In their annual review of all ten full-season minor leagues, Baseball America noted that 19-year-old shortstop Andres Gimenez, the top prospect in the Mets’ system, was the third youngest player in the Florida State League as of Opening Day. Playing for the St. Lucie Mets, Gimenez is the first Mets prospect since Amed Rosario to spend his age-19 season at the High-A level.
After an aggressive late-April promotion to Low-A Columbia in 2017, Gimenez, who at the time had not played above the Dominican Summer League level, held his own against players who were mainly more than three years his elder.
In 92 games with the Fireflies, the native Venezuelan hit .265/.346/.349 with four home runs, 17 total extra-base hits, and 14 stolen bases.
Promoted to St. Lucie to begin the 2018 season, Gimenez started the year with a bang, homering against Bradenton on Sunday.
Through this season’s first six games, he’s hit safely in five, reaching base via a hit by pitch in the other.
Watching Gimenez, it’s easy to see the raw tools that scouts have raved about since he was 15 years old. From the left-handed batter’s box, his swing is short, quick, and compact, and as shown in the video above, he owns more strength than his age and frame would let on. In the field, Gimenez has mature, smooth actions and a strong enough arm to keep him at shortstop long-term.
It’s going to be exciting to watch Gimenez for years to come.