Gilberto Jiménez Greenville Drive Outfield

Age: 23
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 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/24): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
Twitter: -
Instagram: @gilbertojimenez508

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  Physical Description: Was extremely loose and athletic earlier in his career, 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 to take better advantage of his speed. 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, but struggles with tendency to slap at the ball to put it in play rather than drive it with authority. Has worked during spring training and fall camps on starting with a wider base and using a more pronounced weight transfer to better incorporate his lower half, but has not successfully implemented these changes during the season. Willing to drop a bunt down for a base hit if the defense will not guard against that. Right-handed swing looks much more natural and is strikingly different visually from his left-handed swing. Starts squarer and more vertical, and swing is more fluid. Barrel stays in the zone longer and can generate more hard contact, or at least did earlier in his career. Showed much stronger ability to drive the ball from that side earlier in his career, but hit tool has backed up on that side as well post-pandemic and he has posted sub-.550 OPSes against left-handers in 2021 and 2022. Approach and pitch recognition are raw, and strikeout rates have increased as he has moved up the system. Potential below-average hit tool from both sides.

Power: Will show average raw power from the right side and below-average raw from the left. Well-below-average in-game power potential. Need to see raw power translate in-game, as his swing is still more designed for hard line drives in the gaps than for 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. Has played more in the outfield corners in recent seasons in deference to teammates who are superior outfield defenders. Overall, has the potential to develop into at least an average defender in the outfield if he improves his instincts.

Arm: 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 when minor league spring training was delayed by a month due to COVID-19 protocols. Participated in the 2021 Fall Performance Program. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Prospect status fell significantly in 2022 after continued struggles at the plate and in the field.

Summation: Potential mid-minors depth option. Ceiling of an organizational outfielder. Showed more potential when he was younger, but development has stagnated. At one point, you could dream on him becoming an everyday center fielder who adds value at the plate and in the field, but now does not even look like a future major leaguer. 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 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 22 8 28 5 11 3 1 2 10 22 1 6 1 1 0.393 0.414 0.786 1.200
2023 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 22 8 35 2 8 0 0 1 6 11 1 13 1 1 0.229 0.263 0.314 0.577
2023 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 22 32 122 18 27 8 1 2 18 43 6 37 7 3 0.221 0.256 0.352 0.608
2024 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 23     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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