Maybe Dedgar Jimenez just doesn’t have the look of a Major League pitcher. If that’s not the, it has to be his poor numbers in past seasons. Whatever the reason, the Boston Red Sox pitching prospect is still overlooked. After another fantastic outing though, it’s getting hard to understand why.
Dedgar Jimenez entered the 2017 season on basically zero radars. He wasn’t close to the top-100 prospects, and he didn’t appear to be within range of the Red Sox top-30 either. Meanwhile, Jimenez didn’t seem to be a hot commodity with other teams as well.
The big left-handers last two seasons might’ve had something to do with that. With the Full-A Greenville Drive in 2015, Jimenez posted a 4.43 earned run average while opponents hit .313 against him.
2016 was worse though.
Once again opponents hit .313 against Jimenez, his ERA had gotten worse though – up at 5.20.
Meanwhile, Jimenez doesn’t have the most impressive mix of pitches, and his body has seen it’s fair share of critics. He barely hits the 90s with his fastball, and none of his off-speed pitches are labeled as anything better than average.
*With that being said, I love a good changeup, and Jimenez’s shows real potential in my opinion.*
Due to all those factors, Jimenez started the season where he did. In Advanced-A with very little fanfare.
How quickly things can change though. The 21-year-old looked better than ever in Advanced-A to start the season.
He posted a 3.07 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) with a 10-3 record. Opponents hit .259 against him while he struck out 93 compared to 23 walks in 99 2/3 innings. Finally, he had a 1.20 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP).
The great start to the season led to a promotion to Double-A for Jimenez. The Venezuelan hasn’t skipped a beat since taking the step up either.
With the Portland Sea Dogs, Jimenez has started four games and already has a 3-0 record. He has a 3.27 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, while opponents are hitting .265 against him.
The only real hiccup has been his walks. Jimenez has 14 strikeouts and 11 walks over 22 innings in Double-A.
On Thursday, Jimenez turned out his best start with the Sea Dogs. He went six scoreless innings, giving up six hits and walking just one, while picking up five strikeouts.
Overall, Jimenez is on-pace for career-best numbers in most statistical categories. His combined 3.11 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, as well as his opponents .260 batting average against him are all major steps in the right direction.
Due to a number of factors Dedgar Jimenez might not be the most “attractive” prospect. Don’t let his past dictate his future though. He’s quickly becoming extremely underrated – and a much watch.