The #46 rated prospect in 2001 is at it again. Coming up through the Yankees’ farm system, Jimenez was supposed to hit for average and power all while swiping a few bags. He had a discerning eye that promised to keep his AVG and OBP at above-average levels his entire career.
That’s how it was supposed to go for the switch hitting infield swiss army knife anyways.
But the 2004 season appears to be the best Jimenez had to offer us. Currently it is his only full season played with the same team, the Reds, where he set a career high for GP at 152 and runs at 76. Seventy six isn’t exactly the career high in runs that most teams are looking for in a lead off guy.
D’Angelo hasn’t seen action in the majors since 2007 but not all hope is gone.
Starting the 2010 season in the Minnesota minor league system, Jimenez has since moved to browner pastures in the Mexican leagues. Playing for the Leones de Yucatan he is 13th in batting for the year with a .355 average. His OPS is a robust 1.013 at the writing of this article while Albert Pujols is muddling along with a .992 OPS (I hear the Cards are looking for a bat).
Jimenez also has 21 more walks than strikeouts so this may not be the last time you hear his name in the Big Leagues (who am I kidding, no one’s going to read this)…
Check out this 2010 action though. Kid’s still got some pop, baby: