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Nimmo excited about possibility of Futures Game

Nimmo excited about possibility of Futures Game

NEW YORK -- As he climbs through the Mets' Minor League system, Brandon Nimmo is working to prove he can be part of the organization for years to come. For one day in July, one of the team's top prospects might have the chance to give Mets fans a glimpse of his highly touted skills.

Nimmo, the Mets' No. 4 prospect, is one of five finalists for a spot on the U.S. team at the 2013 Sirius XM All-Star Futures game, which will be held at Citi Field on July 14. The game is a showcase of some of the best players in the Minor Leagues, and Nimmo's hoping to be among them.

For the first time, fans will determine the final player on the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot. There are five candidates for each team, and voting ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

In addition to voting for Nimmo on the web at MLB.com/futuresfinalists, fans can vote for him using their mobile phones to cast votes via text message. To receive the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. Vote for Nimmo via text by sending his code (U5) to 89269. All votes are final. Standard rate text messaging fees apply (check with mobile carriers for details).

Nimmo would be the third Mets prospect to play in the game, as Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard will participate.

Playing for Class A Savannah, Nimmo is hitting .274 with one home run, 21 RBIs and a .378 on-base percentage. A trip to the disabled list with a left hand contusion interrupted his season, but Nimmo still earned a spot on the Southern Division All-Stars roster at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 18.

The Mets drafted Nimmo, 20, with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

On a conference call with reporters on Friday, Nimmo said he's looking forward to the possibility of playing in the Futures Game, an experience he said he would benefit from greatly.

"I'm just trying to soak it all in," Nimmo said. "It would be pretty amazing to be in that group of players, best players in Minor League baseball. I'm just enjoying the experience right now, and I'm just blessed to be a part of it."

He also said it would be a great learning experience, since he could pick the brains of the other players, learning about how they go about their games and also about the different leagues they play in.

Nimmo said he thinks his development is right on track, but he still wants to develop greater consistency with his game -- both at the plate and on the field. More experience and more reps, he said, will go a long way toward doing that.

"I think I need to improve on everything," Nimmo said, "and it'll stay that way until, and even after, I make it to the Major Leagues."

Despite the Futures Game being played at Citi Field, Nimmo said he wouldn't place any more pressure on himself. It's one game, not nearly enough time to draw any major conclusions from the way he plays.

Still, he could be around Mets fans and they could have the chance to see him. He might be a regular here within the next few years.

"I am just so thankful that the fans are supporting this so much, and it just goes to show, I think, that they're the best fan base in baseball," Nimmo said. "I just would soak it in, enjoy the experience, try and treat it as a lifetime experience, something to learn from."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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