Mets Prospect Andres Gimenez has the chance to be a mainstay for the Mets at Shortstop or Second Base, possibly already in the 2020 season …
Size: 5-foot – 11
Weight: 165 lbs
MLB Pipeline Mets Ranking List: 1
2019 Statistics: Base percentage with 11 double, three homeruns, 16 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 54 games
Andres Gimenez was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In the time of the International Free Agency in 2015, he was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 19th best international prospective, but Baseball America as the second best international prospect.
Gimenez was trained under the guidance of Eduardo Navarro and Baseball America named him the best Venezuelan prospect in the class. He has always been a small athlete with good contact skills and above-average speed. He really stood out on the showcase racetrack, showing incredibly fast hands and the ability to spray line-to-space with a compact swing from line to line. Defensively, he had great hands, a strong arm, and the tools to believe that he would not have a shortstop problem at any point in his career.
On July 2, 201
With the Mets
Gimenez made his professional debut in 2017 when he split time between the two member organizations of the Dominican Summer League Mets. He played a total of 62 games and scored .350 with a base percentage of .469. He had 20 doubles, three homers, 38 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
In 2017 Gimenez skipped all rookie ball levels as an 18-year-old and moved directly to Low-A Columbia. This started a trend that continued throughout his development that would make Gimenez one of the youngest players in his league at every stage of his development. The Mets believed that his advanced approach to the record meant that he would not be outdated at an advanced level playing games. His lack of power was a little worrying as he had only 17 extra base hits. But the Mets were pleased with his progress as his OPS rose every month of the season except when it was a bit worn in August.
In 2018, Gimenez shared the season between High-A St Lucie and Double-A Binghamton at 19 years old. In 85 games with St Lucie he scored .282 with a base percentage of .348 and an OPS of 0.780, the highest since his time in the Dominican Summer League. He even made some progress with 30 additional base hits and his Base Running IQ took a step forward as he was able to turn his above-average speed into 28 stolen bases. He was promoted to Binghamton, played 37 games and had an OPS of 0.702 while adding another 10 stolen bases. In the combination of St. Lucie and Binghamton he reached an average of 0.281, a percentage of 0.347 basis points and 40 additional base hits for 38 stolen bases.
Following his highly successful campaign in 2018, Gimenez was almost unanimously rated as the # 1 in the Mets system in 2019. He had made progress as his base ran, and his ability to hit the ball at higher exit speeds contributed to the fact that the number of additional base hits was higher.
2019 was not so friendly to Gimenez when he repeated Double-A. He missed a time with a hand / wrist injury that hampered him and was difficult to start. At age 20, he's still young, but he has an OPS of .659 and only 17 additional base hits in 54 games. Gimenez has recently started to swing the ball better, and the idea is that he should be more successful in the second half of the Double A season. His start into 2019 did not dampen him too much as a prospect, but you want to make sure he gets going.
Repertoire / Future
Gimenez still has plus flicks and shows the ability to beat for a good average. There are still scouts who believe he will be a hitter when he is fully developed. Power will never be a big part of his game, perhaps reaching a peak in a 10 to 12 homerun player. He has a light figure and there is no belief that he will fill in too much. His calling card for additional base hits is spraying balls into the void, doubling and sometimes using his speed to achieve some threefold. Gimenez is above-average in speed and has developed a high-quality base with IQ, which should make him a more than 20 percent threat to the stolen base.
Gimenez has played both shortstop and second base. He will probably be an above average opponent in both places as he is very lithe and has an above average arm. The Mets prepare him as a shortstop in case Amed Rosario lands in midfield for the long term, or as a second basis in case Rosario remains at Shortstop and the DH enters the NL (possibly leading to leads). Robinson Cano moves there). A player who was much thrown around on Gimenez is Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies. If Gimenez is healthy and returns to the developmental history he has achieved by 2019, he has every day the potential to play shortstop or second base.