Andres Gimenez was more than big league ready
Let’s end this on a positive note. Andres Gimenez is playing in nearly every game for the Mets this year, often coming in late as a defensive replacement. He is also cycling through the infield and starting a few games, taking over on a role I thought belonged to Luis Guillorme.
Gimenez hasn’t experienced those rookie jitters just yet. In 13 plate appearances, he’s slashing .308/.308/.462 with his first career triple and stolen base out of the way.
With rookies, one number I often look at is the strikeout totals. Gimenez has fanned once which is a positive early sign. He’s not a home run hitter and will benefit most from being able to put the ball in play. He has done that and more all the while showing he belongs in the big leagues.
Gimenez may not be quite ready to start every day. That’s not a concern because there really isn’t anywhere for him to fit in. Cano is hitting and it’s far too soon to give him regular at-bats Amed Rosario would otherwise receive.
It’s looking like the Mets will deploy Gimenez as a super-utility infielder whose primary purpose will be to supply them with some more stable defense. I suspect we’ll also watch him get some pinch-running opportunities. If he continues to hit, he may even become an option in that role.
I wrongfully believed this year wouldn’t include many, if any, Mets rookies on the roster. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Gimenez is playing regularly, David Peterson is in the rotation, and even Franklyn Kilome has made his MLB debut.
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The 2020 season will continue to give us surprises—good and bad. One thing I’m not surprised about is how Jacob deGrom’s starts ended with a no-decision.