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A.J. Jimenez | Catcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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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

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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.
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

C1Russell Martin
2A.J. Jimenez
3Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Ezequiel Carrera
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6T.J. House
7Casey Lawrence
8Ryan Borucki
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Biagini
4Aaron Loup
5Ryan Tepera
6Danny Barnes
7Dominic Leone
8Chris Smith
9Matt Dermody
10Chad Girodo
11Glenn Sparkman
12Leonel Campos
13Gavin Floyd
14Brett Oberholtzer