Mets Top Prospect Andres Gimenez Looks To Keep Improving In BinghamtonPosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - The Binghamton Rumble Ponies roster for the 2019 season is made up of twelve faces who have never played for the Mets Double-A affiliate. A face that highlights this year's roster is New York Mets No. 1 prospect Andres Gimenez. The Venezuelan shortstop returns to Binghamton after stealing 10 bases, collecting 16 RBIs and hitting .277 in 37 games with the Rumble Ponies during the end of the 2018 season.
"I learned a lot last year" said Gimenez. "I was very happy to finish here and I'm even more happy to be back here with these guys and be healthy and win. That's the goal this year."
The twenty year old has relied predominantly on his base running and his quick and smooth defense in the infield. However, his power at the plate has been a question mark, but the young prospect knows that. He also knows that he's a special player. He also knows it's important to keep doing what he's been doing and hone in on adding more muscle and strength to his thin frame as he continues to mature.
"I wanna keep doing what I know" said Gimenez. Give 100 percent on the field and get stronger and bigger and improve my power of the game."
"The game is much faster here [Double-A]. It helped me mature a lot last year."
The 2019 Spring Training non-roster invitee uses a compact, simple swing that rarely hits home-runs. Thirty-eight hits with the Rumble Ponies and none of them were dingers. However, he can make hard contact, especially pulling the ball when it's down and in, although he seems to be more of a gap hitter, and even with additional growth, that profile is unlikely to change very much. Gimenez collected twenty-two strike outs in 137 plate appearances for Binghamton.
"He's a guy who can run the bases" said Rumble Ponies Manager Kevin Boles. "Plays the short game, can handle the bat, great shortstop. He's someone we can move around the infield but he's going to be at shortstop for us. He's a very exciting young talent and I can see why people are very high on him."
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies open their season Thursday in New Hampshire against the Fisher Cats at 6:35 p.m.