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Kelvin Rogelio Jimenez

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Kelvin Jimenez pitched two seasons in the majors, two seasons in Japan and one season in Korea.

Jimenez debuted with the 2000 GCL Rangers, going 4-7 with a 4.62 ERA. He split 2001 between the GCL Rangers (3-3, 1 Sv, 2.56, .214 opponent average, 51 K and 9 BB in 45 2/3 IP) and the Pulaski Rangers (0-3, 6.28, .352 opponent average). In 2002, Kelvin tied David Mead for the most losses by a Rangers minor leaguer, going 5-10 with a 3.20 ERA for the Savannah Sand Gnats. His K:BB ratio was 3.14:1; he got little support from a team that had the worst record in the South Atlantic League and the second-worst offense.

In 2003, Jimenez was 6-5 with 2 saves and a 4.73 ERA for the Stockton Ports. Moving up to AA in 2004, Kelvin had a 3-5, 4.53 record for the Frisco RoughRiders but led the Rangers farm system with 67 walks as his control went sour.

Jimenez split 2005 between Frisco (3.46 ERA, 2 Sv in 6 games) and the Oklahoma RedHawks (4-6, 3 Sv, 3.63 in 37 games, 5 starts). The right-hander battled injury in 2006 and was limited to 26 relief appearances for Oklahoma (4-2, 1 Sv, 5.21, 40 K in 38 IP, but 24 BB and 40 H). He missed time with a right hand contusion and right elbow strain. In the winter, he had a 1-1, 3.86 record for Estrellas.

Jimenez was signed to a minor league contract by the St. Louis Cardinals and was 1-0 with one save and a 1.59 ERA with 12 K in 11 1/3 ERA for the Memphis Redbirds when he was called up to replace Randy Keisler, who got sent down. He debuted in the majors with a scoreless inning on April 27. He struggled for the 2007 Cardinals with a 7.50 ERA in 34 games and .320 opponent average; one bright side was a 3-0 record. For Memphis on the year, he was 2-3 with a save and a 2.72 ERA in 30 games.

In 2008, Kelvin pitched for Memphis (1-6, 12 Sv, 2.92) and the Cardinals (5.62 in 15 G, 910 opponent OPS). Moving on to the Chicago White Sox chain for 2009, Jimenez was 6-3 with a save and a 4.02 ERA in 40 outings for the Charlotte Knights but had a .307 opponent average.

He signed with the Doosan Bears for 2010. He debuted on March 27 as Doosan's Opening Day starter. He allowed 3 runs in five innings to the defending champion KIA Tigers and got the victory thanks to strong offensive support led by Hyun-soo Kim. He had a fine season, going 14-5 with a 3.32 ERA. He was 4th in the league in ERA behind Hyun-jin Ryu, Kwang-hyun Kim and Ken Kadokura and also tied for 4th in wins with Kadokura and Seung-jin Song.

In 2011, he moved to Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles. He posted a 3.69 ERA but went 1-7. He improved his ERA to 3.15 in 2012 but his record remained poor at 5-10. He tied Hiroki Yamada, Sho Iwasaki, Manabu Mima and Takahiro Shiomi for third in the PL in losses, behind Takayuki Kishi and Yoshihisa Naruse.

Sources: 2001-2007 Baseball Almanacs, MLB.com, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database, MILB.com, KBO, NPB

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