New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez lands on MLB’s top 100 list
By Tim Boyle
Number one New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez is the first farmhand in the system to crack MLB.com’s list of the best rookie-eligible players in baseball.
If you’ve kept up with MLB.com’s top 100 prospects list, you may have noticed the New York Mets finally have a player on it. Way down at number 100 sits shortstop Andres Gimenez. The top prospect in the team’s system, it’s about time someone received some recognition.
Enough players have graduated from the original list for Gimenez to climb on. A testament to the difference between the two organizations, the graduating class of 2018 includes New York Yankees phenom Gleyber Torres.
Gimenez is several years away from reaching the big leagues. The 19-year-old shortstop is in his third professional season but making great strides.
Gimenez has already smacked four home runs this year, tying his previous high set last year. More notable is the fact that he has swiped 21 bases through his first 54 games. While it’s nice to see him increase his power numbers, it’s the stolen base potential I could see him growing into further.
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The Mets are one of the weakest teams when it comes to running the bases. It seems the last time they had a true stolen base threat was back in the early Jose Reyes days. When Gimenez makes it to the majors, we may see him challenge.
Although Gimenez only recently landed on MLB.com’s top 100 prospect list, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus gave him preseason rankings at 94 and 82, respectively.
It wouldn’t be a shock if Gimenez has company on MLB.com’s list later this season. Pitcher David Peterson is having an amazing year. Fellow pitcher Justin Dunn has also impressed.
We also can’t forget Peter Alonso and his hot bat this season. When the experts re-do the whole thing midseason, there’s a very good chance he makes a major climb.
The Mets began the season with one of the weakest farm systems in baseball. Gimenez and the boys have shown there is something to like about these kids.
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Maybe there is some hope for this team’s future after all.