Andres Gimenez
20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
New York Mets AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gimenez stole 38 bases and hit .281 across stops at High-A and Double-A, all before turning 20 in early September. His perceived speed and ascension to the upper levels at such a young age resulted in his dynasty-league stock soaring. Baseball America ranked Gimenez the No. 2 prospect in the 2015 July 2 international class, behind Vlad Guerrero Jr., so what amounted to a breakout campaign in 2018 was confirmation of what many had always expected to see from him. He uses the whole field and makes contact at a solid clip (18.3 K%), so he should be able to maintain fairly high batting averages as he moves up the ladder. However, his slight 5-foot-11, 165-pound frame does not lend itself to much power, he lacks patience (6.2 BB%) and while his stolen-base totals suggest he is a burner, he is actually only a 55-grade runner. He should stick up the middle, likely moving to second base in the big leagues, but is slightly overrated in dynasty leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Mets in July of 2015 that includes a $1.2 million signing bonus.
Pops first Double-A homer
SSNew York Mets  AA
April 19, 2019
Gimenez went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, a solo home run and a second run scored for Double-A Binghamton on Thursday.
The 20-year-old has had a sluggish start to the season, and even after this monster performance he still only sports a .229/.289/.457 slash line through eight games. Gimenez played 37 games at Double-A last year, but the Mets' No. 3 fantasy prospect doesn't appear poised for a quick promotion, and the organization has little reason to rush him up the ladder. His carrying tools offensively have been his speed and ability to make contact, but if Gimenez can add some useful power to his profile as well, he becomes a much more intriguing target in formats that only roster a limited number of minor leaguers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The third youngest hitter in the Sally League last year, Gimenez was not overmatched at the plate (107 wRC+) while showing plus speed and the defensive chops to stick at shortstop. He finally struck out more than he walked -- something he hadn’t done in rookie ball -- but his 15.3 percent strikeout rate was the 11th best rate in the league, so making contact remains a very strong skill. The overall package projects to be very similar to J.P. Crawford, as Gimenez will always be ranked higher on real life lists than fantasy lists, because so much of his value is tied to his defense and shortstop. He won’t offer much power and may not offer 20-steal speed by the time he reaches the majors. Still, a player who will remain on top-100 lists for the next several years while hitting for a high average and qualifying at shortstop has value in almost all dynasty leagues.
Gimenez is unlikely to ever be a top-five fantasy shortstop, but he is a good bet to someday be ranked as a top-10 real life prospect. Plus hitters with outstanding defense at shortstop typically tend to rate well in the prospect industry. Dansby Swanson and J.P. Crawford headline this year's batch -- surefire shortstops with plus hitting ability and unspectacular power/speed combinations. That could very well be Gimenez in three or four years. It is typically wise to gamble on tools when investing in rookie level hitters in deep dynasty leagues, but Gimenez is the rare prospect whose polish at a young age makes him exciting. That is not to say he will be a non-contributor in the power/speed departments. Like Swanson and Crawford, he has the potential to notch double-digit homers and steals in his peak seasons, likely falling short of 20. He could get a taste of the New York-Penn League before the end of his age-18 season, so this offseason may represent the last chance to acquire him without a top-100 prospect price tag attached.
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Moves over to minor-league camp
SSNew York Mets  AA
March 12, 2019
The Mets assigned Gimenez to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Taking advantage of playing time
SSNew York Mets  AA
March 9, 2019
Gimenez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.
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Earns invite to spring training
SSNew York Mets  AA
January 17, 2019
Gimenez was invited to the Mets' major-league spring training Thursday.
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Receives promotion to Double-A
SSNew York Mets  AA
July 23, 2018
The Mets promoted Gimenez from High-A St. Lucie to Double-A Binghamton on Sunday, Vincent Lara-Cinisomo of reports.
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Goes yard twice at High-A
SSNew York Mets  AA
June 5, 2018
Gimenez went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI for High-A St. Lucie in Monday's extra-inning win over Tampa.
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