Chris Gimenez

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Chris Gimenez
Chris Gimenez on July 1, 2014.jpg
Gimenez with the Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers – No. 60
Born: (1982-12-27) December 27, 1982 (age 31)
Gilroy, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 3, 2009 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .199
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 30
Hits 66

Christopher Paul Gimenez (/ˈɪmɨnɛz/ JIM-ə-nez; born December 27, 1982) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.


Gimenez went to Gilroy High School, in Gilroy, California, and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 34th round (1024th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.

Gimenez attended the University of Nevada, and was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the 19th round (557th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed and joined the Indians minor league system, playing with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Lake County Captains, Kinston Indians, Akron Aeros, Buffalo Bisons, and Columbus Clippers.

He was a non-roster invitee to spring training for the 2008 and 2009 Indians and made his MLB debut on June 3, 2009. On February 24, 2010, Gimenez was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the 40-man roster for Russell Branyan. He remained in camp with the Indians for the duration of spring training as a non-roster invitee.

On July 10, 2010, Gimenez's contract was purchased by the Indians and he was added to the active roster, replacing Mike Redmond, who was designated for assignment.[1] Gimenez was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on October 29, 2010, removing him from the 40-man roster. He filed for free agency on November 6, 2010.

During the 2010 offseason, Gimenez signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.

On December 12, 2011, the Mariners announced via their Twitter feed that Gimenez had been non-tendered along with pitcher Dan Cortes.[2][3] Two days later, on December 14, the club announced that they had re-signed Gimenez to a contract.[4] He was later designated for assignment and soon after, he declared for free agency.

The Tampa Bay Rays signed him to a minor league contract on February 16, 2012. He also received an invitation to spring training. He was optioned to the Triple-A Durham Bulls on March 25, 2013. He was recalled by the Rays on September 1.

On December 20, 2013, Gimenez was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.[5] He was then claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on March 28, 2014. He made the Rangers opening day roster on March 31, but was designated for assignment the next day.[6] He elected to become a free agent on April 5.[7] He re-signed a minor league contract on April 9, and was assigned to the Triple-A Round Rock Express. His contract was selected from Round Rock on May 20 when J. P. Arencibia was optioned to Round Rock.[8]

Gimenez made the first pitching appearance of his Major League career on July 10, 2014, in the ninth inning of a blowout loss for the Rangers against the Los Angeles Angels. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning, including a swinging strikeout of C. J. Cron.


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