The Mets outfield prospect tweaked his swing to hopefully find more consistency at the plate
The 20-year-old Gimenez made it to Double-A last season at the age of 20 after showcasing an advanced approach at the plate during his first full season in the U.S. in the South Atlantic League in 2017 and his success continued at Double-A this past season. Alonso hit 36 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A and is hitting over .500 this fall.
But another Mets prospect, center fielder Desmond Lindsay, had quite a Fall League debut on Friday night. The 21-year-old hit two home runs, helping the Scottsdale Scorpions defeat the Salt River Rafters at Scottsdale Stadium.
With the Scorpions ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Lindsay hit a 1-0 pitch out to right field, extending Scottsdale’s lead to 4-0. Then, after the Rafters got a run back in the top of the sixth, Lindsay immediately restored the Scorpions four-run lead, leading off the bottom of the inning with his second home run of the night, this time to left field. It was the first two-homer game of his career.
“Yeah, that was nice,” Lindsay said. “I haven’t hit an opposite field home run in about two years. In high school, that was my strength, driving the ball to right field, so it feels good to do that again.”
Lindsay has only played in 192 games over the past three seasons because of multiple injuries, but he did manage to play in 90 games between Rookie level ball and High-A Advanced St. Lucie. He only hit three home runs total across 314 at-bats, but managed to start his Fall League campaign with two home runs.
Swing change pays off
Lindsay said he has been working on a new swing during his time so far in Arizona, and it paid dividends on Friday.
“I’ve been working on a new swing, so today was the first day doing it, and I think it’s safe to say I liked it pretty well,” Lindsay said.
He has started incorporating a leg kick to add rhythm to his swing, and he is focused on improving his hitting after struggling in 2018 at the plate.
“I’m trying to work on hitting,” Lindsay said. “That’s why I’m here. My past two years haven’t been ideal, haven’t been what I wanted, so I’m here to show what I can do and show that I still have it.”
He certainly put on a show in his first AFL game, but the Mets are hoping Lindsay can use his time in the AFL as a springboard into next season.
Even though he had not played in a game until Friday, Lindsay has spent time learning from teammates like Alonso.
“I’ve been here for about a week now and it’s nice to just be able to talk to the different guys and pick up on little things that they see and that they do that help them,” Lindsay said.
Lindsay, the Mets No. 11 prospect according to MLB.com and a second-round pick in the 2015 draft, said confidence is the biggest key for him to perform at a high level this fall and hopefully prove the Mets he is worth being put on the fast track to the big leagues in the near future.
“It is just going up there with confidence in my abilities and knowing that I can do things like I did today,” Lindsay said.
- Houston Astros No. 21 prospect Abraham Toro-Hernandez collected three hits with a home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
- D-Backs No. 1 prospect Jon Duplantier started for Salt River and allowed an unearned run in two innings of work.
- Alonso collected another hit and is now hitting .500 on the season.