Fantasy Baseball Profile: Is Ubaldo Jimenez a Fantasy Baseball Ace?

Feb 6, 2010

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Ubaldo Jimenez has disproved the notion that the Colorado Rockies can’t have an ace pitcher. Instead of paying to bring in a big name free agent pitcher, they groomed one in Jimenez. He was solid in 2008 and saw across the board improvement in 2009.

2008: 12-12, 3.99 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .245 BAA, 172 K, 103 BB
2009: 15-12, 3.47 ERA, 1.23 WHIP .229 BAA, 198 K, 85 BB

The key to his success is his ability to produce ground balls. That’s almost a requirement in Coors Field. You keep the ball down, you keep it in the ballpark. He also did a good job of limiting free passes. He went from 4.67 BB/9 in 2008 to 3.51 in 2009. Couple that with an increase in K/9 from 7.8 to 8.2 and you can see why he was successful last year.

He was also very consistent last year.

Home: 102.3 IP, 8-5, 3.34 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .234 BAA, 86 K, 40 BB
Away: 115.7 IP, 7-7, 3.58 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .225 BAA, 112 K, 45 BB

And a force down the stretch.

First Half: 115.7 IP, 6-9, 3.81 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .247 BAA 101 K, 46 BB
Second Half: 102.3 IP, 9-3, 3.08 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .209 BAA, 97 K, 39 BB

We know he’s Colorado’s ace, but can he be your fantasy ace as well? With numbers like that I think so. I can see him being ranked in the top 12 by season’s end. Personally I would prefer him as a #2 fantasy pitcher (see my SP rankings). If I miss out on Lincecum, Greinke, King Felix, Johan, C.C, Halladay, Haren, and Verlander, I wouldn’t mind having Ubaldo paired with Cliff Lee, Beckett, Wainwright, Kershaw, or Cole Hamels. That would allow me to address another positional need first, and then adding two big guns to my pitching staff.

What’s your take? Do you see Ubaldo as a #1 or a #2 in 2010?

Prediction:  17-12, 3.60 ERA, 1.25 WHIP,  195 K

Past profiles:
Arizona Diamondbacks:  Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles:  Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox:  Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs:  Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox:  Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds:  Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians:  Grady Sizemore

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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    February 6th, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Great take on Jimenez. A rotation of solid numbers can go a long way .. an much further than 1 or 2 and then pray for rain.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    Thanks Frank.

  3. Steve
    February 6th, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    In the last two years, Jimenez wasn’t even selected in the draft. Both years, I picked him up as a free agent and wasn’t disappointed, especailly last season. Even if he doesn’t get a win, he will help in K’s, WHIP and ERA.

  4. LestersLegends
    February 6th, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    Nice. Rest assured he’ll get drafted this year.

  5. Rotoprofessor
    February 7th, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    He’s converted me into a believer. I have him ranked as my #12 SP this season, so I agree with you, I’d rather have him as my #2 starting pitcher. Long-term, though, he’s an ace in the making.

  6. LestersLegends
    February 7th, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Holy smokes, we agree on someone. Ha.

  7. Rotoprofessor
    February 7th, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    I know, it doesn’t happen often.

  8. LestersLegends
    February 7th, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing for Ubaldo. I have been getting him as a third pitcher in mock drafts, though I don’t see that happening in regular drafts.

  9. Name
    February 20th, 2010 at 2:28 am #

    I drafted Ubaldo in the second to last round (I think) last season. Looks like I’ll have to get him earlier this time.

  10. LestersLegends
    February 20th, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    Nice work last year! Yeah, probably anywhere from 8th to 10th this year.

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