Ubaldo Jimenez, Starting Pitcher, Baltimore Orioles, #31
Date of Birth: 1/22/1984
Birthplace: Nagua, Dominican Republic
Current Salary: $13,500,000
Ubaldo Jimenez, starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, started his professional baseball career in the Colorado Rockies' minor league system in 2002. He spent five years in the minors before being called up to the Rockies in 2006 for 2 games. The following season, he pitched 82.0 innings in 15 games with the Rockies, finishing with a 4.28 ERA.
In 2008, his first full season as a starting pitcher with the Rockies, Jimenez pitched in 34 games and finished with a 12-12 win-loss record and a 3.99 ERA. After the season ended, he signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Rockies.
Jimenez's best season was 2010, when he had career highs in innings pitched (221.2), wins (19 to 8 losses), and strikeouts (214 to 92 walks) and a career low ERA of 2.88. On April 17, 2010, he pitched a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves.
The Rockies traded Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians after 21 games and a 4.46 ERA in 2011. In 2012, his first full season with the Indians, he had a weak season, finishing with a 9-17 record and a 5.40 ERA. He fared better in 2013 with a 13-9 record and a 3.30 ERA.
Jimenez became a free agent after the 2013 season and he signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Orioles in February, 2014. He struggled in the 2014 season, finishing with a 6-9 record, 116 strikeouts to 77 walks, and a 4.81 ERA in 125.1 innings in 25 games.
Jimenez pitched in 32 games with the Orioles in 2015. He finished the season with a 12-10 record, 168 strikeouts to 68 walks, and a 4.11 ERA in 184.0 innings.
Jimenez finished the 2016 season with a 5.44 ERA in 29 games. He had 8 wins to 12 losses and 125 strikeouts to 72 walks in 142.1 innings. In the postseason, he played in one game and he gave up 3 hits and 3 runs.
Statistics for Jimenez in nine full seasons (2008-2016) in the major leagues include:
- 7 seasons with over 30 games, with a high of 34 in 2008
- 2 seasons with over 200 innings pitched, with a high of 221.2 in 2010
- 6 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 214 in 2010
Career pitching statistics for Jimenez through 2016 include:
- 298 games played
- 1,727.1 innings pitched
- 108-106 win-loss record
- 1,581 strikeouts to 790 walks
- 4.13 ERA