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2015 TigsTown Awards: Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year

This year's Brian Bluhm Minor League Pitcher of the Year goes to a hard throwing right-hander reliever who dominated the opposition in West Michigan this season.

Brian Bluhm Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year: RHP Joe Jimenez


2015 Stats - Pitching
West Michigan 40 0 17 43.0 23 2 8 7 11 61 0 1.47 0.79 5-1

Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Tigers in 2013, Jimenez was originally considered a candidate to start but quickly moved to the bullpen where he has excelled beyond many expectations. Much like his older brother, AJ Jimenez (a catcher in the Blue Jays system), Joe owns a powerful right arm that allows him to run his lively fastball up to 97-99 mph with regularity. With some effort in his delivery and the shear velocity he exhibits, Jimenez completely dominated MWL hitters in 2015, posting a microscopic 1.47 ERA, 5-1 record, and 17 saves. To make matters worse for opposing hitters, he yielded just 23 walks in 43 innings of work, all while punching out an incredible 61 hitters. Jimenez has all the ingredients necessary to develop into a quality late inning arm at the big league level, should his control and command develop like the rest of his game. Along with Gerber, Jimenez has seen his prospect stock soar to new heights, and he could find himself on the big league radar in short order.

In 2007, TigsTown named its annual awards after a pair of outstanding Tigers fans. You can read more about Ryan and Brian here: TigsTown Awards Named.

Past Award Winners 

2014: OF Steven Moya, RHP Buck Farmer

2013: 2B Devon Travis, LHP Kyle Lobstein 

2012: OF Avisail Garcia, RHP Bruce Rondon 

2011: 3B Nick Castellanos, LHP Drew Smyly 

2010: 3B Wade Gaynor, RHP Jacob Turner 

2009: 2B Scott Sizemore, LHP Casey Crosby 

2008: 1B Ryan Strieby, RHP Rick Porcello 

2007: 1B Jeff Larish, LHP Duane Below 

2006: OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jair Jurrjens 

2005: OF Brent Clevlen, RHP Justin Verlander 

2004: OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Virgil Vasquez 

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