The class of the 2011 MLB first player draft was headed by today’s Pittsburgh Pirates ace, Gerrit Cole. The next two picks were also pitchers as the Seattle Mariners drafted Danny Hultzen and the Arizona Diamondbacks chose Trevor Bauer. While Cole has come as advertised in terms of major league success, Hultzen has yet to make it to the major leagues as injuries have held him back. Bauer has under performed for most of his major league career, but this season it appears that he is beginning to put it all together as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While on the topic of 2011’s first round draft class, the New York Mets were granted the thirteenth overall pick, which was the first time they participated in the draft under general manager, Sandy Alderson. Their choice was an interesting one since Brandon Nimmo could only play Summer baseball due to his high school lacking an actual baseball team. Apparently the small sample was enough to convince the Mets to draft Nimmo. The move was undoubtedly a questionable one back then, and now that we’ve seen how two position players that the Mets passed on, Trevor Story and Jackie Bradley Jr. have turned out, it certainly leaves us wondering what could have been.
What makes things even more interesting is the fact that the Miami Marlins picked Jose Fernandez on the very next pick. Now, back in 2011 the Mets starting rotation consisted of R.A. Dickey, Chris Capuano, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, and Mike Pelfrey. The Mets outfield included Jason Bay, Angel Pagan, and Carlos Beltran. The clear need of starting pitching outweighed the necessity for outfielders, which only furthers the question, what were the Mets thinking?
The Mets could have used Fernandez, the Marlins certainly did as he made his major league debut just two years after being drafted. Fernandez also happened to earn himself the National League Rookie of the Year award that season. The first round for the Mets wasn’t all bad as they did manage to choose pitching stud, Michael Fulmer with their 44th overall pick. While he didn’t stick around long enough to make the big league club, he was the centerpiece in the deal that brought over Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers.
While it’s still too early to make a definitive ruling on Brandon Nimmo as he only debuted a few days ago, it’s clear that his minor league numbers haven’t exactly jumped out at us. Only time will tell whether the Wyoming product will prove to be a substantial piece of the puzzle in the years to come.