The White Sox really have something in Eloy Jimenez. This is a player that along with Moncada, has the opportunity to grow into one of the best power hitters on planet Earth. He is absolutely mashing the ball regularly and he is just a rookie. He has the same number of home runs as Moncada with 16, but with 85 fewer plate appearances. Moncada is a better pure hitter right now but Eloy has more power than any White Sox rookie to come through since Jose Abreu and he might even have more than him too.
There is no reason to think that Eloy doesn’t have the potential to go on to break Frank Thomas‘ franchise home run record. He missed a month due to injury and before that, it took him a couple of weeks to finally break through and get his first. But once he got his first, he got his second in the same game and it was off to the races from there.
We are expecting a monster second half from Jimenez. He is on pace to hit 30 home runs, which would be incredible for a rookie that hasn’t played a single Major League game until this year. He is for sure one of the brightest players on this team and watching him bud into a star is really fun for all White Sox fans. If he has a great second half, this is the kind of guy who has the talent to be a game breaker.
If he puts up monster home run numbers, gets that average of .241 up a little bit more, and plays some sound defense, this is the type of player that can really impact whether or not you win or lose baseball games. I would think that if healthy, this is the last year that he will be absent from the All-Star game for a while.