Ubaldo Jimenez. For over a year and half now, the right-hander has arguably been the most heavily scrutinized player within the entire Cleveland Indians organization. And rightfully so.
As we all know, the Indians paid a great price to acquire Jimenez in July 2011. At the time, the team traded its top two starting pitching prospects, Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for the right-hander.
It’s been a rough go-around for Jimenez since as he’s struggled with the Tribe. Everything that once made him a stud in Colorado has been absent since joining the Indians.
His control has disappeared, his velocity has dwindled, and thus, the strikeouts have declined.
Even after Jimenez posted a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts with the Indians in 2011, it seemed as if there might be a chance things could take a turn for the better.
His numbers were certainly down, but there were some signs that seemed to point toward a bright future. Jimenez’s ERA for 2011 was 4.68, but his FIP...