Lucho got his libre this season, for a little bit anyway. The fans called for it and finally got their wish when Luis Jimenez finally got his call up in 2013.
Position: 3B Highest Level: Majors
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'1" Weight: 205
Age: 26 Born: 1/18/1988
2013 Rank: 7
2013 Season Stats
AZL: 13 PA, .462 AVG, .462 OBP, .692 SLG, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .500 BABIP, .531 wOBA, 217 wRC+
Triple-A: 218 PA, .284 AVG, .326 OBP, .411 SLG, 9 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 42 RBI, 26 SO, 11 SB, 3 CS, .301 BABIP, .324 wOBA, 89 wRC+
Majors: 110 PA, .260 AVG, .291 OBP, .317 SLG, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 28 SO, 0 SB, 2 CS, .351 BABIP, .271 wOBA, 71 wRC+
Contact = B
Though he faced Major League pitching for the first time and was undoubtedly exposed for his free-swinging ways, Jimenez did show the ability to make contact on a relatively consistent basis.
Power = B
This one is another relative grade. For a corner infielder, Jimenez likely would grade out as a “D” in this category, but when you compare him to middle infielders, outfielders and catchers, he’s actually above average in this department. The Angels never really allowed him to get into the groove he needs to be in, but when he was getting everyday at bats Jimenez showed not only the ability to make contact but was well adept and lining balls into the gaps. His strength doesn’t show up as over-the-fence type of power, but if he were ever fortunate enough to find himself playing 150 games a year at the major league level, Lucho could probably hit 30-40 doubles.
Discipline = F
Getting an “F” grade in any category on this board makes it hard to be a successful major leaguer. Yet Jimenez, who is now 26 years old, has never developed the ability to take a walk at any level. In the minors he’d rarely chase, but also has a large zone where he can make contact and hit the ball given his hand-eye coordination. Major League pitchers however were able to find spots where Jimenez’s bat couldn’t reach. Basically, the only way Lucho reaches base is if he hits the ball, which works out alright for him given that he’s good at hitting the ball.
Speed = C+
Another relative grade. For a corner infielder, Jimenez is quite fast. Overall, when compared to middle infielders, outfielders and catchers, he’s really just a bit above average.