|Colorado Rockies — No. 38|
January 22, 1984
Nagua, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 26, 2006 for the Colorado Rockies|
(through 2009 season)
|Earned run average||3.80|
Ubaldo Jiménez is a starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. He was born on January 22, 1984
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.
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.
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, 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. Additionally, no one threw more pitches over 95 mph (1,342) than did Jiménez during the 2008 season.
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%, a testament to this pitch's effectiveness and making him an ideal pitcher for Coors Field, a ballpark known for extra-base hits.
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) 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.
Jiménez wears a Rawlings glove stitched with 'Jiménez-Garcia', his full last name.
[[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.