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Andres Gimenez
Trending: ↓ 38%
SS | B/T: L/R | 5' 11" 161LBS | Age: 22

MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2020 132 118 22 31 3 12 8 .263 .333 .398 .732
1 Season 132 118 22 31 3 12 8 .263 .333 .398 .732
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2020 .263 3 12 8 .732
1 Season .263 3 12 8 .732

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2020 NYM NL 49 132 118 22 31 3 2 3 12 7 28 8 1 6 .263 .333 .398 .732
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2020 NYM NL 132 47 59 0 1 .318 8 0 13 501 3.795 .212 .023 .250 .136 .136 0

Scouting Report

2020

Gimenez has been challenged at every stage in his career since the Mets signed him for $1.2 million out of Venezuela in July 2015. After opening eyes on both sides of the ball in his first full season, Gimenez reached Double-A as a 19-year-old in late 2018 and held his own in the Eastern League, faring well over a 37-game stretch. He got off to a slow start last year in his return to the level, but improved as the season unfolded and slashed .276/.318/.444 with six homers over his final 56 games at Binghamton. Gimenez's second-half success carried over into his second straight Arizona Fall League campaign, and he ultimately claimed the circuit's batting title with a .371 average after batting just .125 the previous year.

One of the better defensive shortstops in the Minor Leagues, Gimenez shows excellent range in all directions thanks to his combination of speed, first-step quickness and veteran-like instincts. Soft hands and a plus, accurate arm fuel his overall consistency, and he enjoyed his best defensive campaign to date in 2019, committing just 11 errors in 112 games as Binghamton's everyday shortstop. At the plate, the left-handed hitter focuses on peppering line drives from gap to gap and has long exhibited an advanced approach for his age. Though physically undersized, Gimenez does have sneaky pop that shows when he drives the ball to the opposite-field gap, and he stands to unlock more power as he adds strength and learns how to turn on the ball. A true plus runner who gets out of the box well and consistently posts plus home-to-first run times, he led all Mets farmhands with 38 stolen bases in 2018 and added another 28 steals in his first full Double-A campaign.

While Gimenez wouldn't be overmatched defensively if he opened the 2020 season in the Major Leagues, the same cannot be said about his bat. At the same time, Gimenez also is still plenty young -- he'll be 21 for the entire 2020 season -- and already has shown a capacity for making adjustments against almost exclusively older competition. Scouts are more optimistic than ever about Gimenez's chances of becoming a regular after his strong finish in 2019, and, at the very least, he should offer value as a defensive-minded backup who provides value on the basepaths.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 35 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

The Mets have never shied away from pushing young infielders up the organizational ladder if they felt they could handle the challenge, with players like Amed Rosario and Wilmer Flores making their big league debuts at age 21 in recent years. Gimenez, who signed in July 2015 for $1.2 million and made it to Double-A in 2018 before he turned 20, appears to be on a similar path.

Gimenez might be among the most unassuming-looking top prospects in the game given his small frame, but he has tools on both sides of the ball. He can flat-out play shortstop, and should be able to play there long-term thanks to his strong arm, excellent hands, range and plus instincts for the position. While he's not a burner, he has above-average speed, and he maximizes it both defensively and as a hitter, leading the organization in stolen bases in 2018. He has a very good approach at the plate that leads to consistent contact, and he's shown he's not afraid to draw a walk. He may never win a home run derby, but the 2018 Futures Gamer showed more extra-base thump in '18, with a bit more to come.

In another system, Gimenez would be the heir apparent at shortstop. With Rosario there in the big leagues, Gimenez got a lot of time at second base in the Arizona Fall League last fall, perhaps a sign of things to come.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 35 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Ranked No. 19 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 international prospects list in 2015, Gimenez signed with the Mets that July for $1.2 million. His pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, where the infielder led the circuit in on-base percentage and finished second in batting average and third in OPS, gave the Mets confidence to leap him all the way up to the full-season South Atlantic League for his United States debut in 2017. He more than held his own as one of the youngest position players in the league.

Gimenez has an advanced approach at the plate that belies his age and experience. He works counts and draws walks while making consistent hard contact with a simple and quick swing from the left side of the plate. Gimenez needs to continue to add strength, and while over-the-fence power will likely never be a huge part of his game, he should mature into impacting the ball more with extra-base authority, eventually becoming a plus hitter. He has above-average speed at present, which helps him on the basepaths and in the field. He has the arm, hands and range to play shortstop long-term and his makeup should allow him to maximize his tools.

Now on a faster track because of the aggressive promotion in 2017, Gimenez's skills and maturity should allow him to keep streaking up the system. The Mets obviously have Amed Rosario at short in New York, and while the organization doesn't have to worry about it just yet, no one worries about Gimenez's ability to slide to second base if needed.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 35 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

When teams acquire young international talent, as the Mets did by giving Gimenez $1.2 million to sign in July 2015, it often comes with the understanding that while the raw tools might be plentiful, it might take time for them to be refined and the player to mature. When a teenager shows tremendous skills and beyond-his-years maturity, that's when an organization thinks it might have someone special. And that's how the Mets feel about Gimenez.

During his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, the Venezuelan shortstop finished second in batting average and third in OPS, and the Mets feel the numbers are legit. That's largely because of his advanced approach, one that saw him walk twice as often as he struck out in 2016. The left-handed hitter has plus bat speed with the chance to be a 60 hitter when all is said and done. While he's never going to have a ton of power, he's not a slap hitter, either. Gimenez is definitely a shortstop long-term, using his above-average athleticism and speed well in the field as well as on the basepaths.

While Gimenez might not be the pure tool package that Amed Rosario is, he has the chance to be a really good up-the-middle player. Because of his off-the-charts makeup, the Mets felt comfortable pushing him and he had a solid United States debut in the full-season South Atlantic League in 2017 at age 18.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 35 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Ranked No. 19 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 30 International Prospects list heading into the July 2015 signing period, Gimenez received $1.2 million from the Mets to sign out of Venezuela.

Gimenez reminds some in the organization of fellow Venezuelan shortstop Luis Carpio in terms of his maturity and feel for the game at such a young age. He has a good feel for hitting with a line-drive approach. Gimenez is quick to the ball and makes consistent hard contact, showing an ability to drive the ball to the gaps. While he's only 5-foot-11, he has some strength and bat speed, and it's not out of the question that he'll develop some power in the future. Gimenez is a very smooth fielder, potentially a touch better than Carpio, with excellent hands, actions and plenty of arm. He runs well, which gives him ample range and should allow him to be an excellent baserunner. 

Gimenez is just getting started in pro ball and will be 17 for all of the 2016 season. For a system deep in shortstop prospects, he gives them one more with a ton of upside.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2020 497 91 3 3.3 86.8 13.5 30.8 .253 .382 .318 .313 .350 26.4 20.6 5.3
ALL 497 91 3 3.3 86.8 13.5 30.8 .253 .382 .318 .313 .350 26.4 20.6 5.3
MLB 43517 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .416 .317 .322 .378 34.9 21.8 8.3

Rankings



Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/26/2020 New York Mets placed SS Andres Gimenez on the 10-day injured list.
08/28/2020 New York Mets activated SS Andres Gimenez from the 10-day injured list.
08/25/2020 New York Mets placed SS Andres Gimenez on the 10-day injured list.
07/23/2020 New York Mets recalled SS Andres Gimenez from Syracuse Mets.
03/20/2020 New York Mets optioned SS Andres Gimenez to Syracuse Mets.
11/20/2019 New York Mets selected the contract of Andres Gimenez from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
08/28/2019 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to Scottsdale Scorpions.
06/15/2019 Binghamton Rumble Ponies activated SS Andres Gimenez from the 7-day injured list.
06/05/2019 Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed SS Andres Gimenez on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 3, 2019.
01/17/2019 New York Mets invited non-roster SS Andres Gimenez to spring training.
07/23/2018 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.
07/16/2018 St. Lucie Mets activated SS Andres Gimenez from the temporarily inactive list.
07/14/2018 St. Lucie Mets placed SS Andres Gimenez on the temporarily inactive list.
04/03/2018 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to St. Lucie Mets.
03/26/2018 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to Las Vegas 51s from Columbia Fireflies.
03/05/2018 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to New York Mets.
09/27/2017 Columbia Fireflies activated SS Andres Gimenez from the 7-day disabled list.
08/30/2017 Columbia Fireflies placed SS Andres Gimenez on the 7-day disabled list.
04/29/2017 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to Columbia Fireflies.
04/29/2017 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to Columbia Fireflies.
03/11/2017 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to New York Mets.
07/15/2016 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to DSL Mets1 from DSL Mets2.
06/03/2016 SS Andres Gimenez assigned to DSL Mets2.
07/02/2015 New York Mets signed free agent SS Andres Gimenez to a minor league contract.