Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox prospect who homered on Friday after predicting one earlier in the day, knows exactly what he wants out of his career.
Pretty standard stuff really.
“Honestly, all that I want is to reach the Majors and be an elite player, one of the best of the best,” Jimenez said through an interpreter on Friday afternoon.
If he finds a way to maintain the pace he’s on, Jimenez should achieve his lofty goal. The performance of the No. 7 prospect in baseball has been nothing short of amazing since the Cubs traded him to the White Sox in the July 13 deal for Jose Quintana. Though he was only acquired 3.5 weeks ago, Jimenez was named the White Sox co-minor league player of the month for July.
In 22 games at Advanced-A Winston-Salem, Jimenez is hitting .354/.420/.671 with eight doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI. He’s performed well enough to merit strong consideration for a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, one that could come any day.
“Eloy has done everything we’ve asked of him since he arrived in the organization,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “You’re getting to the point in the year where guys have had success at a certain level, and you project where they’re going to be next season to start the season. You have that internal debate: Do you let them finish the successful year at the level they have been at all year or do you give them a taste where they’re going to start at next season, so they can get that acclimation process out of the way before the start of the ’18 season? Eloy is in that mix of guys we’ve had that conversation about.”
Jimenez said he initially felt sad after he was traded before he realized the opportunity he has with the White Sox. The 20-year-old instantly felt welcomed by his Winston-Salem teammates and looks at the trade as motivation.
“When the trade happened, you are not expecting them,” Jimenez said. “But then you have to realize, you have to analyze all the situations and all the options. And then once I did it, I realized ‘Ok, this is the best for me. Maybe I can be in the fast track here to reach my dream to play in the majors.’ And that was the way that I took it.”
MLBPipeline.com projects Jimenez will arrive in the majors in 2019. He’d love to be playing for the White Sox even sooner and has his mind set on that goal. Well, that and being an elite player, a level he believes he can attain after playing in consecutive All-Star Futures Games.
“That’s why I’m working,” Jimenez said. “That’s why I try to do my best and try to hustle every time here because I know that I can be that kind of player and that’s my goal — be an elite player in the majors.”