NEW YORK (ArkansasSports360.com) - Arkansas scouted and signed a talented outfielder from Wyoming with an impressive bat for its 2012 team. Trouble is, the New York Mets found him too.
Brandon Nimmo was selected Monday as the No. 13 overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft. Nimmo's draft status is impressive, considering he never played high school baseball and had to rely on summer leagues and scouting combines to impress college and pro scouts.
Nimmo was the MVP of the Under Armour All-Americaa Game last summer.
MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds liked Nimmo's upside, but was not totally sold on Nimmo because of the lack of experience. Reynolds said:
"This a gamble. This is clearly a kid that has not had the opportunity to participate and be evaluated like others. We've seen a lot of players have great workouts, but workouts are different than a game. He did last summer get out and… get some exposure. It's a gamble. But I like what the Mets are trying to do."
Nimmo, who said on the MLB broadcast that he always admired Pine Bluff native and Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, told the Laramie Boomerang he'll take time to decided between college and pro baseball.
"These are two great options and this is a big decision I have to make and I'm very blessed to be in a position to have to make this decision," he said. "The deadline is Aug. 15 in the meantime, I'm just going to play baseball and see how everything shakes out."
Potentially working in Arkansas' favor is that he could be asking for as much as $3 million to sign with the Mets.
Arkansas will have to fight the Mets for another player as well. Michael Fulmer, a pitcher from Edmond, Okla., was taken No. 44 overall in the supplemental round of the draft.
Fulmer was 10-2 with a 0.72 earned run average this season. He told the Daily Oklahoman he's "happy to be a Met."
Neither are guaranteed to sign with the Mets organization, but could have decisions to make.
Searcy pitcher Dillon Howard is another potential draft pick when rounds 2-30 resume today at 11 a.m. Howard was projected as high as No. 18 overall, but is believed to be asking for a significant signing bonus.
PerfectGame.org explains more about the signability of Howard, who would be draft-eligible as a sophomore, something that could help steer him to school for a season:
"... he is being advised by the Boras Corporation, which has a documented history of steering high-school clients to college before entering professional baseball. In addition, Howard would be eligible to re-enter the draft as a college sophomore, due to his age, if he chooses to honor his scholarship to Arkansas."