White Sox MiLB Report: Eloy Jimenez Shaking Off Early Season Rust

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

White Sox top prospect shaking off the rust after a slow start with Double-A Birmingham Barons.

Chicago White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez missed the start of the 2018 season as he was recovering from an injury suffered at the end of March. Jimenez strained his left pectoral at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. while working out.

The fourth-ranked overall prospect according to mlbpipeline.com didn’t start his season until April 19 with Double-A Birmingham. Jimenez got off to a sluggish start, which should have been expected after a lengthy layoff. The 21-year-old went hitless in his first 10 at-bats.

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Although he didn’t record a hit through three games, Jimenez has been able to shake off his early season rust for the Barons. In his last 10 games, Jimenez is sporting a .302 batting average with two home runs and 11 RBIs for Birmingham. Jimenez currently has a .263/.290/.526 slash line with a .817 OPS.

While the Sox are struggling with a 9-20 start, Jimenez brief resurgence for Birmingham has to be exciting for many fans. The Barons lost their contest on Thursday to the Tennessee Smokies 8-5, but Jimenez went 2-for-5 with a double for Birmingham. Jimenez will continue to be followed closely by many Sox fans throughout the season as they anticipate his arrival to the majors.

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Another Sox prospect, Luis Alexander Basabe has been enjoying a nice start to his 2018 season. Basabe, who was acquired from the Red Sox as part of a trade for Chris Sale, is currently hitting .315 with three home runs for Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem. Basabe hit a three-run home run in Winston-Salem’s 5-3 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Thursday.

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Columbus Clippers 4-Charlotte Knights 2

Tennessee Smokies 8-Birmingham Barons 5

Winston-Salem Dash 5-Lynchburg Hillcats 3

Kannapolis Intimidators 7-Hickory Crawdads 5