It's all relative, but Chris Gimenez has discovered a touch of power over the past two seasons. After knocking six home runs over his first six years and 508 plate appearances of partial play, he has hit nine homers in 268 plate appearances since the start of 2015. Late-career power spike aside, this is still a 34-year-old backup catcher who couldn't hit his way out of a paper bag last season and who may go undrafted in 15-team leagues with two catcher spots to fill. He was brought up from the minors when Roberto Perez went on the DL and stayed with the team all season, striking out in more than a quarter of his plate appearances. He'll have the opportunity to compete with John Ryan Murphy for the backup catcher position in Minnesota, but his fantasy relevance is minimal even if he does crack the major league roster.
Gimenez is batting fifth for the Twins against the White Sox on Saturday. The 34-year-old journeyman will make just his third start of the season, spelling regular starter Jason Castro. Although his playing time has been limited, Gimenez has still been able to produce this season. He has three hits in nine at-bats, along with two RBI and four walks.
Gimenez had his contracted purchased by the Twins on Sunday. Gimenez was recently informed he had won the team's backup catcher and first base roles to open the season. He will slot behind Jason Castro at catcher for the foreseeable future but will likely lose his reserve first base role when Kennys Vargas returns to the majors.
Gimenez has won Minnesota's backup catcher job and may also serve as the backup at first base with Kennys Vargas dealing with a toe injury and Byungho Park sent to the minors, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. John Ryan Murphy was sent to the minors after Gimenez outperformed him this spring. Gimenez may not get much time at first base as Vargas may not be out long.
Gimenez went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's win over Boston. He's hitting .348 (8-for-24) this spring. Gimenez is battling John Ryan Murphy for the backup job and looks like the clear leader at this point. Murphy is hitting just .211 (4-for-19) this spring.
Gimenez went 1-for-3 with a walk-off RBI single in Monday's spring training win over St. Louis. He's hitting .455 (5-for-11) this spring. Gimenez will compete with John Ryan Murphy and Mitch Garver for the backup catcher role. Gimenez's veteran experience likely makes him the favorite, but the competition is unsettled early in spring training.