Prospect Call Up – Andres Gimenez – SS – New York Mets

At age 19 in 2018, Andres Gimenez made it to Double-A to finish the season, and then went out to Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League. In 2019 he spent all season at Double-A again and took another trip to the desert with Scottsdale where he shined, hitting .371 in 18 games.

Gimenez has made the New York Mets opening day roster and has every ability to hold down the shortstop position. His defensive skills and range are well above average, as he has a career .968 fielding percentage in the minors, with just 49 errors in 368 games, and 11 in 112 games last season.

At the plate, the left-handed hitter has and advanced approach and focuses more on contact than power. His best home run season was last season with just nine, and his career slugging is only .405, but he has nearly an 80-point jump between average and OBP, .278 to .356.

Amed Rosario gets the nod as the current shortstop for the Mets, and he very well may be the future there as well, but Gimenez gives the team good depth there, plus the defensive chops give him the ability to serve as the utility infielder and could be the primary backup at second, short, and third. Robinson Cano is currently the second baseman and signed through 2023, but the addition of the DH to the NL may be the future role for him in New York, allowing Gimenez to become the primary second baseman at some point this season and almost certainly next season.

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