According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal infielder T.J. Rivera is being promoted to the Majors with outfielder Brandon Nimmo being demoted back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Rivera was recently named the Pacific Coast Player of the Week for last week’s action and has been a constant force in the middle of the Las Vegas 51’s lineup all season. The 27-year old infielder was currently hitting .349 with 11 HR’s and 80 RBI’s for the 51’s. He is widely recognized as one of the best hitters, if not the best in the PCL. Rivera also has the highest Minor League Batting average among active players over his six seasons in the Minors at .323.
The Mets are looking for any offense they can get at this point and Rivera seems to have nothing left to prove in the Minors. Rivera who is predominately an infielder gives the Mets an extra right-handed bat off the bench, and could give Ty Kelly more time in the outfield. I believe Rivera’s Major League debut was long overdue and I’m rooting for him to make an impact for the big league team, as he seems to have the tools to carve out a successful utility role for the team.
The 23-year-old Nimmo who was just recalled on Thursday was part of the numbers game as the Mets are simply too left-handed heavy in the outfield. He will also receive more consistent at-bats in Las Vegas, as he simply was being regulated to pinch hitting appearances for the Mets currently. I’m sure we will see the 23-year old outfielder back up when rosters expand in September. Nimmo was hitting .237 in 59 at-bats with the Mets this season.