Eloy Jimenez
Eloy Jimenez
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
60-Day IL
Injury Pectoral
Est. Return 8/3/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Most 23-year-olds in pro ball are toiling in Double-A, but Jimenez now has 730 PA at the big-league level under his belt before his 24th birthday. In that time, he has inflicted quite a bit of punishment on baseballs and avoided the dreaded sophomore slump in 2020. Jimenez has been an impatient hitter at the plate, but it is because he has supreme confidence in his abilities. If you want to find a fault in his game, the lack of walks and lack of steals would be it. The batting average, the power and the run production are all there, and the sky is the limit for where his numbers can end up. Remember, we have not had a complete season at the big-league level for Jimenez as the only things which have held him back are his June promotion in 2019 and the pandemic of 2020. If you want to pick a non-Mike Trout name for 2021 MVP, this is a good sleeper bet to win it. The tools are all there. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $43 million contract extension with the White Sox in March of 2019. Contract includes $16.5 million team option ($3 million buyout) for 2025 and $18.5 million team option ($3 million buyout) for 2026.
Cleared for baseball activites
OFChicago White Sox
Pectoral
June 14, 2021
Jimenez (pectoral) was cleared to begin participating in baseball activities at the White Sox's spring training complex.
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The young slugger has been sidelined all season after rupturing his left pectoral tendon in late March and subsequently undergoing surgery, and resuming baseball activities is the first major step toward his return to the diamond. Jimenez is expected to ramp up his rehab work over the next month at the spring training complex before potentially starting a rehab assignment, which could allow him to rejoin the White Six sometime in August if he can avoid any setbacks.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
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+8%
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+6%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .801 195 26 11 29 0 .267 .318 .483
Since 2019vs Right .867 524 68 34 91 0 .280 .323 .545
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .860 46 5 4 9 0 .289 .304 .556
2020vs Right .910 169 20 10 32 0 .299 .343 .567
2019vs Left .781 149 21 7 20 0 .259 .322 .459
2019vs Right .847 355 48 24 59 0 .270 .313 .535
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Since 2019Home .820 328 39 20 56 0 .262 .317 .503
Since 2019Away .870 402 56 25 64 0 .288 .323 .546
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2020Home .976 105 14 8 21 0 .313 .371 .604
2020Away .819 121 12 6 20 0 .282 .298 .521
2019Home .748 223 25 12 35 0 .238 .291 .456
2019Away .892 281 44 19 44 0 .290 .335 .557
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Rather than playing service-time games with their top prospect, the White Sox locked Jimenez into the Opening Day roster after inking him to an extension late in spring training. The 23-year-old was nagged by a hamstring injury early on and took some time to adjust to MLB pitching, but by the end of his rookie year, he looked like the premium power threat he had been billed as while moving through Chicago's system. Over the last two months, Jimenez sported a manageable 24.4 K% and hit .308 with a .917 OPS, which was a top-40 mark for all batters in that span. Entering his second season, Jimenez may need to improve on a weak 6.0 BB% to vault into the elite ranks of hitters, but his pedigree and late-2019 flurry will have many pegging him for a breakout. The positive buzz may push up Jimenez's cost as draft season rolls on, so his backers should be ready to invest at least a top-75 selection to secure him.
Jimenez will debut in April and has extreme upside in the four non-speed roto categories, making him worthy of a top-100 pick in redraft leagues. He improved after a promotion to Triple-A (157 wRC+ at Double-A, 179 wRC+ at Triple-A) while cutting his strikeout rate from 17.1% to 13.2%. The righty-hitting slugger slashed .327/.364/.570 against same-handed International League pitchers and almost a third of his hits (32.8%) went to the opposite field. Knee, pectoral, adductor and quadriceps injuries caused him to miss time in 2018 and he missed a third of 2017 with a variety of injuries, so durability is the only concern. He could be the best hitter in White Sox camp and will have a spot in the middle of the big-league lineup waiting for him once the team has secured an extra year of control by keeping him at Triple-A for a few weeks. Jimenez is the No. 2 prospect (behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr.) for redraft and dynasty leagues.
“If not now, when?” That was the Cubs’ explanation for dealing their remaining prospect gold for Jose Quintana in mid July. Jimenez, who headlined the White Sox’s return, seemingly embraced the same mantra, doing more damage with his bat than any other hitter in the minors after that trade. He hit .348/.405/.635 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles and a 37:17 K:BB in 195 plate appearances across stops at High-A and Double-A with his new organization. Unlike the game’s other elite outfield prospects, the chiseled 6-foot-4 Jimenez won’t be contributing with his legs, but profiles perfectly as a middle-of-the-order run producer. He has the raw power to string together 40-plus homer campaigns in his peak seasons, but in this era of widespread power, his potential to hit .290 or better might be just as appealing. With just 18 games under his belt at Double-A, Jimenez’s ETA is difficult to peg. He could be ready for the majors in July, but if the White Sox are disciplined enough to hold him down in a non-competitive season, they would gain an extra year of control.
The top international prospect in the 2013 international free agent class, Jimenez showed flashes of his potential with short-season Eugene in 2015. However, few could have seen him making this much progress between his age-18 and age-19 seasons. He led the pitcher-friendly Midwest League by a wide margin with a .901 OPS despite being 2.5 years younger than league average. Jimenez was raking when the weather was chilly in April and May and he kept raking all season long, even when most prospects hit a wall in July and August during their first exposure to a full-season league schedule. He continued to turn heads in the Arizona Fall League, where he became a Statcast darling due to some elite exit velocities. If someone wanted to nitpick Jimenez's offensive game, it would sound like this: "I kind of wish he walked a bit more as a 19-year-old." This is a top-10 dynasty league prospect with the potential to challenge for batting titles and hit 30-plus homers annually in the middle of one of baseball's best lineups.
The mere fact that he's even in the minors at his age says enough about Jimenez's potential. He was signed by the Cubs out of the Dominican Republic in 2013 as a 16-year-old pup, and he's already a veteran of two minor league seasons, covering more than 400 plate appearances. While his strikeout rate is a tad high, it's certainly not exorbitant and he did improve in that area (19.5-percent in 2014, 17.2-percent in 2015) for short-season Eugene last year. Understandably, he has a long way to go before he's patrolling the outfield at Wrigley, but seven home runs in 232 at-bats for Eugene as an 18-year-old bodes well for his future. Put simply, you could do worse than to throw a dart at Jimenez in a deep dynasty league.
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Goes to 60-day IL
OFChicago White Sox
Pectoral
April 1, 2021
The White Sox placed Jimenez (pectoral) on the 60-day injured list Thursday.
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Undergoes surgery
OFChicago White Sox
Pectoral
March 30, 2021
Jimenez underwent surgery on his ruptured left pectoral tendon Tuesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Could return in 4-to-5 months
OFChicago White Sox
Pectoral
March 29, 2021
Doctors confirmed Monday that Jimenez suffered a pectoral tear, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Out at least five months
OFChicago White Sox
Shoulder
March 25, 2021
Jimenez will miss five to six months after being diagnosed with a ruptured left pectoral tendon, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Could be facing extended absence
OFChicago White Sox
Shoulder
March 25, 2021
Jimenez could be out for most of the year with a torn pectoral, Jim Duquette of Sirius XM Radio reports.
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