NEW YORK -- Being voted onto the All-Star Futures Team would serve two purposes for Brandon Nimmo.
The Mets No. 4 prospect said he wants the opportunity to learn from other players on the team, watching their swings, how they take batting practice, the mental approach to the game. But Nimmo also wants to use the All-Star Futures Game, played at Citi Field on July 14, as his first chance to get to know Mets fans.
As one of five finalists for the team's final spot, a fan vote decides if Nimmo will make the cut. Sunday is the last day to vote on MLB.com/futuresfinalists. The other finalists are Yankees prospect Tyler Austin, Tigers prospect Nick Casetellanos, Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini and White Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins.
"Just to get to know the fans, get to be around them and have them see me play would be a great experience," Nimmo said. "There's plenty to be learned and plenty for fans to see, so I think it would be a beneficial experience for everyone."
The Mets drafted Nimmo, 20, with the 13th-overall pick in 2011 out of Wyoming. Through 49 games with Class A Savannah, Nimmo has a .274 batting average with 21 RBIs and a .378 on-base percentage. He said he’s working to become more consistent.
"I think hitting-wise, I've shown I can be pretty dominant at this level, but I've also shown that I can have some rough days," Nimmo said.
Avoiding a rough day in his first introduction to Mets fans at Citi Field could put a lot of pressure on Nimmo if he's elected to the team, but with the process out of his control, Nimmo said his goal is to just enjoy the experience.
"It's one game, and it's hard to determine a lot on one game," Nimmo said. "What I'll pretty much be trying to do is show people how I play the game. ... You try and soak it in, let the fans get to know you and be personable, but other than that, you can't put any more pressure on yourself."