Dany Jimenez was an intriguing Rule V draftee by the Oakland A’s. Despite limited experience in the upper minors, his live arm and ability to miss bats gave him a chance to make an impact upon what appeared as though it would be a revamped bullpen. However, as the A’s continued to add pieces to their relief corps, his place on the roster became increasingly tenuous.
The inevitable happened on Monday. The A’s returned Jimenez to Toronto, where he will join their camp as a non-roster invitee.
Dany Jimenez sent back to Toronto Blue Jays once again
This is not the first time that Jimenez has been selected in the Rule V Draft, only to return to Toronto. The same happened last year, when he was taken by the Giants. At least he made two major league appearances for San Francisco before being returned.
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Those two games make up the entirety of his experience above Double-A. He recorded four outs, allowing a run on one hit and three walks before being returned. However, that live arm intrigued, with the A’s taking a chance on him. But once again, he struggled, as he allowed four runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks over his three innings. He did strike out three batters, but that was not enough.
Jimenez has produced intriguing numbers at the minor league level. He has posted a 3.43 ERA and a 1.127 WHiP over 197 minor league innings, striking out 257 batters with 71 walks. Jimenez did perform well in his first taste of Double-A action in 2019, but would have likely benefited from more time on the farm had the minor league season occurred last year.
It is possible that Jimenez will get another chance at the major league level sometime this year. The Blue Jays do have need of help in the bullpen, and his ability to miss bats could make him an interesting callup. But it is more likely that he will need time at Triple-A before that happens.
Dany Jimenez once appeared to have a place in the Oakland A’s bullpen. Instead, he is back with the Toronto Blue Jays, having been returned.