DSL Cardinals Starter of the Year: 2009

Charllan Jimenez delivered the top performance by a starting pitcher on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals seemed to run with a tandem rotation or were trying to figure out which pitchers are best suited to be starters versus relievers. Plenty of new faces were added to the 2009 DSL roster and finding where one hurler fit and another did not was the apparent reason for the many different starters used this season.

Following is a monthly graph showing how each pitched from month to month ordered by innings pitched and the final graph shows those who logged 20 or more innings during the season.

2009 DSL Cardinals Starting Pitchers (listed in order of innings pitched)

May/June G W L IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Jose Pasen 5 0 2 20.3 17 16 10 1 11 30 4.43
Angel Tapia 4 0 0 16 21 17 11 1 8 9 6.19
Keury Herrera 4 1 0 14.7 15 8 8 1 9 15 4.90
Michael Santana 3 1 1 14.7 10 2 2 0 2 12 1.22
Alejandro Pinard 3 0 1 9.7 16 9 9 0 1 8 8.35
Charllan Jimenez 2 0 0 9 9 3 1 0 3 10 1.00
Pedro Pena 2 0 0 7 9 3 2 0 2 7 2.57
Adriano Uribe 2 0 2 6 7 4 4 0 5 6 6.00
July G W L IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Stalyn Lopez 4 1 0 17.7 13 4 4 1 9 10 2.03
Charllan Jimenez 3 2 0 17 7 1 1 0 6 20 0.53
Keury Herrera 3 0 1 15.7 15 10 10 0 10 14 5.73
Pedro Pena 3 1 0 13.3 12 4 3 1 9 16 2.03
Ramon Urena 2 1 0 12.7 12 6 6 1 4 6 4.25
Michael Santana 2 0 0 11 10 2 2 1 5 7 1.64
Alejandro Pinard 2 (1 CG) 1 1 10 15 5 5 0 1 8 4.50
Willy Paulino 2 1 0 9 4 4 4 0 5 10 4.00
August G W L IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Willy Paulino 3 2 0 16 12 5 2 0 6 16 1.13
Alejandro Pinard 2 CG 2 0 14 6 2 0 0 1 11 0.00
Bryan Martinez 2 0 0 10 11 5 5 0 6 8 4.50
Charllan Jimenez 2 1 0 9.3 6 3 3 1 6 10 2.90
Michael Santana 1 1 0 6 1 0 0 0 1 4 0.00
Adriano Uribe 2 0 1 5.7 4 5 4 0 5 6 6.32
Angel Tapia 1 0 1 4.7 5 4 4 0 2 1 7.66
Stalyn Lopez 1 0 0 4 6 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Overall (20+ Innings) G W L IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Charllan Jimenez 7 3 0 35.3 22 7 5 1 15 40 1.27
Alejandro Pinard 7 (3 CG) 3 2 33.7 37 16 14 0 3 27 3.74
Keury Herrera 8 1 1 33.3 34 19 19 2 20 31 5.14
Michael Santana 6 2 1 31.7 21 4 4 1 8 23 1.14
Pedro Pena 7 1 1 25.7 25 10 5 1 17 28 1.75
Willy Paulino 5 3 0 25 16 9 5 0 11 26 1.80
Angel Tapia 6 0 2 23.7 29 23 17 1 11 15 6.46
Stalyn Lopez 5 1 0 21.7 19 5 4 1 10 11 1.66

Michael Santana, Pedro Pena, Willy Paulino, Alejandro Pinard, and Stalyn Lopez made a good case for the top starting pitcher award. Santana was moved into the bullpen, Pena dealt with injuries (one rehab start), Pinard was up and down, and Lopez didn't pitch enough innings to make a direct effect on the nomination.

Charllan Jimenez, however, was completely dominant all season long as a starter. Jimenez was also used as a reliever as noted below. As the numbers in the tables above illustrate, across the board compared to the other starters, he was the talk of the league and St. Louis Cardinals scouts.

Congratulations to the 2009 Scout.com Dominican Summer League Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year Charllan Jimenez.

Jimenez' season

Jimenez made 15 appearances (seven starts) posting a 6-0 record, 2.14 ERA, and one save. He allowed 45 hits, 18 runs (15 earned), four home runs, hit five batters, walked 23, threw two wild pitches, had one balk, committed one error, struck out 76, and picked one runner off over 63 innings. Jimenez had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 39-to-61, let two of three inherited runners score, and had a 1.08 WHIP.

The Cardinals' January 11, 2008 signing was completely dominant. Whether it was as a starter or as a reliever, he was on track. He didn't give up a run in five games and struck out four or more batters 11 times (season-high nine on June 26). Jimenez pitched four or more innings in ten outings and earned winning decisions in three consecutive games (between June 26 and July 13). As a starter, he pitched 34.2 innings allowing 22 hits, seven runs (five earned), 15 walks, and striking out 40.

The 20-year old right-hander' made his best appearance on July 13 (start), giving up two hits, no runs, and striking out nine over six innings for a winning decision. His worst outing came on June 11 as he was tagged with four hits, three earned runs, one home run, one walk, one wild pitch, and struck out four over two innings.

Jimenez has received quite a bit of buzz among scouts through the Cardinals system. He recovered almost perfectly after dealing with injuries in 2008 and is most likely headed to extended spring camp in 2010. The question remains whether the organization will use him as a starter or reliever when he arrives.



Notes: Like the details on Jimenez above, you can read individual capsules on each of the club's starting pitchers in our recent four-part series recapping the 2009 DSL Cardinals season.

Link to our entire series of Scout.com Cardinals Players of the Year representing the top relievers, starters and position players across the entire system.



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