The Chicago White Sox rookie is having a really good rookie campaign and shows every day why he is a star in the making for the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox won a very entertaining game over the Houston Astros who by all accounts, are heavy World Series favorites. It was a very good sight. The highlight of the game was James McCann hitting a grand slam in the eighth inning, which would ultimately put the Sox ahead for good. It overlooked a pretty impressive milestone that was reached by another member of the White Sox.
Eloy Jimenez hit his 20th home run of the season in the win. It gave the White Sox a two-run cushion before Jose Altuve tied it with a blast of his own, but what is impressive is that he reached 20 home runs in his rookie season with over a month left to play still. He also had two stints on the injured list, which could be what keeps him from breaking Jose Abreu‘s rookie record for the White Sox.
It is an impressive milestone because he is still having a season that is typical for a rookie slugger outside of the home runs. His batting average is only .237, yet he has still been able to be a game-breaker at times with the long ball. Once he starts hitting for contact a little more, he will be more of a well-rounded hitter and that should help even with his home run game if you can believe it.
Every time Eloy hits a home run now, it adds to his already impressive total and makes everyone even more excited for what is to come. When he reaches his prime, he could easily be a regular 40 home run man and a guy that will be a major threat in the middle of the White Sox lineup. You saw the step Yoan Moncada took after a full year in the league with a low batting average, and the same should happen to Eloy and possibly even better.
This winter is important for Eloy as he tries to be better at laying off ugly pitches as well as getting on base when a home run isn’t available more often. This is a future super-star and White Sox fans should be very excited about him and what he will bring to the table.