Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 38…of 286. Stay tuned.
Yeuris Jimenez is a 6’3″, 185 lb. right-handed reliever from Santiago, DR. Born on March 23rd, 2001, he’s one of 10 players currently in the Miami Marlins system to still be shy of his 18th birthday (Osiris Johnson will turn 18 later this week).
Players in the Dominican Summer League traditionally have a very low success rate at ever making it to the major leagues. Somewhere between two and five percent every make the big show at some point in their career. Jose Urena and Jarlin Garcia are two notable success stories on the current iteration of the Miami Marlins. Jimenez signed with Miami on July 2nd, 2017.
At the time of this article, there have been 51 major leaguers who were born in Santiago. Most notable amongst them are Jose Reyes, Jhonny Peralta, Luis Polonia, Jose Lima, Julian Tavarez, and Carlos Gomez.
Jimenez is a low-risk, high-reward type of player, as are most players out of the DSL. He’s got a floor right where he’s at today. His ceiling, however, is very unpredictable. He’s still growing, after all, and might fill in over the next few seasons.
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Jimenez’ first professional look wasn’t what anyone would call a fairytale. In 11 appearances, he closed the season with a 9.64 ERA, allowing 11 walks and 15 hits over 14 innings. That’s a WHIP of 1.86, with only nine strikeouts to speak of. Even so, Jimenez completed the season with a 2-0 record, despite allowing over a run per-inning.
In undeniably his best outing of the season, on August 2nd, Jimenez earned a win by striking out four over three shutout innings, allowing three singles and no walks. The DSL Marlins won that game going away, 10-2 over the DSL Athletics. This level of the Marlins ended up posting a solid 42-30 season.
As I said, Jimenez’ future is not preordained, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that he’ll definitely get another look with DSL in 2019. If he eventually makes his way to the major league level, it would be around 2025 or even later.
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