Leo Jimenez (MLB Pipeline #6, JaysProspectus #7)
Jimenez, 22, is a middle infielder who spent much of his year at Double-A before being promoted to Triple-A for the last month of the MiLB season. After an average offensive season in 2022, he bounced back in a big way with a 125 wRC+ at Double-A before briefly struggling at Triple-A.
Despite a patient approach, Jimenez rarely strikes out thanks to impressive contact skills. He combines that with good swing decisions which allow him to reach base at a high clip. He's not a power hitter by nature as he hits far too many groundballs and has below average barrel feel. Despite this reputation, he does have some impact in his bat as his exit velocities are surprisingly average. He does project as a slightly below average hitter at the MLB level but he should add value as a defender which will make him a useful player.
Jimenez's ability to play a solid shortstop makes him a Bo Bichette back-up option in the future and he looks the part of a plus defender over at second base. He's very unlikely to be in consideration for the Opening Day roster given that he needs to prove himself at Triple-A but depending on the off-season he may end up as one of the top depth options on the infield. All things considered, it's expected that Jimenez makes his major league debut in 2024.