Build: Thick frame; girth around mid-section; heavy player at a young age; concerns towards his future if excess weight is added.
Mechanics: 3/4 arm slot; average arm speed; generates downhill plane on his arsenal; cuts off momentum and rotation at hips due to girth around mid-section in frame; minimal drive; clean landing with foot pointed towards the plate; overall easy mechanics with minimal exertion; delivery times ~1.50
Greenville Drive (Low A, Red Sox)
30; Org Player
Above-average command; T90 3X; straight offering with minimal horizontal movement; downhill plane; spots well to all four quadrants; chance for plus command in the future due to advanced feel for his age.
Average command; replicates arm speed; feel for offering; displays moderate fade in 79-81 velo band; firm a few times at 83 mph; refinement in release points and continued repetition can boost value to an average offering.
Average command; replicates arm speed; mild feel; 2-7 break; slow spinning offering that act more as a show pitch; lacks the tight spin and depth to consistently work; release points were inconsistent and refinement could play up the pitch a grade.
Signed as an international free agent in 2012 for $175,000. Jimenez displays pitchability and feel for his arsenal, and is able to replicate his arm speed and consistently pound the zone with all three pitches.
The body is a concern moving forward, with the potential for bad weight to be added if conditioning is not at the forefront of his regime. The frame has an effect on his mechanics presently, and there could be further issues if more weight is added. The overall arsenal is not flashy, but Jimenez has enough feel and stuff to work as a middle reliever in the future. The risk is high, as this was his first start in full-season ball.