Brandon Nimmo spent 2012 adapting to a full season of playing professional baseball.
Now, he says, he's ready.
"I feel more prepared for this season, physically and mentally," he said on his drive to Port St. Lucie, Florida, home of the Mets spring training complex. "Just with last year's experience, you're only going to get better. My body is more ready for it."
Nimmo, 19, played for the Short-Season Class-A Brooklyn Cyclones in 2012, hitting .248 with 40 RBI, 6 runs, and 46 walks. He admitted to fatigue, and at times it showed. But it was more good than bad, and a solid follow up to a 2011 debut pro-season, in which he played in just ten games. Last year, he played in 69 games. Not an easy jump.
Here's what else the outfielder had to say just hours before arriving at camp.
On getting stronger this off-season: "It turned out well. I trimmed fat, got rid of some body fat. I'm around the same weight as last year, around 185, but I'm a lot stronger. I was working on mobility. It was a really productive off-season."
On heading to Arkansas: "I went there and worked with a great group of guys in professional baseball. We pushed each other. It was all about getting more flexible and stronger. I can't have my back and legs getting tired...
On 'feeding the wolf': "I worked a lot on my legs. We did dead lifts and one leg split squats. I wanted to train this year with that mindset. And my legs are a lot stronger."
On the challenges of his first full professional season: "It's something everyone has to go through. You're feeling your way around to see what works for you and what doesn't."
Instructs/Spring Training: "The Mets told me after instructional league that they were happy with my progress. My focus this spring is to be healthy and to just make sure I'm ready. I trust the Mets. I feel good about everything. And I'm going to have fun and let it play out."
Brandon was selected by the Mets in the first round (13th overall) of the 2011 MLB Draft. You can follow him on Twitter @You_Found_Nimmo
Here's more of my 2012 coverage of Nimmo:
Gotham Baseball: http://www.gothambaseball.com/2012/07/looking-for-nimmo/
Nimmo Topped Gotham NYPL Awards- http://www.gothambaseball.com/2012/09/gotham-baseballs-minor-league-awards-nypl/