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A.J. Jimenez | Catcher | #53

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 9 (0) / TOR
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Rangers recalled C A.J. Jimenez from Triple-A Round Rock.
Jimenez has hit .245/.275/.398 with seven homers for Round Rock this season. He'll serve as the Rangers' third catcher. Sep 1 - 3:57 PM

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Rangers signed C A.J. Jimenez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jimenez was released by the Blue Jays earlier this week but didn't take long to land on his feet. The 26-year-old backstop batted just .241/.290/.377 in 248 plate appearances last season at the Triple-A level.
Feb 17 - 2:48 PM

Blue Jays released C A.J. Jimenez.

Jimenez was designated for assignment by Toronto last week to clear a roster spot for reliever Joe Smith and the 26-year-old catcher passed through waivers unclaimed. Jimenez batted just .241/.290/.377 in 248 plate appearances last season with Triple-A Buffalo.
Feb 13 - 2:04 PM

Blue Jays designated C A.J. Jimenez for assignment.

He was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for newly-signed relief pitcher Joe Smith. Jimenez was second on the Blue Jays' depth chart at catcher until they signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor league contract on Monday. Jimenez spent last season at Triple-A Buffalo while batting .241/.290/.377 with four home runs in 67 games. The 26-year-old backstop has yet to play in the major leagues.
Feb 9 - 8:50 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of C A.J. Jimenez from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Jays removed Jimenez from their 40-man roster in April, but he's earned his way back on despite hitting just .241/.290/.377 with four homers for Buffalo in 2016. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Blue Jays sent C A.J. Jimenez outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Jimenez was designated for assignment by the Jays near the end of spring training to clear a roster spot for Jesus Montero. The 25-year-old catcher posted a weak .194/.261/.278 slash line last year between Double-A and Triple-A. He'll go on serving as organizational depth for Toronto.
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 01:44:00 PM

Blue Jays designated C A.J. Jimenez for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for Jesus Montero, who was claimed off waivers from the Mariners on Monday. Jimenez, 25, batted just .194/.261/.278 last year between Double-A and Triple-A. He also needed cleanup surgery on his left wrist last summer.
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 03:12:00 PM

Blue Jays prospect catcher A.J. Jimenez could miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to clean up some cartilage in his left wrist.

Jimenez, 25, was batting just .218/.296/.322 over 23 games with Triple-A Buffalo this season. He's known more for his defense behind the plate and has struggled with injuries since his Tommy John surgery in 2012.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Blue Jays prospect C A.J. Jimenez went 4-for-5 with three doubles and an RBI on Sunday for Double-A New Hampshire.

With the four-hit performance, the 24-year-old is now batting .316/.365/.491 with eight extra-base hits (one home run) through 16 games. Jimenez was limited to only 67 games last season following his recover from Tommy John surgery in 2012, but he didn't skip a beat at the plate by posting a respectable .738 OPS across three different levels. He's known more for his glove than bat, and his spot on Toronto's 40-man roster means he'll likely see time in the major leagues later this season.
Mon, May 12, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Blue Jays catching prospect A.J. Jimenez says he's 100 percent healthy to start spring training.

Jimenez underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and was limited to 67 games due to shoulder issues last year, but he spent the offseason building arm strength and says he's healthy for the first time to start a spring training. In December, Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the 23-year-old could see time in the majors in 2014. The backstop hit .287/.332/.406 across three levels when healthy last season.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday that prospect catcher A.J. Jimenez could see playing time in the majors in 2014.

The Blue Jays already consider Jimenez ready from a defensive perspective, but the 23-year-old could use some more time in the minors after being limited to 67 games in the minors this year because of his elbow. Josh Thole will likely serve as Dioner Navarro's backup until he's ready.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:27:00 PM

Blue Jays prospect catcher A.J. Jimenez is currently sidelined with nerve irritation in his throwing elbow.

Jimenez, who had Tommy John surgery last year, is batting .287/.332/.406 with four home runs and 38 RBI over 67 games in the minor league this year. He was a candidate for a September call-up since he's on the 40-man roster, but that's uncertain now.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of C A.J. Jimenez from Double-A New Hampshire.

Jimenez only appeared in 27 games this season prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery. However, the 22-year-old is highly-regarded for his defense behind the plate and should be ready for the start of the 2013 season if all goes well.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 01:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Brett Nicholas
3A.J. Jimenez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Joey Gallo
2Adrian Beltre
LF1Delino DeShields
2Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Martin Perez
3Andrew Cashner
4Miguel Gonzalez
5A.J. Griffin
6Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Leclerc
2Alex Claudio
3Keone Kela
4Matt Bush
5Jason Grilli
6Tony Barnette
7Jake Diekman
8Ricardo Rodriguez
9Austin Bibens-Dirkx
10Nick Martinez
11Nick Gardewine
12Yohander Mendez