Ubaldo Jiménez turned in an impressive performance Wednesday against a star-studded Blue Jays lineup.
The 29-year-old righty went six innings allowing one run on three hits—including a home run—and two walks while striking out six (per Clevelandindians.com).
Jiménez was on point all game and threw 64 of his 103 pitches—62 percent—for strikes.
Aside from his control, what was telling of Jiménez's impending success was his velocity.
According to Brooks Baseball's Pitch f/x tool, Jiménez's fastball averaged 93.02 mph on Wednesday.
Last year in April, Jiménez fastball was averaging 92.79 mph.
It may not seem like that big of a jump, but it's still important.
By June of 2012, Jiménez's fastball was averaging 93.83 mph, a jump of 1.04 mph from the start of last season.
Using that same jump in velocity this season would give Jiménez an average fastball velocity of 94.06 mph by June.
That 94.06 mph average velocity would represent the highest velocity for Jiménez since July of 2011 (94.78 mph).
While 94 mph is a far cry from the 96.57 mph Jiménez averaged over his banner season in 2010, it shows that the young right-hander is taking a step in the right direction toward regaining his former dominance.
All Pitchf/x data in this slide courtesy of Brooksbaseball.net.