Weight: 185 pounds
School: Strawberry Crest HS (FL)
Commitment: Florida State
Arjun Nimmala is a 6’1”, 185-pound middle infielder out of the talent-rich Central Florida region. Nimmala is one of the highest-ranked prospects in the 2023 MLB Draft class. On MLB Pipeline, Nimmala is the 14th-ranked overall draft prospect and the third-ranked shortstop. Nimmala is also the top-ranked prep middle infield prospect in the class. On Perfect Game, Nimmala is the third-ranked prospect and the #1 shortstop in the country. He’s also the #1 prospect in the state of Florida.
Nimmala is an all-around talent prospect with good hitting and defensive tools with above average speed. During his senior season, Nimmala slashed .479/.573/.904 with 35 hits, seven doubles, six home runs, fourteen walks, and a 1.477 OPS.
- Good contact hitter
- Can drive to ball to all fields
- Aggressive hitter
- Projects to play shortstop at the next level
- Raw power potential
- Plus range
- Has some swing-and-miss
- Inconsistent results against tough competition at the plate
Pro Comparison: Didi Gregorius
Projection: Top 15 pick
Arjun Nimmala is being viewed as one of the top talents in this draft class. He has stood out in an area filled with D1 or pro-level talent. That’s despite being exceptionally young for a draft-eligible player—Nimmala won’t turn 18 until October.
If the “safest” college bats are already off the board when it’s time for the Marlins to pick in the #10 spot, Arjun Nimmala could be an option.
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