Carlos Jimenez’s changeup
Carlos Jimenez, in general, is an underrated arm in the Pirates’ system. Through 73.1 innings as a professional, Jimenez has a strong 2.82 ERA, 3.83 FIP, and 1.27 WHIP. Jimenez has a hearty 28.3% strikeout rate and great .49 HR/9. However, command hasn’t been a significant strength for him, with a 10.2% walk rate.
What makes Jimenez stand out from many of the underrated arms in the Pirates’ system is his change-up. Some might even say it’s the best change-up in the system. He gets a ton of whiffs at his change, which has led to most of his strikeouts. He pairs this nicely with a fastball that rides through the zone, along with a slurve-like breaker.
Jimenez is definitely one pitcher to watch next season. You can’t help but be intrigued by a right-hander who has an elite change-up before even turning 20-years-old. He isn’t the highest-ranking prospect or one of the organization’s best international signings from a previous year, but for sure a guy to keep an eye on.