Queens, N.Y. – Former Colombia Fireflies infielder Andres Gimenez made his Major League debut last night. The New York Met entered the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement at second base for Robinson Cano. He is the seventh former Fireflies player to play in the big leagues.
The Mets third-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, played 92 tilts with the Fireflies in 2017, 89 of which were at shortstop. At age 18, he hit .265, with four homers and 32 RBI in the South Atlantic League. New York named the Venezuela native as a Mets Organizational All-Star in 2018, as well as a Post-Season All-Star for the Florida State League that year.
The Mets inked the shortstop as an international free agent in 2015.
Gimenez, 21, is the first former Firefly to debut in the majors since Anthony Kay made his first big league start for the Toronto Blue Jays on September 7, 2019.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo courtesy of Columbia Fireflies.