Position: SS Bats/Throws: L/R Age: September 4, 1998 (20)
Acquired: Signed as international free agent by Mets, July 2, 2015.
Previous Ranking: 1
Stats (Binghamton/Las Vegas): 504 PA, .281/.347/.409, 29 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 38 SB .347 wOBA, 116 wRC+
Another year has gone by for us here as we once again having a gathering of the minds to vote for our top prospects within the Mets organization. Many things have changed since 2018. The Mets went from being regarded as lower third farm system, to being in the upper half of some lists. If you’ve been following our prospect write-ups, then you see that this is true despite the prospects that have been moved, which we’ve mentioned at the bottom of every one of these pieces. Notwithstanding, there were many of new names in the ranks of this list, and we hope to have given a stable image of who they are so far, and who they could be. From recent IFA signings, to trade acquisitions, and even some recent draft picks, it’s possible to have seen names that one may only have been lightly familiar with prior. Regardless, at least one thing remained the same, and that was Andres Gimenez at the top of our list.
Our voting process got started in early November, just after the World Series. We’ve seen various changes in this list as trades made us shift up various players in the process. All of this culminating to our end, right here, with Andres Gimenez.
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Most of the industry coincided with our placement, save for MLB.com, who had Pete Alonso (51) a few spots ahead of Gimenez (58) on their top 100 prospects list. If one values proximity and immediate impact, we can see how that could be the end result. Keep in mind that these are two very high regarded prospects, and deservedly so.
Recipient of various accolades this year, his performance all around did not go unnoticed. Gimenez got to share the honor of playing in this years “Futures Game” alongside the aforementioned Alonso. He was also named to MLB Pipeline’s All Defense Team.
Gimenez had a very impressive year being promoted to AA after an excellent showing at high-A at just age 19. More than 3 years younger than the competition (and the third youngest player in the Florida State League), he was hitting .282/.348/.432 (.357 wOBA, 124 wRC+) before being called up, and was hitting .357/.392/.529 (.419 wOBA, 164 wRC+) in the 18 games before said call-up.
This was a solid breakaway from what was about a two week slump in which he hit .143/.234/.196 over 16 games. It truly seemed that there was nothing left for him to prove at the high-A level.
Being promoted to AA at just 19, now about five years younger than the average competition was an impressive feat, but the question was whether or not he’d be able to produce at the same level, and if not, would he be able to make the proper adjustments?
His first ten games there were a bit of a mixed bag. Going hitless in five of those ten games, and getting two or more hits in four of the remaining games, it’s clear he was working his way around a new degree of talent. The remaining 27 games he hit .290/.349/.380, catching up to pitchers, but seeing a big drop in the power that he had found a level prior, but finishing his time in AA with a league average 100 wRC+. Again, for a player about five years younger than the average competition, he certainly impressed.
Perhaps one of the more impressive feats for Gimenez in 2018 was his ability to cut down on strikeouts. Not that Gimenez has a lot of swing and miss in his swing, but he did go from a 19.9 strikeout percentage in high-A to a 14.4 strikeout percentage in AA against tougher pitching. Certainly due in part to an excellent two-strike approach. Gimenez is the type of hitter to fight off pitches and extend an at-bat until he gets a pitch he likes.
Gimenez does have a nice, quick, short stroke at the plate. His hands move very quickly through the zone, and he produces some hard contact for a guy listed at 5′ 11″ and 161 pounds. Not much of a leg kick in his swing, but his hips do explode forward, which gets him what power he does have. Also has pretty strong wrists which help him go the other way.
Just as well, Gimenez does seem to be arching his swing more than he had prior, which could explain the breakout he had, as well as the .149 ISO and his increase in HR/FB rate -5.1 percent in 2017 to 8.2 percent in 2018- in high-A. Thankfully, it is not slowing down his bat through the zone. As he matures, he will likely add some strength, and stretch a few of those extra-base hits in the gap over the wall.
Now, Gimenez’ game is not power, but he does have some sneak power, and he will tag mistakes given to him. Given that he is a bit aggressive at the plate, he isn’t the type to look a gift horse in the mouth. Nevertheless, in his age 20 season, we will look towards his patience at the plate, on top of his excellent contact rates. If Gimenez figures to be a top of the order bat, he will have to figure how to keep getting on base at a higher rate. He’ll have to pay attention to his approach earlier in counts and avoid those outside pitches.
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Gimenez does have above average speed, rated 60/55 by Fangraphs, and 55 by MLB.com, and even stole 38 bases in 2018. The problem is that he was also caught 14 times. While he still has time to learn the art of swiping a bag, a 73% success rate in the major leagues is not the most ideal look, but stolen base runs above average were 1.1 in high-A, and 0.7 in AA. Age and context considered, he left some encouraging notes.
Recognized widely as a strong fielder with a strong arm may help his case as he approaches flushing. While he is currently blocked at short by Amed Rosario, and at second by Robinson Cano, he could have the arm and instincts to move to third. Though, it could be up to Rosario to move to third depending on his own play.
Gimenez will have to keep those sure hands and quick instincts for that to happen though. Playing a fair amount of time at second base in the Arizona Fall League, exactly where he plays isn’t certain, but what seems certain is that he’ll be in the mix somewhere in that infield.
Gimenez is likely to start the year in AA again, but could move up quickly again with a similar first half to what he had last year. Given such a performance, he could be moving up quickly in the depth chart to be the next guy up in Queens. More than likely though, he may receive a call-up in September once the minor league season is over.
Regardless of when he is called up, he will be one of the most highly anticipated young players to reach Flushing. We can only hope that he get ample playing time when that time comes.
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