The Phillies have signed 28-year-old lefty Cesar Jimenez to a Minor League contract for 2013. Jimenez spent all of 2012 except for a brief rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma of the Seattle Mariners, posting a 5.24 ERA in 26 games in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. Jimenez has seen action in 43 games in the big leagues as a reliever, posting a tidy 3.41 ERA in 31 games in 2008. Jimenez last saw Major League action in 2011, posting a 5.40 ERA in eight appearances. Jimenez relies on a fastball and change-up repertoire, with a slider as his third most effective pitch.
Analysis: Much like the Zach Miner signing, this is a very low-risk signing that may have no impact on the club for 2013. Jimenez’s fastball sits around 90 MPH and his secondary pitches sitting near 80 MPH. Unfortunately, Jimenez is a control pitcher who has lacked control (a career 3.72 BB/9 IP across his career across all levels). Yet, the Phillies may have been willing to take a chance on Jimenez based on his strong Venezuelan Winter League peripherals (4.02 ERA, 12.43 K/9 IP, 1.77 BB/9 IP in 15.2 IP). Jimenez will likely help round out the IronPigs roster.