Monday, May 09, 2005

Ubaldo Jimenez Report

Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP, Colorado Rockies
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2001, Dominican Republic
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'4", 200 lbs

Jimenez was in the middle of a breakout season when the Rockies shelved him last year with a stress fracture in his shoulder blade. No, I'm not sure how a pitcher can do that either. He's a power pitcher, pumping mid 90's gas with a quality curve and a good change. The biggest improvement in 2004 was his control. His walk rate improved dramatically from 2003.

2004 Visalia: 2.23 ERA, 61 K, 12 BB, 29 H, 1 HR, 44 IP
pre-2005 mL Career: 3.91 ERA, 271 K, 109 BB, 233 H, 18 HR, 265 IP

He started this season back in the California League with the Rox new affiliate in Modesto. He's doing pretty well, with a 3.42 ERA and well over a strikeout per inning, but his control has slipped a little if his small sample size is to be believed. He's walked 14 batters in 26 innings. If his command returns, he's a premium prospect. If he keeps walking this many men, he's a promising arm with a big flaw.

ETA: Early 2007
3 1/2 Stars



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