A.J. Jimenez

33-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
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$Released by the Blue Jays in February of 2017.
Clears waivers Monday
CTexas Rangers  
November 6, 2017
Jimenez cleared waivers and was offered an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
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Now that he's cleared waivers, Jimenez can choose to accept the assignment to Round Rock or become a free agent. The 27-year-old backstop had a lackluster 2017 campaign. Over 51 games with Round Rock he hit .245 with a .673 OPS. Strikeouts were a problem for Jimenez, as he struck out in 45 of his 207 plate appearances.
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The Rangers' late-July trade of Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies allowed Jimenez to move up a rung on Texas' organizational catching ladder, culminating in a September callup for the 27-year-old. A defensive-minded backstop, Jimenez hasn't recorded a wRC+ above 100 in his past four seasons in the minors and unsurprisingly offered little offensively during his brief stint in the big leagues, recording one hit in 13 plate appearances. The Rangers removed Jimenez from the 40-man roster after the season, likely leaving him to settle for a minor-league contract heading into 2018. Jimenez could earn another look in the majors when injuries thin a team's catching ranks, but his lack of polish as a hitter may permanently relegate him to backup duties.
Jimenez suffered through yet another injury-plagued season, something that's quickly becoming a recurring problem for the promising catcher prospect. He played in Double-A and Triple-A last season, hitting a combined .194/.261/.278 line in just 28 games. Jimenez had surgery on his left wrist in June and missed the remainder of the 2015 season, and he has never played in more than 102 games in a minor league season with just 2015 games played over the past four seasons, with a laundry list of injuries that includes Tommy John surgery in 2012. Once one of the team's most promising prospects, he's no longer listed among their top-30 prospects. He's likely to start in Triple-A, but with Max Pentecost and Dan Jansen coming up through the system and Russell Martin signed to a long-term deal, Jimenez's path to the big leagues is exceedingly crowded. Furthermore, he hasn't hit above .260 at any level since 2013, which means that he will need to pick up his production at the plate if he wants to see a role at the major league level.
A 2008 ninth-round pick, Jimenez has done well to advance so far up the Blue Jays’ organizational ladder, finishing 2014 with 58 games at Triple-A Buffalo. His defensive chops are the primary reason he has continued to rise through the minor league ranks. Jimenez hosed 42 percent of would-be base stealers at Triple-A, and figures to be an above-average catcher in all respects defensively. Sadly, the bat lags behind the defensive profile. The 24-year-old slashed .249/.289/.351 with four home runs in 339 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014. The Blue Jays have clearly taken note of Jimenez’s offensive struggles, signing Russell Martin to a long-term deal this offseason, essentially wrapping up the everyday job behind the plate for the foreseeable future. While Jimenez may carve out a role as Martin’s backup in the coming years, he is unlikely to bring much to the table from a fantasy standpoint.
Jimenez spent most of 2013 with Double-A New Hampshire, slashing .276/.327/.394 with three home runs and one stolen base in 223 plate appearances. He earned a brief promotion to Triple-A Buffalo at the end of the season, indicating that he could open 2014 at the highest level of the minors. While a lack of power limits his upside, Jimenez shows good enough bat control to potentially make it as a backup in the majors. The addition of Dioner Navarro and Erik Kratz during the offseason will likely afford Jimenez to get a full season in as a starter at Triple-A.
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Draws rare start Thursday
CTexas Rangers  
September 29, 2017
Jimenez went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Athletics.
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Receives September callup
CTexas Rangers  
September 1, 2017
Jimenez was called up by the Rangers on Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Sent to minor-league camp
CTexas Rangers  
March 28, 2017
Jimenez was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.
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Inks minors deal with Rangers
CTexas Rangers  
February 17, 2017
Jimenez agreed to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training with the Rangers on Friday.
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Released by Blue Jays
CFree Agent  
February 13, 2017
Jimenez was released by the Blue Jays on Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
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