No. 1 Mets prospect Andres Gimenez is excelling for High-A St. Lucie, where he is more than three years younger than the average player in the league. And his stock is on the rise.
The 19-year-old shortstop, who entered the season as the 82nd-best prospect in the game according to Baseball Prospectus, has moved up to 47th on their midseason list.
Gimenez's age makes his .278/.346/.430 line more impressive than it appears on the surface. He has six homers and a league-leading 26 stolen bases, and has six hits in his last 15 at-bats -- including a double and triple.
Viewed as an above average-fielding shortstop who should stay at the position, Gimenez "has a smooth swing and a quick bat," wrote Greg Karam of Amazin' Avenue. "Couple that with his ability to make contact and his up-the-middle defensive prowess and there's a lot to be excited about."