New York Mets shortstop prospect Andres Gimenez has been one of the pleasant surprises thus far in 2017 making his stateside and full season debut for the Columbia Fireflies.
Gimenez has played nine games for the Mets Low-A affiliate and has reached base in every game while playing shortstop and hitting at the top of the order.
The 18-year old is hitting an impressive .278/.381/.417 with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs in that span. Not bad for a kid that skipped over the GCL, Appalachian League and New York-Penn League.
His only pro experience prior to the 2017 season was playing in the Dominican Summer League last year in his pro debut. In 62 games for the DSL Mets last season, he hit .350/.469/.523 with 20 doubles, four triples, three homers and 46 walks compared to 22 strikeouts.
Baseball America released their updated Top 100 MLB Prospect earlier today and Gimenez made his debut on their list at #97. He was not in BA’s preseason Top 100, but was mentioned as one of their breakout candidates. Keith Law also mentioned Gimenez as a sleeper prospect during the offseason.
FanGraphs ranked Gimenez as the #82 prospect in baseball before the season, his only listing in a Top 100 list.
Rosario, 21, is hitting .371/.413/.508 with nine doubles, triple, two home runs, 20 RBI and seven stolen bases in 32 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Smith, 21, has played in 33 games for the 51s and his hitting .326/.378/.470 with eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 21 RBI.
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