Johendi Jiminian bio
Player: Johendi Jiminian
Jersey Number: 33
School: Boca Chica (DSL)
Hometown: Nagua, Dominican Republic
Height, Weight: 6-1, 160
Best Baseball Memory: My season in 2011.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Signing with the Colorado Rockies.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Albert Pujols because he’s a good hitter and a very genuine guy.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My parents, because they inspire me to be the best player and person I can be.
Favorite Food: Chicken, rice, beans.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Juice and fruit.
Off-field hobbies: Watch TV, talk to family in the Dominican, and learn English with my teammates.
Favorite Movie or Book: Movie: “The Fast and the Furious 5”
What makes Johendi Jiminian a scary pitching prospect — in a good way — is not just his ability to whip a 96 mph fastball. The 19-year-old reportedly has a steel trap for a mind.
“You would be shocked at how polished he is at such a young age,” Rockies pitching coach Ryan Kibler said. “He takes information and remembers it for the most part. What he said in an interview the other day was dead on to what we’ve been preaching to him.”
Which has been?
“Use his fastball, get ahead of hitters and throw strikes,” Kibler said. “Throw your fastball down in the strike zone, pitch to contact, and take his game to the hitters.”
Jiminian started 14 games for Boca Chica in the Dominican Summer League in 2011, finishing 6-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 68 innings.
He had 47 strikeouts to 23 walks.
Signed as a free agent in 2010, Jiminian is a typical teenager — slender, a bit shy, braces gleaming with his smile.
He said he spent his first couple of days in Grand Junction sleeping and watching TV.
And now it’s time to go to work.
On his first day at Suplizio Field, Jiminian, like many other Rockies pitchers, noticed the 302-foot sign on the left-field wall. But Jiminian would not concede it is a hitter’s ballpark.
“I feel like it doesn’t matter,” he said. “You have to pitch well no matter where you’re at.”
And perhaps that’s part of the polished mental aptitude Kibler was speaking of.
Jiminian listens. And he is all in.
“I’m impressed how it’s sounded like he bought into what we’ve been peaching at such a young age,” Kibler said.
And for Jiminian, the tool shed is stacked. But as with most teenagers, the tools are raw.
“He can throw the fastball in and out,” Kibler said, “throw the curveball for strikes. He’s working on the changeup. With his fastball so hard, we need to get his changeup to slow down.”