When looking at top prospect lists, the near unanimous consensus is Andres Gimenez is the top prospect in the Mets farm system. In addition to being considered the Mets best prospect, he is also regarded as one to the top prospects in all of baseball with him being included on nearly every Top 100 prospect list.
When looking for reasons why Gimenez is so well regarded, you don’t need to look further than his numbers. Despite being over five years younger than league average, Gimenez is currently playing well in Double-A. Since he was called-up, he has a 128 wRC+ while stealing seven bases in eight attempts.
Looking at his year on the whole, he has played 110 games between St. Lucie and Binghamton. In those games, he is hitting .289/.356/.423 with 28 doubles, four triples, six homers, and 44 RBI. With his ability to get on base coupled with his stolen base ability, he looks like a future top of the lineup hitter for the Mets.
With him performing this well despite being younger than league average in each of the past two seasons, you are left inquiring as to why he is succeeding where others fail. Certainly, Gimenez is a gifted athlete, but there is certainly more to it.
As a scout told David Lennon of Newsday, the reason why Gimenez is succeeding at high levels at such a young age is because Gimenez is a “good instinctual player and a sponge with instruction.”
Certainly, you could understand people’s skepticism with a quote from an unnamed scout, but this unnamed scout is not the only person who holds similar opinions aobut Gimenez.
Baseball America noted Gimenez has a “high baseball IQ.” Moreover, they believe he has the “instincts and feel for the game” which could keep him at shortstop. John Sickels of Minor League Ball noted Gimenez’s “makeup also a significant positive.” MLB Pipeline believes, “his makeup should allow him to maximize his tools.”
Perhaps more importantly, Mickey Callaway and his coaching staff agree with these sentiments. During Spring Training, Callaway said of the Mets top prospect:
He has such a good clock when he’s out there. The game doesn’t speed up on him. He looks like a veteran fielder. The things that stood out to (bench coach) Gary DiSarcina and myself were his ability to stay locked into the game, move around, remember the hitters be in the right position, always looking in. He’s had some really good instruction. Really nice looking little player. It looks like his defense is going to be solid for a long, long period of time.
Fred Kerber, New York Post
Overall, it seems wherever anyone watches Gimenez play they come away impressed with not only his skills, but also his intellect, response to coaching, and his maturity. When you combine those traits with natural ability, you are going to get a player who is going to get the most out of his ability. Sooner or later that could translate to him being a special player for the Mets.