Photo: Credit: USA Today INF Andrés Giménez 2022 age: 23 Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 5’11 Weight: 161 Options: 2 Contract status: Pre-Arb 2 2021 stats PA AVG/OBP/SLG 2B HR […]
Photo: Credit: USA Today
INF Andrés Giménez
|Contract status:||Pre-Arb 2|
2021 in review: After a successful rookie season in 2020 which showed him receive a vote for NL Rookie of the Year, Giménez was part of the deal for Francisco Lindor and came over to Cleveland. After winning the starting shortstop position during 2021 spring training, Giménez struggled mightily hitting to start the 2021 season. After having a batting average of .179, Giménez was sent down in mid-May to Triple-A Columbus. After 52 games with Columbus where he batted .287, Giménez was called back up to Cleveland in August where he steadily improved. He had 13 hits in the final 13 games of the season to boost his average up to .218 in 68 games.
Offensive impact: The Guardians are hoping that Giménez can bring the success he had to end the season into the 2022 season, and through spring training so far, he has been. Manager Terry Francona said he’s already seen the difference in his approach from a year ago.
“I thought it’s encouraging he showed up with the same batting stance that he did to end last year.” Francona said. “It got him into a little bit of a bind. He’s someone that can see the whole field, and he’s got some power.”
Giménez gets on base by contact and using his good speed and is at his best when he gets on base. He swiped 11 bases during the 2021 season, averaging a stolen base about every six games. He batted .263 in 49 games with the Mets during 2020, so it’s not a stretch to say he can’t replicate similar success in 2022.
Defensive impact: Where Giménez has always excelled has been in the field. While he did struggle in the season at his natural position of shortstop, committing six errors in 42 games at shortstop, most of them were at the start of the season. After some time in Columbus, he regained his confidence in the field and was far more efficient once he returned in August. He played mainly second base when he returned and committed only one error in 25 games at second base. In 67 games between second and short, Giménez had 177 assists, or about 2.64 per game. At a 162-game pace, that’s about 427 assists, which would’ve put him near the top of the league.
Beyond the stats: It was clear that Giménez was still getting used to the idea of being in Cleveland during the 2021 season. In a new city, playing for a different franchise and to expect to be anywhere near the play of what Francisco Lindor was, looked like it had a toll on him early on. Getting sent down, ironically calmed him down and allowed him to fix his batting stance, while becoming more consistent in the field. When he got called back up in August, he really found his stride. In Spring Training, he’s been one of the stand outs for Cleveland.
2022 role: With Amed Rosario getting time in the outfield, we can expect to find Giménez on the opening day starting lineup at either second base or shortstop. He looks much more comfortable at the plate and is playing much better in the field. Giménez is someone who will get a lot of time throughout the season and it’s safe to say his season should be better than last year. At just age 23, he’s still going to develop.
Fantasy impact: Giménez, like many people on the Guardians roster, is someone who will probably not be on a team when drafts are concluded. If he hit for average like he did in 2020, he’s someone that can be a sleeper in any league and provide some steals, maybe some surprising power for whoever does have him. The good thing for Giménez, is that if he can stay healthy, he will play a vast majority of games during the 2022 season, so he’ll be available to play a lot.