Gimenez was selected by Indians in 19th round of 2004 draft, out of Nevada.
He was a great hitter in the minors, hitting for power, taking walks and getting on base. He was never really tagged as a prospect, but he was a fine organizational player.
When he made the majors in 2009, it was for 111 at bats, and he hit .144/.256/.243 with 3 HR.
He became a free agent in 2004, and since then…had moved around a little:
The reality is that he is a 4-A player: cant hit well enough in the majors to stick, but nothing left to prove in the minors. But, luckily, he is the type of catcher that every team needs.
He came back to the Indians in May of 2016 when Roberto Perez went down with a thumb injury. He was brought in because he was a known quantity (this was his third time with the organization), cheap and decent defensively. He was a perfect fill in.
He ended up getting 139 at bats with the Indians this season, going .216/.272/.331. The loss of Perez and Yan Gomes, coupled with the lack of depth at catcher in the organization, made his presence on the 25 man roster for a good portion of the year necessary.
He did not hit great. And he will probably not be back in 2017. But there is something about him that I really liked. He was super friendly in person, and I think that he was pressed into a tough job on a contending team and held his own.
I have a feeling that he still has a couple seasons in him, and will then will move into coaching. He seems like the kind of guy that 10 years from now will be back with the Indians, standing in the first base coaching box…and then…next thing you know the Red Sox head coach.
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