More On The Rockies: Johendi Jiminian

Our month of updated Top 20 Prospects lists and state-of-the-system reports at concludes today with the Reds and Rockies. I saw plenty of interesting players when I checked out the Rockies at their Cactus League base at Salt River, and here’s one I didn’t mention in the camp report . . .

Another breakout candidate: Johendi Jiminian

Signed for $350,000 from the Dominican Republic in 2010, Jiminian spent the first three years of his career in Rookie ball and is still waiting to make his full-season debut after his fourth. Ticketed for low Class A Asheville in 2014, he could emerge as one of Colorado’s top lower-level pitching prospects.

There’s still a lot of projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame, and Jiminian already has an impressive fastball. He routinely works in the low 90s with good life, pounding the bottom of the strike zone.

Jiminian cut his walk rate from 6.4 innings in 2012 to 2.6 last year, and he also improved his secondary pitches. But Bridich said the biggest gains the 22-year-old right-hander made in 2013 came with his mound presence.

“He’s a young kid who has grown up a lot and become a man,” Bridich said. “He throws in the low to mid-90s with deep angle on his fastball. His breaking ball and changeup are at least average, and plus at times. He was a little scared when he came over here, but he’s a competitor now.”

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