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Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: ELOY JIMENEZ FORCING THE WHITE SOX'S HAND FOR PROMOTION

Yeah I would say he looks ready.  Anyone who has seen top Chicago White Sox outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez at any point so far in the 2018 Double-A season would make that easy conclusion as the 21-year-old is showing not only that there is big power on the way but also a beyond-advanced bat that should yield a string og .300-plus averages from the jump.  The main prize the White Sox received from the Chicago Cubs in the Jose Quintana deal, Jimenez has been so good that team brass have spoken publicly about how they may have to move his MLB arrival time up just a bit.  Originally thought of as a possible late-season candidate to be brought up, there are now whispers that Jimenez could get the call sometime in June or July.  The numbers certainly show he is ready as Jimenez sports the following line as of this writing:

.323
8 HR
31 RBI
23 R
0 SB
15.6 K/9
7.5 BB/9
.333 BABIP

The most obvious numbers here are the power and average as Jimenez already is a guy who looks like a 25-home run guy to go with a .300 average.  It is amazing to think that Jimenez is still just 21 and that he has a good 4-5 years to go before reaching his prime.  That means 30-plus home runs could very well be in his future with 80-plus RBI and runs given his good on-base percentages.  The on-base percentages are also helped along by Jimenez' very impressive contact rate for a young player as his 15.6 K/9 is incredibly low for someone his age.  While there is no speed to be had here, Jimenez is a future star who should not be on any waivers wires in the realm of fantasy baseball.  Look out because this is going to be a real show and it should be starting quite soon. 




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