Chris Giminez’s hot August solidifies him as the everyday catcher
By Josh McSwain
Coming into the season, Gimenez, Robinson Chirinos and Tomas Telis were all competing for time behind the plate. Gimenez did not make his season debut until July 31 against the San Francisco Giants, but he made up for lost time quickly.
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Entering action today, he has eight hits in 25 at bats this month, with five of them going for extra bases, three doubles and two dingers. That only went up with his stellar game Saturday night as he hit a two run homerun and an RBI single gave him three RBIs for the night.
With the way he has been swinging the bat, he should be considered the everyday catcher for the rest of this season and certainly have that post come 2016. The void left when veterans Yorvit Torrealba and Jose Molina left a few years ago has hopefully been filled. The 32 year old catcher, a six year veteran out of the University of Nevada, bounced around early on in his career. He came up with the Indians for two seasons (2009-2010) before going to Seattle for the 2011 season. He then spent two seasons in Tampa Bay before going back to Cleveland in 2014, where he only saw action in eight games. But alas he seems to have found a home in Texas. He hit .262 in 24 games as a Ranger last season and through nine games this season he is hitting .296.
His two homeruns this season were his first since 2012 with the Rays. With eight RBIs already this season, he will undoubtedly pass his career high of 11 RBIs with he set last season (all with Texas). It seems that Gimenez has found a home and plugged a position of need perfectly for the Rangers. It doesn’t work out any better than that.