Gilberto Jiménez Greenville Drive Outfield

Age: 22
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)

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Pronunciation: gil-BAIR-toe HIM-en-ez
First Pro Contract: August 1, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Eddie Romero & Manny Nanita
Signing Bonus: $10,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
Twitter: -
Instagram: @gilbertojimenez508

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  Physical Description: Was extremely loose and athletic, but has lost some of that athleticism as he has physically matured. Is still an above-average athlete. Lower half is filled out. Has transformed his body since signing; once on the skinny side, is now thick and physical.

Hit: High-variance hit tool. Quick hands, but bat drags some. Solid contact skills. Very flat swing. A natural right-handed hitter, started hitting from the left side in the fall of 2017. Has made strides with his left-handed swing, but it is still a work in progress. Starts open in a crouch and utilizes a toe tap timing device. Does a much better job now of incorporating his lower half and staying in the box and on the ball longer than he did earlier in his career. Still willing to drop a bunt down for a base hit if the defense will not guard against that. In 2019 with Lowell, he tended to slap at the ball, looking to put it in play rather than drive it, and failed to effectively incorporate his lower half. At 2020 Fall Instructs, he built on changes to left-handed swing first implemented during 2019 Fall Instructs, starting with a wider base and using a more pronounced weight transfer to better incorporate his lower half. In 2021, left-handed swing regressed back towards what it looked like in 2019, trying to slap the ball and put it in play rather than impact the ball. Potential below-average hit tool from the left side.

From the right, starts squarer and more vertical, and swing is more fluid. Barrel stays in the zone longer and he generates more hard contact. Approach and pitch recognition are raw, and strikeout rates have increased as he has moved up the system. Potential average hit tool from the right-side.

Power: Will show above-average raw power from the right side and below-average raw from the left. Well below-average in-game power potential right now, but added strength and improvements with his left-handed swing could give him a chance for more. Need to see it translate in-game, as his swing is still more designed for hard line drives in the gaps than over-the-fence power. Generates concerningly low exit velocities.

Run: Plus-plus speed. As he has filled out, speed has decreased a grade. Will run 3.95-4.05-second times to first from the left side and 4.12-4.15 seconds from the right side. In the past, speed graded an 80, timed at under 3.9 seconds to first from the left side. Even with a slight speed downgrade, he will put 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 at least an average defender in center field as he improves his instincts and gets more repetitions.

Above-average 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:
Slipped through the cracks and signed at 17 for a small bonus after impressing during a tryout at the Red Sox Dominican Academy. Started switch-hitting during 2017 Dominican Instructional League to better utilize his elite speed. Led the New York-Penn League and Red Sox minor leaguers in batting average in 2019. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Was invited to major league spring training in 2021 in order to allow him to get to camp sooner, given the delay of minor league spring training due to covid-19 protocols. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.

Potential up-and-down bench outfielder. Ceiling of a second-division regular. Wide range of outcomes due to how raw he is and how much development he has left. Can dream on him becoming an everyday center fielder who adds value at the plate and in the field. One of, if not the most, athletic players in the system. Improved physicality and potential to make changes at the plate give him a better chance to hit and to hit for some power, but has yet to successfully integrate those changes into game action. Needs work to refine his defensive game, but has the athletic ability and arm strength you look for in a center fielder.

Spring Training Video of Gilberto Jimenez 1 (3.22.19)
Spring Training Video of Gilberto Jimenez 2 (3.22.19)

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    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 Spinners 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 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 20 94 373 64 114 16 6 3 56 151 19 86 13 8 0.306 0.346 0.405 0.751
2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21 99 380 49 102 18 2 5 34 139 18 100 20 9 0.268 0.306 0.366 0.672
2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 22     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  Red Sox Latin Program Position Player of the Year (2018)
2019 New York-Penn League All-Star
2021 Low-A East Postseason All-Star
  2019 Pre-Season All-Star
2019 All-Star
2019 Breakout Player of the Year
2020 Pre-Season All-Star
2021 Pre-Season All-Star
2022 Pre-Season All-Star

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