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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Notches ninth save
PDetroit Tigers
September 28, 2019
Jimenez served up a solo homer but allowed no other baserunners in the ninth inning to earn the save in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
ANALYSIS
Jimenez gave up a one-out homer to Yoan Moncada but still only needed 11 pitches to work through the ninth inning. The right-hander has a 4.37 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 82:23 K:BB over 59.2 innings while going 9-for-14 in save opportunities.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
13
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
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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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 2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-55%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .232 283 87 33 57 11 2 10
Since 2017vs Right .268 340 90 21 83 22 0 12
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
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
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-46%
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 4.68 1.22 77.0 5 5 6 10.9 3.0 0.9
Since 2017Away 6.30 1.55 64.1 4 8 6 11.8 3.9 2.0
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
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 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
3.57
 
K/9
12.4
 
BB/9
3.5
 
HR/9
2.0
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
4.37
 
WHIP
1.32
 
BABIP
.333
 
GB/FB
0.62
 
Left On Base
75.7%
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.9%
 
Spin Rate
2401 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
33.3%
 
Swinging Strike
15.2%
 
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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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Records eighth save
PDetroit Tigers
September 22, 2019
Jimenez allowed one hit with no walks while striking out none through a scoreless inning to record his eighth save in a 6-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday.
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Avoids danger for seventh save
PDetroit Tigers
September 16, 2019
Jimenez allowed three hits in a scoreless inning Monday, striking out two batters and earning the save over Baltimore.
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Earns win against Yankees
PDetroit Tigers
September 10, 2019
Jimenez (4-7) earned the win Tuesday against the Yankees, working a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.
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Notches sixth save
PDetroit Tigers
September 6, 2019
Jimenez tossed a scoreless 11th inning Friday, allowing a hit and striking out one to earn his sixth save of the year in a 5-4 win over the Athletics.
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Picks up fifth save
PDetroit Tigers
September 5, 2019
Jimenez worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning and earn the save in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Royals. He struck out one.
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