In case you missed it, and how could you, Eloy Jiménez hit his first – and second – Major League home run Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Here is the Statcast information on the pair of blasts:
108.6 MPH exit velocity
Distance: 425' Launch angle: 23°
111.0 MPH exit velocity
Distance: 446' Launch angle 24°
His two home runs averaged 435.5 feet, which is 100.5 feet further than Aaron Judge’s home run on Saturday afternoon.
- He is the first White Sox player since Abreu on 4/8/2014 at Coors Field to hit his first two career home runs in the same game.
- He is the first White Sox player with six multi-hit games in first 12 career MLB games since Craig Wilson (8) in 1998
In addition to that, Jiménez found himself on a number of fun historic lists.
Jiménez is the sixth White Sox player since 1960 to hit his first career MLB home run at Yankee Stadium (new or old). Each of the last three times a Sox player did it, the game was shortened by rain.
Eloy Jiménez, 4/12/2019 – 7-inning rain-shortened game
Miguel Olivo, 9/15/2002 – 6-inning rain-shortened game (Olivo’s first career plate appearance)
Lance Johnson, 7/12/1990 – 7-inning rain-shortened game (Melido Perez pitched an unofficial no-hitter)
Bill Melton, 9/11/1968
Tommy John, 9/25/1965 (yes, that Tommy John)
Brian McCall, 9/30/1962
Speaking of rain-shortened games…
White Sox players to hit multiple home runs in a game shorter than nine innings
Eloy Jiménez, 4/12/2019
He’s the only one in franchise history. Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for research assistance.
Jiménez is the fifth youngest player in White Sox history to hit multiple home runs in a game, and the youngest since Hall of Famer Harold Baines.
Brian McCall, 19 years, 248 days, 9/30/1962
Carlos May, 20 y, 327 d, 4/9/1969
Carlos May, 20 y, 334 d, 4/16/1969
Harold Baines, 21 y, 176 d, 9/7/1980
Chet Lemon, 22 y, 112 d, 6/4/1977
Eloy Jiménez, 22 y, 136 d, 4/12/2019
Jiménez is the fifth player to hit his first two career home runs as a visitor at Yankee Stadium (new or old); the first since Manny Ramírez! The second White Sox player to do so. The first to do it before September.
Jess Doyle, Tigers, 9/28/1925
Brian McCall, White Sox, 9/30/1962
Luis Medina, Indians, 9/7/1988 – both off the aforementioned Tommy John
Manny Ramírez, Indians, 9/3/1993
Eloy Jiménez, White Sox, 4/12/2019
Jiménez is the seventh player in White Sox history with a multi-HR game within his first 12 career MLB games.
Eloy Jiménez. Game 12, Yankee Stadium, 4/12/2019
José Abreu, Game 10, U.S. Cellular Field, 4/10/2014
José Abreu, Game 8, Coors Field, 4/8/2014
Brian Anderson, Game 5, Safeco Field, 8/26/2005
Brian Simmons, Game 4, Kauffman Stadium, 9/26/1998
Craig Wilson, Game 6, Tiger Stadium, 9/14/1998
Brian McCall, Game 4, Yankee Stadium, 9/30/1962
Zeke Bonura, Game 2, Comiskey Park, 4/18/1934
Each of Jiménez’s first 11 career MLB hits were singles. Since then, three of his four hits have been of the extra-base variety, beginning with a double against the Rays on Wednesday and concluding with his pair of home runs in the Bronx. He concluded his series against the Yankees with his first career multi-walk game.
He entered the weekend series with a slash line of .279/.326/.302 and exits at .288/.351/.423. He returns to Guaranteed Rate Field where he is 8-for-23 (.348). The Royals are starting righthander Heath Fillmyer, and Jiménez is off to a blistering 13-for-33 (.394) start against righties. Hopefully both trends continue.