Jimmy Glowenke, 2B
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: Drafted 2020, Round 2C
LAST LEVEL: Low-A
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #2 Second Baseman
Performance: Glowenke was drafted as a shortstop, but spent much of his season playing second base as he was alongside Marco Luciano in San Jose’s loaded infield. His start was slow, especially as he was on a comeback from Tommy John surgery he had in college. He played just 33 games in the season’s first two months, and entered July with a just a .179 batting average and no home runs. However, he got hot in July, and had a .343 batting average in July and a .345 average in September, and by the end of August had 10 home runs.
Glowenke would finish the season with a .256/.367/.444 batting average, and not bad power with 25 doubles, two triples, and 13 home runs. He also managed 49 walks to 100 strikeouts. He didn’t show much on the basepaths, with just 3 steals in only six attempts. Defensively, was was solid, showing good hands and above average range for second base.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Where Glowenke has impressed scouts is with his contact skills. He hit .336, .328, and then .415 in his three years at Dallas Baptist (the final number in just 13 games in the shortened 2020 season), and Fangraphs Eric Longenhagen said “His combination of pitch recognition and bat control is very rare.” Unfortunately, in his first season, he did not show those strengths as much, especially early in the season. He particularly struggled against left-handed pitching, despite that usually being his better side for power.
He combines that contact with somewhat decent power, as he effectively turned in 13 home runs in half a season, after not hitting any in his early season drought. Glowenke doesn’t have any other plus tools, with subpar speed and average defensive tools. He could play shortstop in a pinch, but probably wouldn’t be considered even a regular backup at the spot.
2022 Outlook: Glowenke is one of several players for whom 2022 is positioned as a breakout season. If he can start stronger at High-A Eugene, he could be a star for them.
Future Profile: Glowenke doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room, but he profiles as an average second baseman at best. He has enough pop to make some noise there, and he’s an interesting comparison to some current Giants who are bat first infielders, like Donovan Solano or Wilmer Flores, though he has to prove he can put his talent into games over a full season.