10: CF Gilberto Jimenez
What to look for: An improved approach at the plate
In terms of pure tools, there are few prospects in the Red Sox system who can top Gilberto Jimenez. MLB.com describes his speed as “plus-plus” and predicts he will one day be a “prolific base stealer.” He also possesses solid raw power, even if it hasn’t shown up in games yet, and has all the makings of a great defender with his elite speed and instincts.
For Jimenez to take the next step, however, he needs to improve his plate discipline. He stuck out 86 times against only 16 walks at High-A in 2021, a ratio that will only increase as he moves up the minor league levels. Jimenez’s struggles to draw walks or put the ball in play severely limit his ability to get on base and, therefore, his chances to steal bases.
Many young players have similar struggles, but at 21-year-olds and stuck at Single-A, it’s time for Jimenez to show he can make some adjustments. Jimenez will likely start this season at Double-A, a jump that many scouts believe is the toughest in all of the minor leagues. Jimenez will need to improve his approach at the plate or risk being just another elite talent who flames out before ever reaching the majors.