It appears Eloy Jimenez is heating up.
The White Sox rookie outfielder didn’t get off to a great start this season, but he showed flashes of his potential. Then, he went down with injury and missed more than three weeks.
After going 0-for-7 in his first two games back from injury, Jimenez broke out with two home runs on Wednesday. He followed that up with another bomb on Thursday in a 4-0 win in Houston.
The fact that Jimenez stringing home runs together wasn't the big story of the game is a testament to Lucas Giolito's impressive outing on the mound.
Jimenez now has as many home runs in the four games since coming back from injury (3) as he had in his first 21 games before going down. That’s far too small of a sample size to say the time off did anything productive for Jimenez, but the 22-year-old is showing the power he was known for in the minors.
Overall, Jimenez is hitting .234/.280/.447. The average and on-base percentage are lower than expected considering he was a career .311 hitter in the minors. However, eight of his 22 hits in the majors have gone for extra bases, with six of those being home runs.
Thursday’s home run went 414 feet after he blasted shots of 419 and 417 feet the night before.
Eloy Jiménez home runs— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 24, 2019
4/12 at NYY 108.6 MPH 425'
4/12 at NYY 111.0 MPH 446'
4/18 at DET 102.4 MPH 378'
5/22 at HOU 106.2 MPH 419'
5/22 at HOU 109.9 MPH 427'
5/23 at HOU 112.5 MPH 414' #WhiteSox
He also had some fun with the camera in the dugout and then had some fun in the field by celebrating a diving catch with a laugh.
No one is safe. pic.twitter.com/IZAkrCBmbb— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 24, 2019
Eloy was as happy as we were that he made that grab 😂 pic.twitter.com/sOEWOiJHf1— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 24, 2019