NEW YORK -- Negotiations to sign first-round Draft pick Brandon Nimmo have entered the final week for the Mets, who remain confident they can ink their top selection.
Though it was more than two months ago that the Mets chose Nimmo, a high school outfielder out of Cheyenne, Wyo., with the 13th overall pick in the Draft, they never anticipated signing him until much closer to Major League Baseball's Aug. 16 deadline. For comparison's sake, the Mets did not sign last year's top pick, right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey, until minutes before the deadline expired.
General manager Sandy Alderson has maintained confidence throughout the process that signing Nimmo will not be an issue.
Teams have until 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday to come to terms with their draftees, meaning official notification must be in the Commissioner's Office when the clock strikes midnight. A team that does not sign its first- or second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will come at the same slot, plus one. In other words, if a team does not sign the No. 9 overall pick, it would receive the No. 10 pick -- technically 9A -- the following year. A team does not receive a 2012 pick if it does not come to terms with a selection made with a compensation pick this year.
Nimmo, whose Wyoming high school does not have a baseball team, hit .448 with 15 home runs in 70 games last summer for his American Legion club, also stealing 34 bases. His selection represented a gamble that ran counter to the organization's recent Draft trends.
"We weren't interested in making the safest pick," director of amateur scouting Paul DePodesta said immediately following the Draft. "We were interested in the pick that could have the most impact."
The Mets have already signed nine of their other top 11 Draft selections, including sandwich-round pick Michael Fulmer and second-round pick Cory Mazzoni, both right-handed pitchers. Third-rounder Scott Verrett, another right-hander, remains unsigned.