Chicago White Sox: Eloy Jimenez starts off September right
Eloy Jimenez has been a mixed bag in his rookie season with the Chicago White Sox, but he has started off the month of September red hot.
The Chicago White Sox have seen Eloy Jimenez’s potential star power and they’ve seen him struggle as well.
To start the month of September, Jimenez has looked more like the player with elite potential. So far, in a very limited sample size, Jimenez is 5-for-13 (.384) with two homers, three RBI, and two runs scored.
Jimenez, 22, shined on Tuesday night in particular where he hit two homers against the Cleveland Indians to lead the White Sox to a 6-5 win.
Sure, any win is great, but when the team is led in the game by a budding star like Jimenez, it is that much more special for a franchise looking to make this season their last losing one for awhile.
On the year, he now has a .252/.300/.475 slash line with 24 home runs and 57 RBI to give himself a 103 OPS+.
That stat line is nowhere near great, but a strong month of September could definitely go a long way towards making that look much better going into the offseason.
Playing with no pressure of contending, Jimenez needs to just figure out how to make himself the best player possible entering the 2020 season.
As I previously mentioned a few days ago, Jimenez’s improvement needs are largely defensively and in regards to his lowly walk rate.
If he could improve both of those, Jimenez could likely find himself becoming a star in this league very quickly.
Seeing Jimenez improve in both these categories this month would go a long way in giving the organization confidence about his future and would almost certainly help himself gain the confidence needed to have a breakout season next year.
In the meantime, enjoy the ride of Eloy Jimenez and the Chicago White Sox over the last month.