Extremely loose and athletic. Projectable frame. Standout
Hit: Plus bat speed and
very quick hands. Left-handed swing is a work in progress.
Starts crouched and open. 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. Swing is more fluid from the right
side of the plate. Utilizes a leg kick and keeps the barrel in
the zone longer. Generates more hard contact. Approach and pitch
recognition are raw.
Power: Not a major
part of his game at present, but will flash some raw power from
the right side of the plate. Swing is more designed for hard
line drives in the gaps than over-the-fence power.
Run: Plus-plus speed. Have timed around 4.0
seconds to first from the left side. Baserunning instincts,
reads, and jumps need improvement.
range and speed make up for lack of instincts. Jumps need work
and needs to improve tracking the ball.
Arm: Above-average arm strength. Plenty of arm
for any outfield position.
Career Notes: Natrually a
right-handed hitter, only started switch hitting during 2017
Dominican Instructional League. Still, hit better from the left
side than the right in his pro debut. Participated in the Fall Instructional League
in 2018 and 2019.
One of the most exciting young outfielders in the system.
Athleticism stands out. Shows potential for a plus hit tool to
go along with plus-plus speed. Needs work defensively, but has
the tools to develop into an above-average defender. Will flash
four average tools at least, but very raw at present and has a
long way to go developmentally. Possesses great work ethic. Can
dream on him as a potential everyday player in the future, but
years away from reaching his potential.
Spring Training Video of Gilberto Jimenez 1 (3.22.19)
Spring Training Video of Gilberto Jimenez 2 (3.22.19)