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Detroit Tigers TigsTown Scouting Report: #4 RHP Joe Jimenez

On Monday, the Tigers brought up another of their top ten prospects, promoting power reliever Joe Jimenez from Toledo. Jimenez has dominated minor league competition, but the Tigers have been hesitant to promote the righty to the big leagues. The updated scouting report helps shine light both on his potential, and where Jimenez stands today.

Vitals

Position: Right-Handed Pitcher

Date of Birth: 1/17/1995 (Opening Day Age: 22)

Height/Weight: 6’3/220

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Acquired: Undrafted Free Agent, 2013

 

Scouting Report

Body: Thick build; continues to get stronger under professional tutelage; must maintain conditioning.

 

Delivery/Mechanics: Very low-3/4 arm slot; will dip to almost side-arm at times; mechanical profile can be inconsistent; has some effort and will exaggerate more at times when he’s ramping up for more velocity; aggressive delivery appears to attack home plate.

 

Fastball: Has continued to tick up throughout professional career; sits comfortably at 94-97 mph; has reached 100 mph on occasion, but more typically tops out at 98-99 during outings; some tendency for velo to step back a half tick on second night of back-to-back appearances; tremendous life that leads to weak contact and missed bats; elite pitch that could still take a step forward and be even more dominating with improved consistency and command within the strike zone. Grade – Present 7/Future 8

 

Slider: Not a traditional hard, darting slider that you see with most hard-throwing right-handers, but effective nonetheless; mid-80s offering with solid spin and larger break; still shows good depth and broad movement away from RHH; still developing ability to start inside and finish in the strike zone; when right can be a chase pitch that hitters have difficulty fighting off because of velocity differential; improved consistency could result in legit plus offering at peak. Grade – 5+/6+

 

Control/Command: Aggressive delivery with inconsistency; below-average athlete and poor physical conditioning; command/control could be hindered as a result; typically pounds strike zone but lacks ability to locate and move the ball around at will; occasionally loses strike zone all together, but instances have become increasingly rare; above-average control and fringe command are likely result at conclusion of development.

 

Other: Fiery player that outwardly displays emotion – both positive and negative; can accentuate struggles by getting down on himself and trying to throw even harder; maturity is developing with age and as he continues to learn to control emotions and focus on his task, his competitiveness should be a long-term positive.

 

Final Word

Summary: Classic power reliever profile; FB is dominating pitch with room to grow still; SL can miss bats and is quality complimentary offering; command lags behind in development, as does emotional control, but both have chance for continued growth; two-pitch reliever with potential to lock down high-leverage roles.

 

Risk: High risk; Typical inherent reliever variability; command and maturity must continue to advance to avoid flaming out.

 

Projection: Big-league ready arm that should help in middle innings and possibly 7th inning immediately; potential to assume higher profile roles quickly, including setup role that may be long-term future; command development will dictate whether player can become a future closer; regardless, high leverage reliever that will help immediately – with some bumps in the road – and should be a low-cost asset for several years.

 

 


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