Dedgar Jimenez entered the 2017 as a relatively unknown prospect. There wasn’t much in his past numbers to indicate a breakout season. That’s exactly what happened though.
In 18 games (17 starts) with the Advanced-A Salem Red Sox, the right-handed pitcher went 10-3. In that time, Jimenez posted a 3.07 earned run average and 1.20 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP). He struck out 93 batters compared to 23 walks over 99 2/3 innings, while opponents hit .259 against him.
Due to the strong numbers, Jimenez was promoted to Double-A in late July.
With the Portland Sea Dogs, the 21-year-old’s stats were almost identical. Over his first seven starts, Jimenez was 4-0 with a 3.07 ERA. Opponents were hitting .259 against him, while he posted a 1.37 WHIP.
The big difference here was his strikeouts. Over 41 innings, Jimenez had just 22 strikeouts compared to 15 walks in Double-A.
On Thursday, Jimenez had another solid outing. He went 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits. While he did surrender three walks, the big righty set three down with the K as well.
Heading into the season, there were a lot of reasons to write off Jimenez as nothing special. He doesn’t have the ideal frame, and his numbers didn’t back him up at all.
With four games left in the year though, it appears Jimenez’s season is done. If that’s the case, his numbers won’t be silent anymore.
Thanks to his great start on Thursday, Jimenez now has a 2.91 ERA with the Sea Dogs. Even better, is the 3.02 ERA that he holds combined between the Advanced-A and Double-A this year.
Entering 2017, Dedgar Jimenez was just another arm in the Boston farm system. Entering 2018, he’ll be a must-watch.