White Sox MiLB Report: Eloy Jimenez Set for 2018 Debut With Birmingham

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Eloy Jimenez
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Eloy Jimenez /

White Sox top outfield prospect set to make his season debut with Double-A Birmingham after being delayed due to injury.

The Chicago White Sox announced on Wednesday that Eloy Jimenez, the number four overall top prospect in MLB, will return to action with Double-A Birmingham. Jimenez missed the start of the regular season as he was recovering from a mild pectoral strain.

This past spring training, Jimenez appeared in only four games with the team. The 21-year-old was held out of action due to a hamstring injury but made an impressive return back in a pinch-hit opportunity against the Chicago Cubs. Jimenez reportedly asked manager Rick Renteria to come into the game against his former team.

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Last season, Jimenez got off to a hot start when he joined the Sox via trade from the Cubs. Jimenez ended his season with the Barons after an impressive stint with Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem. Jimenez will surely get more time develop with Birmingham this season. With Jimenez joining the Barons on Wednesday, 2012 first-round draft pick Courtney Hawkins was released.

While Sox fans will look forward to seeing Jimenez make his debut with Birmingham on Thursday, they might want to also pay attention to Winston-Salem. The Dash had a big 14-4 victory on Wednesday over the Down East Wood Ducks.

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The Dash recorded 18 total hits over Down East with Blake Rutherford and Micker Adolfo recording three hits each. Rutherford is currently hitting .357 on the year while Adolfo is hitting .364. While the Dash offense had a solid day, Dylan Cease had a nice outing as he pitched five innings while allowing four earned runs and recording six strikeouts.

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Charlotte Knights 9-Rochester Red Wings 2

Jackson Generals 8-Birmingham Barons 1

Winston-Salem Dash 14-Down East Wood Ducks 4

Augusta GreenJackets 5-Kannapolis Intimidators 1