Extremely loose and athletic. Standout athleticism. Some
projection in frame. Lower half is filled out, but could stand
to get stronger with his upper body.
Plus bat speed and very quick hands. Unusually advanced contact
skills. Left-handed swing is a work in progress. Starts crouched
and square. Uses a toe-tap. Swing is short and direct to the
ball. Tends to slap at it, looking to put the ball in play
rather than drive it, and doesn’t incorporate his lower half.
From this side has shown a strong willingness to drop a bunt
down for a base hit. Swing is more fluid from the right side of
the plate, his natural side. Utilizes a leg kick and keeps the
barrel in the zone longer. Generates more hard contact. Approach
and pitch recognition are raw, but strikeout rates are very low
due to advanced bat-to-ball skills. Had made clear adjustments
to his set up and left-handed swing in the 2019 Fall
Instructional League, starting with a wider base and using a
more pronounced weight transfer to better incorporate his lower
half. This allowed him to stay in the box longer and square the
ball up more to the pull side in batting practice sessions. Wide
range of outcomes with his future hit tool, but you can dream on
it developing into a plus tool.
Not a major part of his game at present; generates weak exit
velocities. Will flash fringe-average raw power from the right
side of the plate, whereas from the left side, raw power is more
below-average. Swing is more designed for hard line drives in
the gaps than over-the-fence power. Well below-average game
power potential unless he makes significant swing changes, but
that is possible given how recently he began switch-hitting.
Run: Elite speed. Have timed under 3.9
seconds to first from the left side. Puts a lot of pressure on
opposing defenses. Always looks to take the extra base. Very
aggressive. Baserunning instincts, reads, and jumps need
improvement. Stolen base numbers are not representative of his
Field: Plus range and speed make up for lack of
instincts. Jumps need work. Needs to improve tracking the ball.
Overall has the potential to develop into a plus defender in
center field as he improves his instincts and gets more
repetitions in center field.
arm strength. Throws show carry and plenty of zip when he lets
it fly. Accuracy can be a tad inconsistent. Plenty of arm for
any outfield position.
Notes: Led the New York-Penn League and Red Sox minor
leaguers in batting average in 2019. Naturally a right-handed
hitter, only started switch-hitting during 2017 Dominican
Instructional League to better utilize his elite speed. Slipped
through the cracks a bit and signed at 17 for a small bonus.
Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018 and 2019.
Summation: Someone who you can dream on as
a potential everyday player, but has a ways to go
developmentally. The most exciting young outfielder in the
system. Has a chance to develop into one of the top prospects in
the system if he continues to improve. One of, if not the most
athletic player in the system. Shows potential for a plus hit
tool to go along with elite speed. Needs work to refine his
defensive game, but has the tools to develop into a plus
defender. Will flash four average-to-better tools, at least, but
is raw at present and has a long way to go developmentally.
Possesses great work ethic.
Spring Training Video of Gilberto Jimenez 1 (3.22.19)
Spring Training Video of Gilberto Jimenez 2 (3.22.19)
Scouting Report Update (4.14.2020)
State of the System: