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Andrés Alfonso Giménez
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 161 lb.
Infielder Andrés Giménez was signed by the New York Mets on July 2, 2015 out of his native Venezuela. His first professional experience came in 2016, with the DSL Mets 1 and DSL Mets 2, where he hit a combined .350 in 62 games. Given his outstanding hitting in the Dominican Summer League, he skipped a couple of minor league levels when he moved to the United States, being sent straight to full-season Class A with the Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League in 2017. While teammate Tim Tebow was gathering all the media attention, he hit an impressive .265/.346/.349 in 92 games as the team's regular shortstop, while 3 1/2 years younger than the average player in the league.
Gimenez continued his rapid progression in 2018, splitting the season between the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League and the Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League. In 122 games, he hit .281/.347/.409, with 62 runs scored. He was named to play in the 2018 Futures Game and was an organizational All-Star. He did struggle in the Arizona Fall League after the season, hitting just .125, but not having turned 20 yet, he was much younger that the average player in that circuit composed of the best prospects in all of baseball. He spent 2019 in AA with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, where he hit.250/.309/.387 in 117 games.
Giménez had not posted eye-popping numbers in the minors, but when the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in the minor league season being canceled in 2020, the Mets decided to bring him up with the big league squad, even if they would likely have chosen to at least start the year at AAA had that option been in the cards. He ended playing pretty well, as he hit .263 in 49 games, with 22 runs scores, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. His OPS+ of 102 was actually quite a bit better than that of starting shortstop Amed Rosario, considered a future cornerstone of the team. Without a regular position, Gimenez played 23 games at SS, 19 at 2B and 10 at 3B, as manager Luis Rojas tried to have him in the line-up as much as possible. His solid production did not go unnoticed, and on January 7, 2021, when the Cleveland Indians traded SS Francisco Lindor and P Carlos Carrasco to the Mets, he was one of the four young players they received in return, alongside Rosario, P Josh Wolf and OF Isaiah Greene.