Future Watch: Joe Jimenez Rookie Baseball Cards, Tigers – Joe Jimenez was an undrafted free agent who was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 2013. After a few seasons of minor league ball, it all started to click for him in 2015. That year, while playing for the Western Michigan Whitecaps, he had a great 5-1 record, 1.47 ERA, a microscopic WHIP and 17 saves in 40 appearances.
In 2016, he played for three teams including the Toledo Mud Hens in AAA. He had a 3-3 record with 30 saves and a 1.51 ERA. He pitched in the Futures Game and was named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Everything was going great and 2017 looked like it would be the year he’d get his big break. The team did purchase his contract, he made the major-league roster and started in his first game on April 13th. He pitched a scoreless ninth but got demoted after that appearance.
Knowing that injuries create opportunities Jimenez got another crack at the big club in July. An injury occurred and he got the call.
Here’s the scouting report on him according to MLB Prospect Pipeline:
Big and strong with terrific mound presence, Jimenez has all of the tools needed to succeed pitching out of the bullpen late in games. He’ll throw his fastball consistently in the 95-98 mph range That and his plus slider, which he continues to tighten, both miss a ton of bats. His changeup has come along and it looked good during instructional league play, giving him a potential weapon against left-handed hitters in the future. For a power reliever, he does stay around the zone, though he can over-rotate at times, which impacts his command.
Joe Jimenez’s most popular card to dates is his Chrome Prospects Autographs card from 2017 Bowman Baseball.
Here’s a look at ham in the WBC:
Jimenez is gaining experience. Next year could be his year.
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