Seattle Mariners Top 30 Prospects: 25-21, Finally Some Bats
23. Anthony Jimenez, OF
Whenever you make one of these lists, there is a constant battle of results vs stats that play in your head. What is more important: upside or probability. We do our best to strike a happy balance between these two key factors. And the difference between our number 24 and 23 prospects is just that; upside vs probability.
Coming in at 23 in our countdown in Anthony Jimenez, a 5’11”, 175 lbs OF who has been in the Mariners organization since 2013. For Jimenez, his combination of tools is one of the most complete in the farm system.
He is a supreme athlete, having above-average or plus tools in run, field, and arm categories. And after spending his first 4 pro seasons of his pro career in rookie ball Jimenez finally got his chance in the states in 2017 and absolutely crushed it.
In 2017, he slashed .300/.361/.489 while spending most of his time in A-Ball. He added 7 home runs and 24 steals as well. Jimenez road his success to a promotion to start 2018 in High-A Modesto. Things went south in a hurry.
In Modesto, the 23-year-old outfielder slashed .262/.314/.377 in 105 games. The downturn put the brakes on the Jimenez hype train and now will need to repeat the level in 2019. There is still time for Jimenez to hit his ceiling, but at 23 in High-A, there isn’t an endless amount of leeway.
When right, Jimenez has good bat speed and can spray line drives all over the yard. At 23, the frame is basically tapped out, but there is still 10-12 home run power in the bat. With his skill set on the bases and in the field, Jiminez needs only be a serviceable bat to become a big league starter.
2019 will be a huge season. If he can get back to his 2017 level’s, Jimenez will be right in the conversation with the glut of outfield prospects currently ahead of him. If not, his time in the Mariners organization could be coming to an end.