This season has been a breakout year for Gimenez, who jumped to number 55 overall on our recent Midseason Top 125 Prospects update after reaching Double-A as a 19-year-old. An athletic 5’11’’ and 160-pounds, he has an ideal frame for the middle infield that will add strength without sacrificing mobility. Gimenez has defensive instincts and poise well beyond his years, already grading as an above-average defender at short that projects as future plus. He ranges well to both sides with a quick first step, knocking down a few balls across my three-game look that often dribble into the outfield. He can finish plays throwing on the run and from different arm-slots, also showing the ability to plant his feet and show off a 60-grade hose with strong carry from the hole.
Offensively, Gimenez makes stronger game contact than his wiry frame suggests. It’s a quick left-handed swing that’s direct to the ball without any large holes. He hits with a plan and showed the ability to take a close fastball, though adjusting to off-speed stuff will need to be a priority: the bat-to-ball skill was noticeably less advanced against non-fastballs, especially from same-side pitching. Gimenez is still growing into homerun loft, but his hard line-drive contact and flashes of pull power give reason to project on his ability to drive the baseball. He’s a plus runner who gets up the line quickly and is a regular stolen base threat.
Gimenez’ mix of floor and upside has made him one of baseball’s better shortstop prospects. A plus defender at a premium position with the tools to be at least a .260-.275 hitter, he’s an easy FV 55 prospect who projects as an above-average big leaguer. If he can add 16-20 homerun power despite a smaller frame, Gimenez has FV 60 all-star potential in a Trea Turner mold. His youth shows at times and he’s still a few years away from ready, but this could be the Mets’ shortstop of the future.