Gilberto Jimenez Minors Outfield

Age: 20
Born: July 8, 2000
Birthplace: San Cristobal, DR
Height: 5-11
Weight: 160
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (Aug. 2017)
College: -
High School: -
ETA: Late 2023 

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Gilberto Jimenez photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: heel-BARE-toe
First Pro Contract: August 1, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Eddie Romero & Manny Nanita
Signing Bonus: $10,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/20): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB contract
Twitter: -
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  Physical Description: 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.

Hit: 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.

Power: 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 true speed.
  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.

: Plus 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.

Career 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: Outfielders (5.13.20)
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2018 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 67 257 42 82 10 8 0 22 108 19 40 16 14 0.319 0.384 0.420 0.804
  2019 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 18 59 234 35 84 11 3 3 19 110 13 38 14 6 0.359 0.393 0.470 0.873
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2020 - - - - 19     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  Red Sox Latin Program Position Player of the Year (2018)
2019 New York-Penn League All-Star
  2019 Pre-Season All-Star
2019 All-Star
2019 Breakout Player of the Year
2020 Pre-Season All-Star

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