7. Ubaldo Jimenez…wasn’t…terrible.
Spring Training started off with a whimper for Ubaldo Jimenez. He said he was working on adjusting to new mechanics. The scoreboard said he was working on allowing a lot of runs.
In the end, Jimenez, after working with Ramon Martinez to tighten up his delivery, delivered a much better season for the Orioles in 2015 than the disastrous 2014. He lowered his walk rate from 5.5 per nine last year to a career-low 3.3 this season. In the first half of the season, Jimenez pitched to a 2.81 ERA in 17 starts. Orioles fans had a lot of good feels about the guy we wanted off the team come hell or high water just a few months ago.
Things came crashing down a little bit for Jimenez in the second half of the year. He posted a 2-6 record in July and August with an ERA over 6.00. Jimenez did pull things together in September, going 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA in six starts. Overall, Jimenez had four good months and two very terrible months, and finished with a 12-10 record and 4.11 ERA. At nearly 32 years old, Jimenez has to make the transition from thrower to pitcher, and it appeared he made some good strides in that regard in 2015. The final two years of his contract do not appear likely to enter disaster territory.