By Jerry Del Priore
With the New York Mets seemly set for the foreseeable future at shortstop with Amed Rosario, there’s another option in Andres Gimenez, the Mets number one preseason prospect on MLBPipeline.com.
This is a high-class conundrum that makes for interest fodder.
Gimenez, an international free agent signing in 2015, is currently leading the St. Lucie Mets (Advanced-A Ball) of the Florida State League in average (.292), runs scored (27), and stolen bases (17). Plus, two home runs, 15 RBI and 16 extra base hits with .795 OPS in 161 at-bats through 45 games.
While power isn’t part of the Barquisimeto, Venezuela, native’s game, adding some strength and size to his five-11, 161-pound frame should provide him with more extra base pop.
However, he’ll need to cut down on his strikeout to walk ration, as he’s whiffed 37 times to just drawing 11 walks. Gimenez is only 19, giving him time to develop in the minors. Prior to the 2018 season, he was known to have an advanced approach at the plate that was beyond his age and experience. Therefore, those numbers should hopefully switch as he figures the strike zone out.
When the time comes in which New York seriously considers calling Gimenez up, and he’s still with the organization (baring any trades), the process of grooming him for second base could be already in the works. That would make for a fantastic double combination with Rosario.