Joe Jimenez
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Last year was supposed to be the year that Jimenez finally took over as the Tigers' closer. However, that never happened as Shane Greene pitched well enough in the first half to stave Jimenez off, and then Jimenez went on to struggle after the intermission. He was among the most heavily used relievers in baseball over the first three and a half months, making 46 appearances before the All-Star break. This was after Jimenez made a total of 51 appearances in 2017. It's fair to wonder if all that early work caught up to him, as Jimenez limped to the finish line with a 7.78 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 4.6 BB/9 in his final 22 outings. That poor run inflated Jimenez's ratios and masked just how good he was throughout the bulk of the season (2.91 FIP, 29.2 K%). It's taken longer than many expected for Jimenez to fulfill his destiny as the closer-in-waiting, but it seems likely that he wrestles the job away from Greene relatively early on. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Tigers in June of 2013.
Pitching well this spring
PDetroit Tigers
March 16, 2019
Jimenez has a 1.29 ERA and 0.43 WHIP with nine strikeouts over seven innings this spring.
The 24-year-old has been sharp as he looks to build on a 2018 campaign that started strong but ended with a thud, as he compiled a 7.78 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over his final 22 outings. Jimenez will of course look for more consistent results in 2019, and he could take over as the team's closer if incumbent Shane Greene is traded or if he simply outperforms Greene and the rebuilding Tigers opt for the younger option.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .210 166 49 20 30 7 1 5
Since 2016vs Right .295 200 46 11 54 14 0 4
2018vs Left .211 127 43 16 23 5 1 4
2018vs Right .231 140 35 6 30 9 0 1
2017vs Left .206 39 6 4 7 2 0 1
2017vs Right .453 60 11 5 24 5 0 3
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home 5.76 1.32 45.1 3 2 2 9.5 3.2 0.6
Since 2016Away 6.69 1.51 36.1 2 4 1 11.6 3.7 1.5
2018Home 3.62 1.02 32.1 3 2 2 10.6 2.5 0.3
2018Away 5.04 1.38 30.1 2 2 1 11.9 3.9 1.2
2017Home 11.08 2.08 13.0 0 0 0 6.9 4.8 1.4
2017Away 15.00 2.17 6.0 0 2 0 10.5 3.0 3.0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Joe Jimenez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Being tabbed "closer of the future" doesn't carry quite the same doom and gloom as the Madden curse, but the number of those who have succeeded is a short list. Jimenez is being groomed for ninth-inning duties, picking up saves at every level since he started in rookie ball in 2013 at the tender age of 18. The fire-balling rookie had a rather inauspicious major-league debut in 2017, recording an unsightly 12.32 ERA and 2.11 WHIP in 19 innings for the Tigers. Jimenez surrendered 15 of his 26 earned runs allowed in just four efforts. In the other 20 appearances, Jimenez recorded a still poor but more palatable 4.86 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Obviously, Jimenez is still a work in progress, but fanning 241 with only 52 walks in 167.1 minor-league innings portends patience yielding a fruitful payoff. With Detroit in rebuilding mode, stashing Jimenez has potential long-term rewards, and who knows -- short-term benefits aren't out of the question.
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On pitching schedule Monday
PDetroit Tigers
March 4, 2019
Jimenez (arm) is listed among the Tigers' available bullpen arms for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Jason Beck of reports.
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Coming along slowly in spring
PDetroit Tigers
February 20, 2019
Jimenez has been nursing some minor muscle soreness in his right arm since reporting to spring training last week and will be eased into Grapefruit League action, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Blows save but grabs win against Royals
PDetroit Tigers
September 23, 2018
Jimenez (5-4) allowed a run on two hits in Saturday's game against the Royals to register a blown save, but he picked up the win when the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
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Implodes in loss to White Sox
PDetroit Tigers
August 24, 2018
Jimenez (4-3) took the loss Friday against the White Sox. He retired just a single batter and allowed four earned runs on three hits and a walk.
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Allows two runs in relief
PDetroit Tigers
August 19, 2018
Jimenez allowed two earned runs on a hit and two walks while retiring two batters in Saturday's win over the Twins.
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