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Three Mets prospects primed for a major impact in the 2020 season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: A detailed view of the ball bags belonging to the New York Mets sitting in the dugout prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: A detailed view of the ball bags belonging to the New York Mets sitting in the dugout prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 21: Andres Gimenez #72 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Andres Gimenez

Once considered the top prospect in the Mets system, Andres Gimenez’s impact for the Mets has the most variation of the three prospects in this article. The 21-year-old was signed out of Venezuela at the age of 16 for $1.2 million. Even at that age he was touted for having incredible instincts at shortstop and is now considered one of the best defensive shortstops in the minor leagues.

The unfortunate problem for Gimenez is he is a shortstop prospect for the New York Mets who already have a budding young star at shortstop in Amed Rosario.

In the first half of the 2019 season, serious questions were surrounding Rosario about if he could stick at short or if he would need to be moved to a different position. However, Rosario emerged in the second half of 2019 and all of the previously posed questions have been erased. This now leaves Gimenez in a type of baseball purgatory.

He is being blocked by Rosario but that may not be a problem since Gimenez has played some second base over the last couple years. At six-foot, he may be better suited for that position allowing Rosario to stay at shortstop. Unfortunately, again for Gimenez second base is a position where he is blocked by Robinson Cano.

This is not to say that Cano won’t age and need to be moved to the bench which would open a spot for Gimenez, but the Mets have a bunch of players who can play second base. With that being said, the impact that Gimenez can have for the Mets in 2020 is twofold.

The biggest impact he could have would also be the most detrimental to the Mets 2020 season and their playoff hopes. That would be a significant injury to Rosario. If Rosario were to get hurt and be out for a while Gimenez could step in and handle the position defensively at the very least. Gimenez would probably not be able to replicate Rosario’s offensive ability but he has shown flashes of good offensive capability.

In 2018, Gimenez played across both St. Lucie and Binghamton and slashed .281/.347/.409/.756 with 38 steals. This is probably his ceiling. He does have a 60 hit too but he has little to no extra-base power.

This does not mean he cannot handle filling in for Rosario because his defense at shortstop would have a big impact on the Mets in 2020 and some may even say an upgrade.

The other way he could have a major impact for the team in 2020 would be as a back-up shortstop and a left-handed hitter off the bench. This is not a very glamorous impact for a team trying to contend for a world championship in 2020 but if the most successful teams from 2019 are examined to see what made them so successful it would show that they all had strong benches and strong depth at all positions.

Currently, the Mets do not have a back-up shortstop. They have an offensive pedestrian in Luis Guillorme and a 36-year-old Jed Lowrie who has not played shortstop regularly since 2015. These are not good options. Therefore, having Andres Gimenez as one of your bench players would have a significant impact. If Rosario needs a day off the Mets have someone who can step in and be competent.

The potential impact he may have in 2020 may not sound major but when the team is examined from top to bottom it would be a major boost to have Gimenez on the team in 2020.

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