White Sox: Is It Time for Eloy Jimenez to Get Promoted to Triple-A?

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

White Sox top prospect succeeding with Double-A Birmingham as he was named Southern League Player of the Week. Is he ready for a promotion to Triple-A?

Eloy Jimenez, the Chicago White Sox top prospect has enjoyed success early this season for Double-A Birmingham. His slow start to the season has accelerated over the past few weeks as he is hitting .400 in his last 10 games.

The fourth-ranked overall top prospect according to mlbpipeline.com didn’t start his season until April 19 as he was recovering from an injury. After a slow start with the Barons, however, Jimenez has started to heat up at the plate for Birmingham. Through 18 games played thus far, Jimenez owns a slash line of .324/.350/.649 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

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Last season in 18 games with the Barons, Jimenez hit .353 with three home runs and seven RBIs. Although he’s succeeding with Birmingham, Jimenez has yet to appear in 50 or more games with the Barons. A promotion to Triple-A could be premature, at this point, but Jimenez could also be closer to playing with Charlotte than many of us may think.

The Sox aren’t going to rush Jimenez, much like their other top prospects. But if he’s continuing to rake while with the Barons, he should get some more time to develop in Triple-A with the Knights soon. Currently, Jimenez is tied for fourth in the Southern League with 20 RBIs, one behind fellow Barons teammate Seby Zavala who has 21 RBIs.

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In the Barons 9-6 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Monday, Jimenez went 2-for-5 with an RBI double. Jimenez was also able to extend his hitting streak to 11 games with his effort against Pensacola. The 21-year-old might be ready for the next level at Triple-A, but it could be another month or so before he’s playing with the Knights. Until then, Sox fans will have to keep following the Barons for more highlights from Jimenez this season.