Jimenez Ready for First Full Season

Widely heralded as one of the premiere pitching talents out of Puerto Rico, 6'3" right-hander Joe Jimenez signed with the Detroit Tigers last season after going undrafted due to lofty signing bonus demands. See what the youngster is doing to prepare for his first full year of pro baseball.

After reporting to the organization's GCL affiliate after signing, Joe Jimenez posted a 0.50 ERA with 24 strikeouts over 18 innings.

Jimenez, 19, worked hard this winter preparing for the upcoming season.

"For me this off-season was very much about training and conditioning," Jimenez stated when asked what he'd been up to this off-season. "I work hard. Threw many bullpens and I concentrated on keeping the ball in the zone."

Already a big boy at 220 pounds, Jimenez stated that he gained about ten more pounds of muscle this winter.

As for the arsenal, while it's not entirely scrapped, Jimenez offered that his primary focus was on developing the change not the curveball this off-season. Already possessing a heavy low-90s fastball and power slider, Jimenez has the arsenal and body to miss bats and chew up innings.

When asked about his innings target this season, Jimenez stated, "I don't know how many innings they want me to throw. Last season I didn't throw too much, but I think I'm prepared to throw the whole season if I stay healthy."

Jimenez was recently tabbed the 16th best prospect in the Tigers organization by TigsTown. You can read his profile from when he was signed last summer here.

James Chipman is the Senior Lakeland Correspondent for TigsTown. Be sure to follow him on twitter @JAYRC_TigsTown.

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