White Sox top prospect continues to make Triple-A look easy while waiting for his promotion to the major league team.
Chicago White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez appears ready for the major leagues. After another impressive series with Triple-A Charlotte, Jimenez continues to wait for his much-anticipated promotion to the Sox.
With the Knights taking two out of three games on the road against the Pawtucket Red Sox, Jimenez had a big weekend in Triple-A. Over the three-game series, Jimenez had a hit in each contest including three hits this past Friday and on Sunday.
Jimenez has been good as advertised since being promoted to Triple-A, but the Sox are remaining patient in regards to calling him up to the Majors. Many Sox fans are clamoring for Jimenez to join the team soon, but it doesn’t appear he will be in a Sox uniform this week. Despite Jimenez having an impressive slash line of .383/.422/.691, the Sox front office isn’t in a rush to promote him.
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While many Sox fans would like to see Jimenez called up, the Sox might have some merit on being patient with his promotion. Jimenez has only appeared in 78 total games this season with Double-A Birmingham and with Charlotte. Although he’s had success with the Barons and is doing well with the Knights, Jimenez has been on the disabled list twice this year with various injuries.
With Sox general manager Rick Hahn stating last Friday that there are still boxes for Jimenez to check in order to be promoted, his durability could be one of those unchecked boxes.
Jimenez has also been playing more games in left field than in right field this season. While his hitting has been stellar, his outfield defense could use more improvement. Jimenez could eventually find himself as a first baseman or designated hitter later in his major league career. He has yet to make an error in left field this season, and the Sox might want to see more of his defense in the outfield before promoting him.
When discussing the timeframe of the Sox promoting Jimenez, some fans think its best for the organization to wait until mid-April 2019 to call-up the young slugger. This would give the Sox another year of service time for Jimenez. However, that wouldn’t help this team evaluate the roster before an important offseason this year.
The best scenario in regards to when the Sox should promote Jimenez is mid-August or September when rosters expand. This allows Jimenez to get more at-bats in Charlotte and to prove he’s durable enough to finish the season. Although he appears ready now, Jimenez will have to wait just a little longer before making his major league debut. Hopefully its sooner than later for the Sox.