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
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Handed second loss
PDetroit Tigers
May 21, 2019
Jimenez (2-2) allowed a run on two hits and a walk to take the loss in Tuesday's 5-4, 11-inning defeat to the Marlins.
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Jimenez started the top of the 11th inning off with a strikeout and a groundout. Things changed quickly for the righty, however, as he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas followed by a double to Chad Wallach that brought home the run from first. Jimenez used a good start in 2018 to make the AL All-Star team, but he's been more sluggish out of the gate this year, as he now has a 4.19 ERA through 21 appearances.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-55%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .221 201 62 26 38 9 1 6
Since 2017vs Right .279 248 63 14 63 16 0 7
2019vs Left .276 35 13 6 8 2 0 1
2019vs Right .209 48 17 3 9 2 0 3
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.24 1.31 55.0 3 3 2 10.3 3.4 0.7
Since 2017Away 6.46 1.50 46.0 4 5 1 12.1 3.7 1.8
2019Home 2.79 1.24 9.2 0 1 0 14.0 4.7 0.9
2019Away 5.59 1.45 9.2 2 1 0 14.0 3.7 2.8
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
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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 this season's data (min 20 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.
K/BB
3.33
 
K/9
14.0
 
BB/9
4.2
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
4.19
 
WHIP
1.34
 
BABIP
.346
 
GB/FB
0.81
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
87.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.7%
 
Spin Rate
2414 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.9%
 
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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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Blows save and gets win
PDetroit Tigers
May 11, 2019
Jimenez (2-1) blew the save Saturday against the Twins, allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout and a walk in one inning of work, but he picked up the win when the Tigers took the lead in the top of the ninth inning.
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Finding footing as setup man
PDetroit Tigers
May 2, 2019
Jimenez has given up three runs while striking out 15 over his last 11 appearances spanning 9.1 innings.
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Notches third hold
PDetroit Tigers
April 8, 2019
Jimenez allowed two hits but pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Royals to record a hold.
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Records hold Wednesday
PDetroit Tigers
April 3, 2019
Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a walk and two strikeouts to earn a hold in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Yankees.
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Picks up first win
PDetroit Tigers
April 2, 2019
Jimenez (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout and recorded the win in Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
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