Last year on July 13th the White Sox did what many thought was unthinkable and made a trade with the Chicago Cubs, sending the king of no-decisions Jose Quintana to the Cubs in exchange for multiple minor league assets. The key piece in return: Eloy Jimenez (Sorry Dylan Cease).
Who is Eloy Jimenez? For those of you that don’t know, Eloy was signed by the Chicago Cubs in 2013 when he was the Number 1 International Prospect at the age of 16. He is currently ranked the number 4 overall prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, and has made it very clear that he wishes to play with the big league club this year. He has also been quoted saying the White Sox are “Going to win a lot of World Series” in the very near future. That kind of confidence along with his already incredibly high ceiling is what is going to make Eloy an absolute joy to watch.
After dealing with a knee injury that has kept him out of most of the action this spring, Eloy didn’t want to miss an opportunity on Saturday to face his former club and give them a taste of what they will be missing in the very near future. Reports began to surface last Thursday that Eloy was lobbying Rick Renteria to let him into the lineup for the Saturday match-up against the Cubs. While Eloy didn’t get the start, he managed to make a pinch hit opportunity in the 9th inning worth it:
Eloy Jimenez going deep!! First of many HRs to come in a White Sox uniform. I love Quintana, but thanks Cubs. WGN-TV. pic.twitter.com/EoX9AGSfBM
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) March 10, 2018
When the game was over and he was asked about his late inning heroics, Eloy humbly replied “The best is yet to come.”
We’ll believe him because on Sunday Eloy was back mashing baseballs out of the park.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 11, 2018
Not a bad way back up what you say, and anyone that focused on making the Cubs pay should be welcomed with open arms on the South Side.
While Eloy is likely headed to AA or AAA after Spring Training, it won’t be long before he will be a mainstay in the middle White Sox line-up especially if he continues to hit baseballs like that. When he’s here, he will be one of your favorites to watch.
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