August 28, 2017
Monday Morning Ten Pack
August 28, 2017
It is always exciting to see a player who is a consensus top prospect, but one difficulty in viewing those players is to keep the hype from coloring what you are actually seeing. This five-game look at Jimenez I got is a good example of how different people can come up with different thoughts on players. Jimenez is certainly a physical specimen, listed at 6’4” and 235 lbs. His actions are not as athletic as you might expect and he is only average to slightly below average as both a runner and defender. In the field, he struggles at times with both his reads and routes. His arm is a tick above average, but he can struggle with his footwork and this impacts the carry he gets on his throws, as well as his accuracy. He has slightly below average speed and did not show consistently strong base-running instincts.
On the offensive side, Jimenez showed off very few of his tools in this view. He works from an open stance and uses a leg lift where he tucks his knee a bit for timing. He has a minimal load and generates plus bat speed, but he struggled with bat path. He can sometimes lose the bat angle in his load, and he then struggles to get to velocity inside. He was inside-outing almost everything in the 17 at bats seen and had trouble getting the ball airborne consistently.
The good news is that he showed excellent pitch recognition and he never looked off-balance or completely fooled. He has enough raw power that he doesn’t have to overswing or sell out to find it. His most impressive at bat in this series was a simple single to right-center where he stayed back, recognized the curve ball and roped it. It’s sometimes surprising how few hitters at Double-A are able to do that, and Jimenez is still just 20 years old. It will be interesting to follow Jimenez’s progress at Double-A over the final weeks to see if this series was an aberration and he is just acclimating himself to a new level, or whether he has hit a small speed bump in his development. Meanwhile, I can’t help hoping that somewhere there is a time machine that would allow Eloy to face off against (Al) Morlock. —Scott Delp