Born: July 14, 2002
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 140
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Venezuela
Agent: N/A

The Pirates signed Jimenez shortly after the 2018-19 signing period began.  They had to wait a couple weeks until he turned 16.  Jimenez has very good stuff with a chance for three above-average pitches.  He throws a fastball in the mid-90s, along with a curve and change.  The change may be his best pitch and he throws it often to both left- and right-handed batters.

DSL:  1-0-0, 2.54 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 39.0 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 10.4 K/9

Jimenez made ten starts in his debut and, considering that he only turned 17 during the season, put up remarkable numbers.  He missed about a month between early July and early August.  He had no platoon split.


Jimenez evidently was healthy, as the Pirates brought him to the fall instructional league in 2019.  Of course, there was no season in 2020.

R:  3-2-0, 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 34.1 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 11.5 K/9

Jimenez pitched mostly as a starter in the FCL and had a good year.  He had a few bad outings at the beginning and end of the season, but often dominated, including a high K rate.  He held right-handed hitters to a .541 OPS while left-handed hitters still only managed .660.

A:  1-7-0, 4.13 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 69.2 IP, 5.8 BB/9, 11.4 K/9

Pitching mostly in the Bradenton rotation, Jimenez continued to display some of the best stuff in the system.  Control obviously was a problem at times and he seemed to run out of steam after mid-season.  His ERA was 3.05 through the end of June, 5.72 after that.  Left-handed batters continued to be more of a problem, posting a .798 OPS against him.

The Pirates have a decision to make, as Jimenez is now Rule 5 eligible.  It’s unlikely they’ll add him to the roster, given that he hasn’t pitched above low A.

2023: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
July 16, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.