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White Sox prospect Jake Burger, last year's first-round pick, will miss the season with a ruptured Achilles

White Sox prospect Jake Burger, last year's first-round pick, will miss the season with a ruptured Achilles

The White Sox first-round pick in the 2017 draft won't play during the 2018 season.

The team announced Tuesday morning that Jake Burger will miss the entirety of the upcoming campaign after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon in Monday's spring training game.

Burger went down while running to first base and needed to be carted off the field. Shortly thereafter, the team announced he had an Achilles injury. Tuesday's update confirmed what many feared and suspected after watching the non-contact injury.

After the White Sox spent the No. 11 overall pick in last summer's draft on Burger, there were high hopes for the slugging third baseman. He hit 43 home runs over his final two seasons at Missouri State, and he played 47 games at Class A Kannapolis, slashing .271/.335/.409 with four homers and 27 RBIs in 181 at-bats.

While Burger's big bat and big frame had fans speculating that he would one day shift over to first base, the White Sox envision him as a major league third baseman. If that's the case, it would fill a hole on that dreamed-of team of the future, as no other of the White Sox highly rated prospects play that position.

But this injury generates some more questions: Will it force Burger into a position switch? How much will missing the upcoming season affect his prospects of joining the White Sox when they hope to be a perennial contender? Will a delay in their third baseman of the future's development make the White Sox more likely to spend on a big free agent like Manny Machado or Nolan Arenado in the coming offseasons?

Those are all wait-and-see questions. For now, it's just tough news for a young player.

Eloy Jimenez gets rave review from Yankees All Star: 'He can be a star for all of MLB'

Eloy Jimenez gets rave review from Yankees All Star: 'He can be a star for all of MLB'

The temperature is rising on the South Side, and if you look outside, you know it has nothing to do with Mother Nature.

Instead, it’s a heat wave coming from a fresh-faced 22-year-old slugger who’s crushing baseballs, igniting a fan base and screaming “Hi Mom!” to his actual mother whenever he spots a TV camera with its red light on.

Eloy Jimenez has arrived with the White Sox, and according to a New York Yankees All Star who has known him for years, the best is yet to come.

“Not this year, but next year, he’s going to be even better,” infielder Gleyber Torres said about Jimenez.

The two of them were signed by that team across town in 2013 when they were both 16 years old. They were practically inseparable back then, and they remain tight to this day.

“I talk with Gleyber pretty much every single day now. He’s kind of like my brother,” Jimenez said. “We haven’t lost that communication, and I think that’s good for us.”

Torres echoed similar thoughts about Jimenez.

“In my first couple years with the Cubs, he was my roommate every day. We’ve got a really good relationship. We’re like brothers. We are really good friends,” Torres said. “I’m just happy to see what he’s doing right now.”

Which, lately, has been just about everything.

There was that majestic home run Jimenez belted on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals that landed on the center field concourse at Guaranteed Rate Field, the two walks the next day when the Yankees decided to pitch around Jimenez as if he was a perennial All Star, and then the two-homer game on Friday: The first one gave the White Sox the lead, the second stuck a dagger into the Yankees, as well as the heart of his longtime friend.

“For sure, I didn’t like it,” Torres said with a smile about Jimenez’s two-homer, six-RBI game. “I’m not surprised. I knew Eloy before he signed with the Cubs out of the Dominican. He’s a big dude. The power is coming every day.”

How good can Jimenez be? Torres, who plays on a star-studded team with Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius, sees Jimenez reaching the same stratosphere.

“He can be a star for all of MLB. He’s just a young guy right now, but when he matures a little more, he can do everything.”

Jimenez is turning up the heat in Chicago, and it’s not even summer yet.

The South Side can’t wait for the sizzle to come.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy is coming? No. Eloy is here!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy is coming? No. Eloy is here!

Eloy Jimenez has arrived.

His rookie season has become special with big games and big moments, the latest being his two-homer, six RBI game against the Yankees. Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the magic of Eloy (1:30). Chuck interviews Jimenez after the game (6:20), Lucas Giolito is the first 10-game winner in baseball. Let that sink in (8:00). Die-hard White Sox fan Frank Kaminsky rips Cubs fans (13:00) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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