White Sox MiLB Report: Eloy Jimenez Forcing The Issue for Promotion
White Sox top prospect continues to force the issue of promotion to the Majors as he had another solid day at the plate for Triple-A Charlotte.
Chicago White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez should be in the Majors right now. He’s ready and he continues to show why he’s one of the top prospects in MLB. Jimenez had another great day at the plate on Thursday but still hasn’t been promoted.
In his last 10 games for Triple-A Charlotte, Jimenez is hitting .415 with four home runs and eight RBI’s. In the Knights two shortened contests on Thursday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Jimenez collected three total hits. In the second game on Thursday, Jimenez went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.
The Sox have remained patient with calling up top prospects throughout this rebuild, but Jimenez doesn’t appear to have much left to prove in the minors currently. In 22 games with Charlotte, Jimenez has an incredible slash line of .354/.398/646 with an OPS of 1.044 to go along with six home runs.
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There’s hope that Jimenez could be promoted after the non-waiver trading deadline on July 31. However, it could still be a long shot as the Sox could wait until rosters expand in September before promoting Jimenez. Unfortunately for Sox fans, they will have to wait.
Another top prospect that could be ready for the Majors also had a good day for the Knights on Thursday. Michael Kopech pitched five strong innings for the Knights in their 8-2 win over the RailRiders. Kopech allowed just two earned runs, but no walks and recorded four strikeouts in five innings pitched.
After struggling in early-June, Kopech has started to turn his season around for the Knights. Kopech has only allowed two walks in his last three starts along with giving up four earned runs in that span. Kopech could also be promoted after the trading deadline, but similar to Jimenez, the Sox might also wait until September to call up the right-handed pitcher.
Click links below for box scores:
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5-Charlotte Knights 4 (resumed from 07/24)
Charlotte Knights 8-Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders 2 F/7
Tennessee Smokies 7-Birmingham Barons 2
Frederick Keys 6-Winston-Salem Dash 1
Kannapolis Intimidators 2-West Virginia Power 1 F/7 (resumed from 07/24)
Kannapolis Intimidators 3-West Virginia Power F/7
Helena Brewers 5-Great Falls Voyagers 2
AZL Indians (1) 11-AZL White Sox 2