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A few years ago, Ubaldo Jimenez was touted by Rockies scouts for his live arm and great control at a young age.  He was drafted as a 17-year-old in 2001, and made an impression right away by K'ing 65 batters in only 62 IP.  He followed that up by winning 10 games and striking out 138 in 152 innings.

Ubaldo Jimenez

He might have made it into the bigs a lot sooner had a right shoulder strain not knocked him out in 2004 only a few pitches into the season.  After rehabbing his way back, Jimenez finally got the call in August to join the big league team and take Jason Hirsh's spot.  He hit a few road bumps but pitched great to end the season and join the playoff roster.

 

For those who haven't seen this kid pitch, he's the real deal.  High 90's (touching 100 mph at times), great changeup, but best of all he's fearless.  He'll throw strikes and challenge hitters.

I think he'll keep the Sox bats off balance tonight and send his club home with a split.  He'll make headlines tomorrow morning.

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