Hello again, hope everyone is enjoying watching some real baseball for the first time in months. I watched three games yesterday so I know that I definitely am. A.J. Jimenez is a 22 year old Puerto Rican catcher who stands 6 feet tall and weighs in at slightly over 200 pounds. Drafted #279 in the 2008 draft, Jimenez has slowly climbed his way up the Blue Jays organizational depth chart. His 2012 season was cut short (just 27 games played) due to a busted up UCL in his right throwing arm. Tommy John surgery was required and it sidelined him for the rest of the year. Before the injury A.J. was raising eyebrows with his solid 2011 numbers in High-A Dunedin. In 422 plate appearances he hit .303/.353/.417 with 4 homeruns and coupled it with great defence behind the plate. Jimenez's future with the team was uncertain due to the back log of catchers ahead of him in the Jays system, but with the trade of Travis D'Arnaud clearing things up, Jimenez is the #1 catching prospect in the organization . Hitting Jimenez nearly split his K% in half from 24.5% in his first full season to 14.2% in his 2011 season. His stable walk rate of 6% isn't fantastic but he still gets on base at a fairly good clip. Right now Jimenez seems to have doubles power that may eventually translate into homerun power but that's yet to be determined. At this point, all signs point to Jimenez being able to hit enough to start behind the plate.
Prospect of the Week: A.J. Jimenez
Bluebird Banter | Feb 26