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Ubaldo Jiménez

Colorado Rockies — No. 38
Starting pitcher
Born: January 22, 1984 (1984-01-22) (age 25)
Nagua, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 26, 2006 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     31-28
Earned run average     3.80
Strikeouts     441
Teams

Ubaldo Jiménez is a starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. He was born on January 22, 1984

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Career

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2008

In 2008, Jimenez went 12-12 with a 3.99 earned run average. His 34 starts led the National League.[1] He threw the fastest fastball in the Major League, averaging 94.9 mph.[2]

2009

This past season Ubaldo Jiménez went 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA, his second full season in the majors. In the 2008 offseason, he signed a four-year, $10 million dollar contract with club options up to 2013-14.[3]

Jiménez holds the single-start strikeout record for the World Baseball Classic, which he set in March of 2009. He struck out 10 of the 13 batters he faced during his 65-pitch, four inning performance in Round One against the Netherlands.[4]

Scouting report

With respect to overall velocity, few pitchers possess the arm strength that makes Jiménez so formidable.

His four-seam fastball is frequently clocked as high as 100 mph, sometimes touching 101 mph[5], though his average four-seam fastball will typically register between 95-99 mph. Jiménez attains such velocity so frequently, in fact, that he is typically the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in baseball, having averaged a Major League best 96.1 mph during the 2009 season[6]. Additionally, no one threw more pitches over 95 mph (1,342) than did Jiménez during the 2008 season.[7]

Jiménez's two-seam fastball exhibits strong "tailing" action (moving inside on a right-handed batter, and away from a left-handed batter), as well as good "sinking" action, though not always by design. Velocity ranges from 93-95 mph. In 2008, Jiménez posted a very robust ground-ball percentage of 54.4%,[8] a testament to this pitch's effectiveness and making him an ideal pitcher for Coors Field, a ballpark known for extra-base hits.

Jiménez is known to throw a split-finger fastball and an occasional forkball, having deceptive downward movement in the 86-91 mph range.

The changeup thrown by Jiménez also exhibits strong "sinking" action, so much so that television commentators unfamiliar with Jiménez often have trouble distinguishing his change-up from a sinking fastball or a split-finger fastball. Jiménez varies the pitch by using both a circle changeup and traditional straight changeup grip. Typically thrown between 85-90 mph, the pitch will dive down and away from left-handed batters.

Jiménez's slider is usually thrown between 84-86 mph while reaching as high as 89-91 mph on occasion. This pitch fools batters with an unusually sharp, late break and is used second most in frequency behind his four-seam fastball. Batters often confuse this pitch with a fastball (the major league average for a fastball is approximately 91 mph[9]) and due to the tight, late-breaking movement of the pitch, are often unable to hit it.

The final pitch in Jiménez's arsenal is a looping curveball. Used infrequently, it is thrown anywhere between 75-85 mph and exhibits a traditional "12-6" break.

With such impressive pitching talent, Jiménez was compared to a young Pedro Martinez by his manager, Jim Tracy.[10] However, control issues still separate him from the elite pitchers in the league.

Jiménez wears a Rawlings glove stitched with 'Jiménez-Garcia', his full last name.

Honors and awards

  • No. 24 of Baseball's Best Minor League Players - MLN FAB50 Baseball 2006.[11]
  • No. 30 of Baseball's Best Minor League Players - MLN FAB50 Baseball 2005.[12]
  • No. 32 of Baseball's Best Minor League Players - MLN FAB50 Baseball 2004.[13]

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Simple English

[[File:|100px|right|thumb|Ubaldo Jimenez]] Ubaldo Jimenez (born January 22, 1984) is a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. He became the first Rockie to throw a no-hitter on April 17, 2010. He is from the Dominican Republic. In 2010, he was the starting National League pitcher at the MLB All-Star Game, which the National League won.


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