From the Field: Chris Gimenez, c, Cleveland Indians

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Chris Gimenez signed custom index card

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:

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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.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2004 21 CLE-min A- 71 260 10 38 30 62 .300 .419 .527 .946
2005 22 CLE-min A 112 384 13 66 48 90 .234 .354 .404 .757
2006 23 CLE-min A 91 329 11 40 33 72 .255 .364 .438 .802
2007 24 CLE-min A+,AA,Fal 127 432 28 72 65 98 .259 .365 .512 .877
2008 25 CLE-min AAA,AA,FgW 129 429 13 56 96 114 .291 .423 .452 .875
2009 26 CLE-min AAA,FgW 50 182 7 18 16 50 .253 .322 .423 .745
2009 26 CLE AL 45 111 3 7 17 36 .144 .256 .243 .499 36
2010 27 CLE-min AAA 55 196 9 32 20 38 .276 .341 .464 .805
2010 27 CLE AL 28 58 1 8 8 22 .190 .288 .328 .615 73
2011 28 SEA-min AAA 13 49 1 4 7 13 .265 .357 .347 .704
2011 28 SEA AL 24 59 1 6 10 13 .203 .314 .271 .585 71
2012 29 TBR-min AAA 71 261 10 49 33 57 .310 .389 .483 .871
2012 29 TBR AL 42 100 1 9 8 24 .260 .315 .330 .645 82
2013 30 TBR-min AAA 95 308 3 22 57 63 .224 .350 .305 .656
2013 30 TBR AL 4 3 0 0 1 1 .333 .500 .667 1.167 224
2014 31 TEX-min AAA 39 134 6 22 19 30 .284 .365 .478 .843
2014 31 TOT AL 42 116 0 11 12 29 .241 .313 .328 .640 80
2015 32 TEX-min AAA 69 247 6 33 24 62 .243 .315 .356 .671
2015 32 TEX AL 36 98 5 14 10 19 .255 .330 .490 .820 118
2016 33 TEX-min AA 7 25 1 4 3 8 .240 .345 .360 .705
2016 33 CLE AL 68 139 4 11 10 41 .216 .272 .331 .602 55
8 Yrs 289 684 15 66 76 185 .218 .297 .335 .632 72
162 Game Avg. 162 383 8 37 43 104 .218 .297 .335 .632 72
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2016.
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