HECTOR GIMENEZ
C/1B, Altoona Curve
Age: 27
Born: September 28, 1982
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 180
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Houston Astros, 1999
How Acquired: Minor League FA
Agent: N/A

SCOUTING REPORT
Once a top prospect in the Houston Astros farm system, Gimenez suffered a shoulder injury in 2007 that kept him out the entire season.  Gimenez became a minor league free agent the following off-season, and signed with Tampa Bay, although he struggled in his first year back in 2008.  After signing with the Pirates for the 2009 season, Gimenez regained his success at the AA level, with a .286 average and a .795 OPS in 133 at-bats, then had some success at AAA.  Gimenez caught 23 games between AA and AAA, playing first and third base the other 41 games.  He is behind Erik Kratz on the catcher depth charts at AAA, and isn’t likely to be anything more than minor league depth, although at 27 years of age he’s good depth to have, and might be a Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo injury combo away from the majors.

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CONTRACT INFORMATION
2007: $380,000
2010: League Minimum

Other Details:
  • N/A

PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2002
MLB Debut: 9/25/2006
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 0 (As of start of 2010 season)
MLB Service Time: 0.016

AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS / PROSPECT RANKINGS
AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS
PROSPECT RANKINGS

Baseball America

2003: #8 HOU
2004: #6 HOU

TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 1999: Signed by the Houston Astros as an international free agent.
November 19, 2003: Contract purchased by the Houston Astros.
November 16, 2007: Signed by the Tampa Bay Rays as a free agent.
January 23, 2009: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent.