Nogales standout Kevin Jimenez to play for New Mexico State

Kevin Jimenez (Andy Morales/

Nogales senior Kevin Jimenez announced his commitment to play for New Mexico State on Monday. The short stop batted .341 with 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 33 RBI to help lead Nogales to a state championship.

“I have worked very hard to get to this point and having my parents beside me through it all is just great,” Jimenez said. “All the support and love they have given pushes me every day to be a better person. I can’t thank them enough!

“My coaches and teammates have come through as well and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. I’m just blessed to have an opportunity to play DI baseball at NMSU and following my cousin’s footsteps (Marcel Renteria) through it all!”

Renteria played for Nogales, Pima and New Mexico State. The Mets drafted Renteria in the sixth round and he made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones on July 13.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at



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