White Sox: 5 Bold Predictions for 2019 Season

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GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 21: Eloy Jimenez #74 of the Chicago White Sox poses during MLB Photo Day on February 21, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

Eloy Jimenez Will Receive MVP Votes

The wait is finally over for Sox fans. Eloy Jimenez will make his major league debut on Opening Day against the Kansas City Royals. After signing a contract extension that could keep him with the Sox through 2026, Jimenez is ready to make his mark on the south side.

What can Sox fans expect from Jimenez this season? Well, that’s a hard question to answer because he hasn’t had a major league at-bat yet. However, the Sox front office feels as though he could become a superstar player as they offered him a record extension for a player with no MLB service time just this past weekend.

Could Jimenez win the American League Rookie of the Year Award? It’s a strong possibility. Especially if he gets off to a very good start and is able to make adjustments to how pitchers adjust to him after a few months in the Majors. What about getting some AL MVP votes? Now, that’s a stretch but isn’t entirely impossible.

The bold prediction for Jimenez in 2019 is that he does receive some MVP votes after this season. Not predicting he will finish second or third in MVP voting, but that he will get some votes for the award. Jimenez could be the spark plug this franchise needs for its current rebuild and if he’s able to get some MVP votes after this season, it will mean he had a great year for the Sox.