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Scott Pianowski

Ubaldo Jimenez, you're a big star now

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The scary thing about Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hitter Saturday is that it doesn't represent the best he can pitch. He's got three nasty pitches and he's clearly developed into one of the top-10 starters in the majors, no matter that he spends half of his time toiling in Coors Field. Whatever you paid for him on Draft Day, you're probably in line to make a significant profit in 2010.

Jimenez struggled with his control in the early innings at Atlanta, collecting six walks over the first five frames. But he found his best stride in the later innings and was dialing the fastball in the 98 mph range for the ninth. When he's at his best, you'll see a lot fewer walks and more than the seven strikeouts he collected here. But fantasy owners certainly aren't going to complain about the surprise gift Jimenez presented to them.

Jimenez needed 128 pitches to complete the gem, the highest total anyone's thrown this year. It will be interesting to see if there's any sort of carryover effect when he toes the rubber at Washington Thursday.

Say you were drafting from scratch tomorrow – what would your pitching draft board look like and how would Jimenez fit into the mix? Here's a quick glance at the big names as I currently see them. As always, offer your respectful disagreement in the comments.

$33 Tim Lincecum(notes)
$33 Roy Halladay(notes)
$31 Felix Hernandez(notes)
$28 Zack Greinke(notes)
$28 CC Sabathia(notes)
$28 Dan Haren(notes)
$27 Adam Wainwright(notes)
$27 Ubaldo Jimenez(notes)
$27 Johan Santana(notes)
$26 Justin Verlander(notes)
$25 Josh Johnson(notes)
$24 Ricky Nolasco(notes)
$24 Chris Carpenter(notes)
$23 Tommy Hanson(notes)
$23 Jon Lester(notes)
$22 Matt Cain(notes)
$21 Jered Weaver(notes)
$21 Yovani Gallardo(notes)
$21 Josh Beckett(notes)
$20 Matt Garza(notes)

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