Some media members and baseball fans alike were surprised when the New York Mets added infielder Andrés Giménez to their opening day roster, given his young age of 21.
However, Giménez has rewarded the Mets’ confidence in him with a slash line of .333/.371/.424 with one double, one triple, a team-best three stolen bases and only three strikeouts in 35 plate appearances.
But it has been Giménez‘s speed, hustle, and determination to succeed that has made him really stand out for New York.
All of that was on display when the 5-foot-11 stroked a base hit, proceeded to swipe second, and later scored on a Jeff McNeil fielder’s choice with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning.
Next, using his speedy legs, Giménez beat out a drag bunt down the first baseline and later scored on McNeil’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of Mets’ 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
With Robison Cano out for at least four more games, Giménez figures to continue to see action at second base. And the way he has been playing, that could be a good thing for the Mets, as they continue to fight for a playoff spot in the 2020 truncated MLB season.
— Jerry Del Priore