Former Pack Star Chris Gimenez Named Cleveland Indians Minor League Player Of The Week
Indians Minor League Player Of The Week
(for games from June 12th through June 18th)
Chris Gimenez (Catcher - Akron)
.429 AVG (9-for-21), 6 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
Akron catcher Chris Gimenez is having one heck of a season. He had a nine-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, and during the steak he hit .548 (17-for-31) with 10 walks and got on base at a .659 clip. In June, he has been sizzling at the plate hitting .440 with 2 HR, 9 RBI and a 1.167 OPS. On the year, Gimenez is hitting .339 with 6 HR, 26 RBI and a 1.024 OPS and he leads the Eastern League in on-base percentage (.487), is 2nd in OPS, is 4th in batting average, and is 1st in walks (52). If he remains in Akron all year, he should shatter the franchise records for walks set by Ken Ramos in 1992 (82) and for on-base percentage set by Jordan Brown last year (.421).
Gimenez has made huge strides this season with his plate discipline. It was something he really honed in on in the offseason and in spring training, and the hard work has really paid off. Gimenez really started to grasp and understand the importance of good plate discipline back in January when he participated in the Winter Development League held at Progressive Field. It was there after listening to instructors, coaches, front office personnel, and guest speakers that Gimenez adopted a better strike-zone awareness and a penchant for drawing walks.
Gimenez is not only a catcher, as he can also play first base, third base and left field. Since he needs time off from catching everyday, he has played first base two days a week to keep his potent bat in the lineup. Given his versatility and now potent and productive bat, he could become an option for the Indians late in the season at any of those positions if they pull the plug on the season. At the very least he will be a serious candidate to make the major league team out of spring training next year as a bench option, possibly taking over Casey Blake's super utility role.