Jimenez only threw a changeup 5.78% of the time, resulting in terrible results and a wRC+ of 328. Look for him to abandon the pitch in 2020.
Another power pitcher, Jimenez throws his fastball over 68% of the time and averages over 95 mph. He gets a lot of strikeouts with it, as evident by a 31.8% K rate.
His main secondary pitch, Jimenez uses his slider almost 26% of the time and held opponents to a wRC+ of 46. It’s an extremely effective weapon at the back end of the Tigers’ bullpen.
Jimenez’s mainstay pitch, his fastball was good for him in 2018, registering a whopping 9.1 pVal while limiting hitters to a .196 BAA and a 7.8 HR/FB%. It added a slight uptick in velocity (nearly reaching 99 mph at times) and gained three points in swinging-strike rate, which helped Jimenez nearly double the pitch’s K rate from 19.3% to an incredible 32.0%.
A -2.2 pVal pitch in 2018, Jimenez’s slider made decent strides in 2018 by cutting its walk rate, HR/FB%, and wRC+ nearly in half. With a .372 BABIP, the pitch may have been the victim of some bad luck as well.
Barely a negative pitch (-0.5 pVal) in 2018, Jimenez’s changeup may have suffered a bit from some bad BABIP luck as it leaped from .250 in 2017 to .316 in 2018. It showed improvement in O-swing%, SwStr%, and GB%; it also didn’t give up a single HR.