José Abreu and Tim Anderson were in the MVP conversation. All eyes were on Luis Robert’s rookie season. And all the while, Eloy Jiménez was quietly putting up one of the best offensive seasons in the American League.
It’s shocking, I know, Jiménez doing anything quietly.
But though he didn’t capture the biggest spotlight on his own team, someone noticed. Thursday, he won a Silver Slugger Award for his work at the plate in 2020. He’s the first White Sox outfielder to win a Silver Slugger since Carlos Quentin in 2008.
Jiménez ranked seventh in the AL with 14 home runs, eighth with a .559 slugging percentage, ninth with 63 hits and 41 RBIs, 11th with a .296 batting average and an .890 OPS and 13th with 14 doubles.
The season was a big step for Jiménez on the road to becoming the elite hitter the White Sox have long believed he will one day be.