Gilberto Gimenez just might have what it takes to flash some leather at Fenway Park.
MLB.com named the Boston Red Sox minor-league center fielder as the team’s top defensive prospect Thursday. Gimenez has reached just the single-A level in three-plus years in Boston’s farm system, but stories about his speed and arm strength already have entered the radar of the Major League Baseball community.
“A $10,000 steal from the Dominican Republic in 2017, Jimenez uses his game-changing speed well in center field, covering plenty of ground while also showing off a plus arm,” MLB.com wrote. “He also offers offensive potential as well, winning the short-season New York-Penn League batting title (.359) in his U.S. debut in 2019.”
Although Gimenez hasn’t received as much attention as higher-rated Red Sox prospects, and much time likely will pass before he earns a spot on Boston’s roster.
Neverthless, his potential rise through the ranks is a story worth following, especially if his defensive tools are as good as MLB.com reckons they are.