Updated September 16, 2019: Mets Top Prospect and shortstop Andres Gimenez had pretty “up & down” season however remained consistent with his glove. Now that the 2019 season is done for Gimenez, the 21 year old Venezuelan has the off-season to rest up before he’s likely to level up for the 2020 season.
Gimenez spent 2019 with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and played in 117 games while accruing 479 at-bats. The young left handed batter and infielder hit .250/.309/.387/.695 with 22 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 54 runs scored alongside 37 runs driven in.
If Gimenez is going to make an immediate impact, it’s likely to be with his glove over his speed and ability to hit the ball. If Gimenez winds up playing the Arizona Fall League this year, it would be great to see him work on his ability to get on base. In 393 career Minor League games, Gimenez owns a .356 on-base percentage and in order for him to be successful, he must maintain that eye and approach.
Throughout the season, Gimenez dropped one spot on the “Top 30” New York Mets prospect list and is now positioned in the number three spot, with only Ronny Mauricio and Brett Baty slotted ahead of him. Gimenez is expected to make his Major League debut during the 2020 season, however with a stacked Mets infield, that may never come to fruition.
October 29, 2018: Before he was pegged as the best prospect in the Mets farm system, as well as one of the top prospects manning down the 6 defensively, young phenom Andres Gimenez was born on September 4th, 1998 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
With the emergence of shortstop Amed Rosario, it’s easy to overlook the rise of Andres Gimenez. The youngster signed with the team in the summer of 2015 for a hefty $1.2 million and has quickly caught the attention of coaches and front office officials alike. To his credit, his approach at the dish is a lot more mature and patient compared to the other 19 and 20 year olds as he tends to work counts and draw walks.
His projected arrival to the show is 2020 though his progress in the minors may warrant for him to join the big league club sooner than originally anticipated. On the 20-80 scale, MLB.com has Gimenez’ hitting ability at 60, Power at 35, Arm at 60, Defense at 60, and a 55 overall rating.
In 2018, Gimenez played 85 games with the St. Lucie Mets, then was promoted to Binghamton where he played 37 games. In High A, the shortstop racked up 308 at-bats while collecting 87 hits, 20 doubles, 4 triples, to go along with his 6 home runs and 28 stolen bases. He sported a .282/ .348/ .432/ .780 slash line in his stint with St. Lucie.
Later on that season, he joined Binghamton where he had 137 at-bats in 37 games. He finished the year in AA with a .277/ .344/ .358/ .702 slash line with Binghamton, picking up 38 hits, 9 of which were doubles to go along with 1 triple and 10 stolen bases.
After 3 seasons in the minors, Gimenez has 1006 at-bats, 292 hits, 58 doubles, 13 triples, 13 home runs and 65 stolen bases. He’s also driven in 115 RBI’s while crossing the plate 164 times. He’s put a .290/ .375/ .413/ .788 slash line in the time he’s spent in the minors.
Assuming Rosario cemented a long term spot at shortstop for the “Orange & Blue”, that makes Gimenez yet another option at second base, to go along with Jeff McNeil as well as T.J. Rivera & Wilmer Flores, depending where the latter two are at during that point of their career’s. Possibly even third with the aging Todd Frazier entering his second and final year of his contract with the Mets.
I’ll go out on the limb & boy, oh boy do I pray I that I’m right but I think it’s safe to say Andres Gimenez won’t pan out to be a Wilfredo Tovar.