrick Boegel @chavez06  Cecchini's 20, actually, not 21. But your point is a good one.

Nimmo's monster start should serve as a reminder not to dismiss a prospect too early. The goal isn't to draft the best 19-year-old player, it's to draft the best 25-year-old player. Sometimes the late bloomers are the best kind.