AllSportsTucson.com is running profiles on some of the players who are participating in the Sun Belt College Summer League this summer at the Kino Sports Complex. Today we are highlighting New Mexico State infielder Kevin Jimenez, a Nogales High School graduate who will be entering his third year in the Aggies’ program in 2020-21.
Name: Kevin Jimenez
Height: 5-11. Weight: 175
Sun Belt Team: Santa Rita Warthogs
High School: Nogales (Class of 2018)
College: New Mexico State
Stats: In 16 games before New Mexico State’s season was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this season starting at shortstop alongside second baseman Nick Gonzales, Jimenez batted .288 with 12 walks. He also had four doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. In his freshman season (2019), he batted .327 with five doubles and 24 RBIs. He also drew 26 walks.
Interesting facts: Jimenez was a two-time state champion at Nogales in 2017 and 2018, the Apaches’ first titles since 1981. His younger brother Kenneth is also a member of the Warthogs. He attends Yavapai Community College. Jimenez is the cousin of former New Mexico State pitcher and current New York Mets prospect, Marcel Renteria, who was drafted by the New York Mets in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Renteria is also a standout from Nogales.
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