Mets shortstop prospect Andres Gimenez in camp today. pic.twitter.com/2RztkutMHK
— MetsMinors.Net (@Mets_Minors) March 5, 2017
9. SS Andres Gimenez
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 35 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50
MLB Player Comparison: Royals SS Alcides EscobarEver wonder what it would’ve been like to have $1.2 million at your disposal at 16-years-old? Well Andres Gimenez may be able to help you see what high school might have been like had you been him.
Since receiving that — as Donald Trump would say — huge deal with the Mets in July of 2015, Gimenez has flown up the franchise’s prospect ranks.
At just 17 in Rookie-ball, the Venezuelan shortstop hit .350 with a nearly 1.000 OPS, alongside 20 doubles, four triples, three homers, 38 RBIs and 13 stolen bases over just 275 plate appearances.
The 165 pound, now 18-year-old also more than doubled his strikeouts in walks during 2016, showing an extremely mature and advanced hitting approach that led to a .469 on-base percentage against pitchers mostly senior to himself.
Gimenez has also shown plus speed and fielding ability, two very important characteristics he must hold onto and improve in order to be a major league shortstop some day.