New York Mets shortstop prospect Andres Gimenez, the 58th-ranked player in MiLB as per MLB Pipeline, was sent back to minor league camp by the team on Tuesday. Through 18 Grapefruit League plate appearances this spring, the 20-year-old Venezuelan native was slashing .250/.333/.500 with a homer, two runs batted in, and a double.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke to the media after the team’s 8-1 loss to Miami on Tuesday, confirming that Gimenez was indeed heading back to the minor leagues (video via Mets Farm Report).
“We had his exit meeting today. We sent him down. [He said] he learned a ton. Getting to be in there with [Robinson Cano], watching the major league guys prepare, watching what they think about, how they approach things at the plate […] In the clubhouse he learned a ton. Watching the games, he was present, on the bench […] He was always there. He went the extra mile to stay and watch and continue to learn.”
“On the field, I thought maybe in the first few games in camp there were some jitters and anxiety there, which is totally normal. Then I think he settled in. We saw him make a great play, he hit that homer. He settled in nicely. He’s a great player. He gained a lot of experience this spring so if he gets the chance to come up and help us out this year in the major leagues he’s gonna be ready.”
That’s some awfully high praise for a 20-year-old prospect who didn’t make the second round of cuts this spring. Though, through three minor-league seasons, Gimenez has shown that there could certainly be some special times ahead.
Carrying a .290/.375/.413 slash line through 276 MiLB games, Andres Gimenez continues to impress as he makes his way through the Mets’ organizational ranks. After hitting .350/.469/.523 with 38 RBI through 275 plate appearances in 2016 (Dominican Summer League), Gimenez jumped right into Single-A for the 2017 season and performed well (.265/.346/.349 in 92 games with Columbia).
A scorching run at Advanced-A St. Lucie last season (.282/.348/.432, six homers, 20 doubles, four triples, 30 RBI in 85 games) garnered a well-deserved call-up to Double-A Binghamton for the final third of the MiLB season, and, once again, Gimenez showed exactly why there’s so much hype attached to his name.
Seemingly without skipping a beat, the left-handed hitter sustained his success with Binghamton, hitting .277/.344/.358 over the final 37 games of the Rumble Ponies’ season.
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Gimenez will begin the season in Double-A Binghamton. If all goes well, one would have to assume a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse would be following shortly thereafter.
With his meteoric rise through the Mets’ farm system reaching a critical point, Andres Gimenez’ experiences in the major-league side of camp this spring should give him quite the confidence boost heading into this season. That should bode very well for this prodigious young ballplayer.