Chris Gimenez
Chris Gimenez
35-Year-Old CatcherC
Minnesota Twins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gimenez appeared in 77 games as the Twins' backup catcher in 2017, posting a respectable 731 OPS. He also made six appearances as a pitcher in mop-up duty in blowouts. Gimenez walks a lot (14.7 percent rate) and surprised with some pop last year (.161 ISO). He offers above-average defense and pitch-framing skills and is seen as a strong clubhouse presence. He'll fight with Victor Caratini for the Cubs' backup catcher spot this spring. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs in January of 2018. Traded to the Twins in August of 2018.
Recalled from Triple-A
CMinnesota Twins
August 31, 2018
Gimenez has been called up from Triple-A Rochester.
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He'll add catcher depth in September but may not get much playing time. Gimenez has spent most of the season at Triple-A, appearing in just 12 games for the Cubs and slashing a brutal .143/.219/.143 before being traded to Minnesota.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .698 138 22 5 9 0 .212 .316 .381
Since 2016vs Right .658 295 28 8 22 2 .220 .309 .349
2018vs Left .452 7 2 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167
2018vs Right .642 46 3 2 4 1 .214 .261 .381
2017vs Left .699 91 13 3 7 0 .208 .322 .377
2017vs Right .754 134 15 4 9 1 .229 .368 .385
2016vs Left .736 40 7 2 2 0 .229 .308 .429
2016vs Right .557 115 10 2 9 0 .212 .259 .298
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+113%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .718 194 29 6 14 0 .224 .333 .385
Since 2016Away .634 239 21 7 17 2 .212 .294 .340
2018Home .343 15 1 0 0 0 .143 .200 .143
2018Away .731 38 4 2 4 1 .235 .289 .441
2017Home .831 108 19 5 11 0 .233 .377 .453
2017Away .645 117 9 2 5 1 .210 .325 .320
2016Home .638 71 9 1 3 0 .230 .294 .344
2016Away .574 84 8 3 8 0 .205 .253 .321
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How does Chris Gimenez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.36
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
20.8%
 
BABIP
.222
 
ISO
.146
 
AVG
.208
 
OBP
.264
 
SLG
.354
 
OPS
.618
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It's all relative, but Gimenez has discovered a touch of power over the past two seasons. After knocking six home runs over his first six years and 508 plate appearances of partial play, he has hit nine homers in 268 plate appearances since the start of 2015. Late-career power spike aside, this is still a 34-year-old backup catcher who couldn't hit his way out of a paper bag last season and who may go undrafted in 15-team leagues with two catcher spots to fill. He was brought up from the minors when Roberto Perez went on the DL and stayed with the team all season, striking out in more than a quarter of his plate appearances. He'll have the opportunity to compete with John Ryan Murphy for the backup catcher position in Minnesota, but his fantasy relevance is minimal even if he does crack the major league roster.
Gimenez was called up in late July and got in 36 games down the stretch as injuries thinned Texas' catching depth, and he proceeded to slug .490 with five homers and 10 walks in 98 at-bats. It was way out of line with anything he had done in the majors prior, but it was enough for Texas to bring him back on a one-year contract for 2016. He figures to open the year in the role of backup catcher, as the Rangers thinned out their organizational depth with the trading of Jorge Alfaro to Philadelphia. Gimenez has been Yu Darvish's personal catcher in the past, which could also work towards his sticking on the big league roster all season.
The Rangers plucked Gimenez off waivers from the A's days before the start of the season, seeking depth after Geovany Soto went down with a knee injury. GM Jon Daniels was forced to designated Gimenez for assignment less than a week later following another waiver acquisition, but he brought him back on a minor league deal shortly thereafter, and Gimenez would earn a promotion to the big club in late May. Serving as the exclusive catcher for Yu Darvish and backup to Robinson Chirinos, Gimenez hit .262/.331/.355 in 34 games before being sent to Cleveland in a post-deadline waiver deal. He went 0-for-9 while with the Indians, but the Rangers liked him enough to bring him back on another minor league deal in November, perhaps to serve as Darvish's personal catcher yet again. As a 24-year-old in 2007, Gimenez hit 26 homers in the lower levels of the minors, but the power has all but evaporated in recent years and he's unlikely to have fantasy utility in such a limited role.
Gimenez essentially served as the third catcher for the Rays, playing all but four games with Triple-A Durham in 2013. He took a step back and struggled at the plate, hitting .224/.350/.305 with three home runs and 22 RBI, but showed solid plate discipline by taking 57 walks in 375 plate appearances. Claimed off waivers by the A's in December, Gimenez will attempt to stick around at the big league level, despite a crowded depth chart behind the plate in Oakland.
Gimenez spent the majority of 2012 at Triple-A Durham as the third catcher in the Rays' system. In the minors he had a strong year, hitting .310/.389/.483 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI. In addition to catching, he has experience playing both corner outfield and infield spots. He did not have his best performance in the beginning of the season at the big league level filling in for an injured Jose Lobaton, but returned in a September callup with a hot bat (1.066 OPS in 18 games). The Rays could look into adding a veteran catcher, but for now Gimenez will likely stay around Triple-A with Jose Molina and Jose Lobaton ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.
Gimenez provided quality catching depth for the Mariners last season and likely will reprise that role again this year. With Miguel Olivo and John Jaso handling the catching duty, though, Giminez likely will have to hang out at Triple-A Tacoma until he's needed (discounting the unlikely event that Mariners carry three catchers). Adam Moore, who missed nearly all last season with an injury, is in the mix, as well.
Gimenez had been playing the role of organizational soldier, serving every role other than team barber, for the better part of five years before finally getting the call in 2009. He's a career .267/.380/.463 hitter in the minors, but hasn't done any damage above Double-A and hit just .144 in 111 at-bats for the Indians. He can play catcher, first base, third base and the corner outfield spots without embarrassing himself so he figures to give the Indians a cheap, jack-of-all-trades option in a utility role.
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Sent to Twins
CMinnesota Twins
August 30, 2018
Gimenez was traded from the Cubs to the Twins on Thursday in exchange for Bobby Wilson (ankle) and a player to be named later or cash, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
CChicago Cubs
July 6, 2018
Gimenez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Removed from 40-man roster
CChicago Cubs
July 4, 2018
Gimenez was designated for assignment Wednesday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic Chicago reports.
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Gets start Sunday
CChicago Cubs
June 10, 2018
Gimenez is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Pirates.
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Called up from Iowa
CChicago Cubs
May 26, 2018
Gimenez was called up to the big-league team Saturday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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