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Friday, June 22, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: ELOY JIMENEZ OUTFIELDER CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Already front-and-center in the consciousness of the fantasy baseball prospect hounds, there was another rush of excitement when it came to Chicago White Sox 21-year-old outfield gem Eloy Jimenez as he was promoted to Triple-A Thursday.  That means Jimenez is just one tantalizing step away from reaching the major leagues where he is universally considered to be a major star-in-the-making given the vast talent he brings to the table.  Jimenez has certainly shown that talent this season at Double-A where he smacked 10 home runs, scored 36, drove in 42, and batted .317.  With Jimenez putting forth very good strikeout rates for a young hitter (17.1 K/9) and drawing enough walks to help further with the average (7.9 BB/9), the kid looks ready NOW to be a help both to the White Sox and his fantasy baseball owners.  As far as the potential timeline for when he could debut, it is likely we are looking at an August 1st scenario like with what the New York Mets did with their top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario a year ago.  The White Sox will likely be dumping a lot of player at or before the July 31 trade deadline and that alone should open up a spot for Jimenez.  Add in the fact the Washington Nationals are already getting a major boost from 19-year-old outfielder Juan Soto and there should be no hesitation for the White Sox to give him a look at some point.  All in all, Jimenez should be owned in all competitive fantasy baseball leagues and held as long as it gets for his arrival which hopefully will be soon enough.


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