We thought we were done with Mets Non-Roster Invitee articles but there are actually three more to do. We accidentally skipped the #1 prospect in the Mets organization (embarrassing), we forgot to add Adeiny Hechavarria to the list and Carlos Gomez was signed after the series wrapped up before the end of February, so over the next three days we are going to catch up and fix this!
Andres Gimenez was the #17 prospect in the Mets organization in 2017 according to Baseball America and then shot up to the #1 prospect in the Mets farm system the following year. (He’s still holding that #1 prospect in the 2019 book that was just published).
Gimenez’s name was mentioned a lot early this off-season when the Mets and baseball pundits were trying to pontificate a way for the Mets to acquire JT Realmuto. One plan was to trade Amed Rosario and replace him with Gimenez. In this universe, Andres Gimenez was not going to be ready opening day, and to be honest we’ll be surprised if he gets called up before late 2020.
He’s not projected to have the same bat as Rosario but his athleticism is what got him the ranking as a Mets top prospect. He was invited to major league spring training, like other top prospects in recent years to get a look at major league hitting and so major league coaches can get a better look at him.
We also already profiled him back in December, so if you want more on his playing ability head here.
In major league spring training games this spring he had 18 PA’s and hit .250/.333/.500 with a homer a double. The knock on him has been his power so it was nice to see him flash it. He’s only 20 and should be going to Binghamton so maybe pay him a visit this year!