Joe Jimenez
Joe Jimenez
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Jimenez mostly struggled through the first half of the season while Shane Greene pitched effectively, resulting in Greene remaining in the closer role until he was traded at the end of July. After taking over as the stopper, Jimenez converted nine of his 14 save opportunities, posting a 31.9 K% with a 15.2% swinging-strike rate, pitching better than the surface numbers would indicate. The long ball was a problem and there is no getting around that -- his 1.96 HR/9 rate ranked eighth-worst among qualified relievers last season. However, the 24-year-old finished the year strong, recording a 1.00 ERA with a 12:1 K:BB and five saves over nine appearances in September. Jimenez should have decent job security as the closer heading into 2020 and has an above-average strikeout rate, but he has largely underperformed given his skill level and the saves will likely be scarce on what projects to be a 100-loss team. Read Past Outlooks
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Hit hard again Thursday
PDetroit Tigers
September 10, 2020
Jimenez allowed three earned runs on two hits while recording just two outs in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
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Jimenez had looked a little better recently with a 3.86 ERA over his last six appearances (4.2 innings) entering play Thursday, but as has been the case too often this season, he was hit hard in the matinee. The former Detroit closer fell victim to two home runs, and he's now given up seven long balls in just 15 innings this year. With an ugly 10.80 ERA, Jimenez is likely to remain in a lower-leverage role for the Tigers, while Bryan Garcia, Jose Cisnero and Gregory Soto share save opportunities.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Joe Jimenez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Joe Jimenez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-26%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .251 286 88 34 62 11 2 12
Since 2018vs Right .234 333 93 17 71 20 0 13
2020vs Left .343 42 7 5 12 2 0 3
2020vs Right .255 53 14 1 12 3 0 4
2019vs Left .262 117 38 13 27 4 1 5
2019vs Right .228 140 44 10 29 8 0 8
2018vs Left .211 127 43 16 23 5 1 4
2018vs Right .231 140 35 6 30 9 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-82%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-46%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.24 1.00 72.1 6 6 8 10.9 2.5 0.9
Since 2018Away 6.50 1.57 70.2 4 8 9 11.7 3.9 2.3
2020Home 2.16 0.60 8.1 1 1 2 5.4 1.1 1.1
2020Away 11.68 1.95 12.1 0 2 3 10.9 3.6 4.4
2019Home 3.13 1.07 31.2 2 3 4 12.8 2.8 1.4
2019Away 5.79 1.61 28.0 2 4 5 11.9 4.2 2.6
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.67
 
K/9
8.7
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
2.8
 
Fastball
94.3 mph
 
ERA
7.15
 
WHIP
1.37
 
BABIP
.300
 
GB/FB
0.75
 
Left On Base
56.6%
 
Exit Velocity
82.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2378 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.9%
 
Swinging Strike
11.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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.
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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Takes loss in second game
PDetroit Tigers
September 5, 2020
Jimenez (1-3) allowed an unearned run on one hit and took the loss in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Twins.
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Dealt loss Wednesday
PDetroit Tigers
September 2, 2020
Jimenez (1-2) allowed a run on a hit and a walk while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. He also hit two batters.
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Pulled from closer's role
PDetroit Tigers
August 26, 2020
Jimenez is no longer the Tigers' closer, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Hit hard again Sunday
PDetroit Tigers
August 23, 2020
Jimenez allowed three earned runs on one hit and two walks while retiring a single batter in Sunday's 7-4 win over Cleveland.
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Shelled by White Sox
PDetroit Tigers
August 20, 2020
Jimenez allowed four runs on three hits and a walk while retiring just one batter in Thursday's loss to the White Sox. He struck out one.
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