Eloy Jimenez
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jimenez will debut in April and has extreme upside in the four non-speed roto categories, making him worthy of a top-100 pick in redraft leagues. He improved after a promotion to Triple-A (157 wRC+ at Double-A, 179 wRC+ at Triple-A) while cutting his strikeout rate from 17.1% to 13.2%. The righty-hitting slugger slashed .327/.364/.570 against same-handed International League pitchers and almost a third of his hits (32.8%) went to the opposite field. Knee, pectoral, adductor and quadriceps injuries caused him to miss time in 2018 and he missed a third of 2017 with a variety of injuries, so durability is the only concern. He could be the best hitter in White Sox camp and will have a spot in the middle of the big-league lineup waiting for him once the team has secured an extra year of control by keeping him at Triple-A for a few weeks. Jimenez is the No. 2 prospect (behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr.) for redraft and dynasty leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $43 million contract extension with the White Sox in March of 2019. Contract includes team options for 2025 and 2026.
Extended, Opening Day possible
OFChicago White Sox
March 20, 2019
Jimenez has agreed to a six-year extension with the White Sox that includes club options for a seventh and eighth year, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The deal should pay him between $40 million and $80 million, when factoring in incentives and the two club options, Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital reports.
This extension, which is pending a physical, means the White Sox have nothing to lose by having Jimenez on the Opening Day roster, which now seems like a forgone conclusion. We already expected Jimenez to be up in mid April, but now prospective fantasy managers can bank on an extra two weeks worth of at-bats. He should slot into the middle of the order from day one.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
“If not now, when?” That was the Cubs’ explanation for dealing their remaining prospect gold for Jose Quintana in mid July. Jimenez, who headlined the White Sox’s return, seemingly embraced the same mantra, doing more damage with his bat than any other hitter in the minors after that trade. He hit .348/.405/.635 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles and a 37:17 K:BB in 195 plate appearances across stops at High-A and Double-A with his new organization. Unlike the game’s other elite outfield prospects, the chiseled 6-foot-4 Jimenez won’t be contributing with his legs, but profiles perfectly as a middle-of-the-order run producer. He has the raw power to string together 40-plus homer campaigns in his peak seasons, but in this era of widespread power, his potential to hit .290 or better might be just as appealing. With just 18 games under his belt at Double-A, Jimenez’s ETA is difficult to peg. He could be ready for the majors in July, but if the White Sox are disciplined enough to hold him down in a non-competitive season, they would gain an extra year of control.
The top international prospect in the 2013 international free agent class, Jimenez showed flashes of his potential with short-season Eugene in 2015. However, few could have seen him making this much progress between his age-18 and age-19 seasons. He led the pitcher-friendly Midwest League by a wide margin with a .901 OPS despite being 2.5 years younger than league average. Jimenez was raking when the weather was chilly in April and May and he kept raking all season long, even when most prospects hit a wall in July and August during their first exposure to a full-season league schedule. He continued to turn heads in the Arizona Fall League, where he became a Statcast darling due to some elite exit velocities. If someone wanted to nitpick Jimenez's offensive game, it would sound like this: "I kind of wish he walked a bit more as a 19-year-old." This is a top-10 dynasty league prospect with the potential to challenge for batting titles and hit 30-plus homers annually in the middle of one of baseball's best lineups.
The mere fact that he's even in the minors at his age says enough about Jimenez's potential. He was signed by the Cubs out of the Dominican Republic in 2013 as a 16-year-old pup, and he's already a veteran of two minor league seasons, covering more than 400 plate appearances. While his strikeout rate is a tad high, it's certainly not exorbitant and he did improve in that area (19.5-percent in 2014, 17.2-percent in 2015) for short-season Eugene last year. Understandably, he has a long way to go before he's patrolling the outfield at Wrigley, but seven home runs in 232 at-bats for Eugene as an 18-year-old bodes well for his future. Put simply, you could do worse than to throw a dart at Jimenez in a deep dynasty league.
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Optioned to Triple-A
OFChicago White Sox
March 13, 2019
Jimenez was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
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Swats first spring homer
OFChicago White Sox
March 5, 2019
Jimenez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's game against the Padres.
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Batting cleanup in spring opener
OFChicago White Sox
February 23, 2019
Jimenez (quadriceps) will start in left field and bat cleanup in the White Sox's Cactus League opener Saturday against the Dodgers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Expected to start in minors
OFChicago White Sox
February 11, 2019
Jimenez (quadriceps) will make his MLB debut this season, but is not expected to start the season in Chicago, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Resting until spring training
OFChicago White Sox
December 16, 2018
Jimenez (quadriceps) will be shut down until the start of spring training, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
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