Blue Jays Gamble On Jimenez

The Blue Jays get good value in the ninth round, taking catcher Antonio Jimenez from Puerto Rico. Jimenez, who ranked as Baseball America’s No. 200 draft prospect, had a chance to go much higher were it not for an elbow injury just before the draft that cast doubts in teams’ eyes about how it would affect a player whose value is heavily dependent upon his premium defensive skills.

Prior to the injury, there was talk that Jimenez would be the first player from Puerto Rico to be selected, but strong showcase performances last month from Puerto Rican outfielders Danny Ortiz and Javier Rodriguez catapulted their stock ahead of Jimenez’s. When healthy, Jimenez shows his athleticism behind the plate in his blocking and receiving skills, while his plus arm was also a standout tool. There are still some questions about the bat—though it’s hard to find a catcher without questions about the bat—but he does have some raw power.

If his elbow heals, the Blue Jays will have made a nice pick here in the ninth round.