Joe Jimenez Represents Tigers in Futures Game

This year, the Tigers will have just one representative in the 2015 MLB Futures Game, as Whitecaps closer right-hander Joe Jimenez will represent the Detroit organization.

Each year, the Futures Game has become an opportunity for MLB organizations to show off some of their bright young talent just before the All-Star game festivities begin, and for the Tigers it's been no different.

In 2012, Nick Castellanos took home the Futures Game MVP award thanks to a three-hit day in which he also drove in three runs.

Last year, Jake Thompson struck out both the batters he faced en route to earning the win for the US team.

This year, the Tigers will be represented by Joe Jimenez, the Whitecaps right-handed closer, on the World team.

Jimenez is the first active Whitecap to play in the game since Gorkys Hernandez represented the club back in 2007.

“I’m very happy right now,” Jimenez said. “I’m so excited to represent the Whitecaps and Tigers organizations. It’ll be pretty fun.”

For the season, Jimenez has a 2.05 ERA in 22 games with a 3-1 record and seven saves. He's also racked up 35 strikeouts in 22 innings, good for a 14.3 K/9 rate.

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