There's plenty of hype surrounding Eloy Jimenez and he isn't shying away from putting high expectations on himself either.
The outfield prospect sat down with NBC Sports Chicago's Chuck Garfien for a one-on-one interview and talked about some of his expectations for 2019.
"Win the Rookie of the Year, that's one of my goals," Jimenez said in the video above.
He's one of the top rated prospects in the game and just mashed the ball in Double-A and Triple-A in 2018. The next step is for him to get the call-up and produce in the majors. He may not be on the Opening Day roster, but also isn't expected to have to wait long to join the White Sox.
"I believe it," Jimenez said. "I believe in me and I have confidence in me and I'm gonna do it."
Speaking before the opening ceremonies at SoxFest, general manager Rick Hahn was asked about Jimenez. Hahn, of course, was more measured in his answer. He warned that the adjustment to the majors may not come as easy as it has for Jimenez as he has moved up the minors. That said, Hahn still put plenty of praise on the 22-year-old.
"We think the world of Eloy," Hahn said. "We think the world of his future. Obviously still extremely young and is going to have to take that next step at the big league level. Based upon what we've seen from other players, it's not always going to be smooth. There's going to be some setbacks. There's going to be some hardship and some developmental hiccups along the way. But in terms of a guy that has a very strong likelihood of being a premium talent on a championship caliber team for a long time, Eloy is on that list for sure."