Chicago White Sox: Eloy Jimenez reaches 30 home runs in rookie season
The Chicago White Sox have a superstar in Eloy Jimenez. We knew it before he even stepped on a Major League field, and now it is confirmed.
The Chicago White Sox are really loving what they are seeing in Eloy Jimenez. They knew what he could develop into when they acquired him in 2017 from the Chicago Cubs, and he is just now scratching the surface of his potential. He is a game-breaking hitter for the White Sox and he is going to be for a long time.
The White Sox were defeated on Sunday 6-3 by the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are terrible and it would have been nice to see the White Sox sweep them but taking the series 2-1 is what they will settle for. The story of the game was Jimenez, who hit his 30th home run of the season. He becomes just the 19th rookie in Major League history to reach that plateau.
Of those 19 rookies in MLB history to hit 30 home runs, Jimenez is the third White Sox slugger along with Jose Abreu and Ron Kittle. The home run extended his hitting streak to 13 games which have him firmly in the discussion for American League rookie of the year. He has had an incredible first year and that comes with two extended periods of time with him on the injured list.
Jimenez is a major part of the White Sox future so whether or not he wins the award, the team will view this as a really good first year for him. He has lived up to all of the expectations so far early in his career and hopefully, he can keep it going and potentially keep it going. This could be a player who hits around 40-50 home runs a season once he is in his prime and he will be a part of a deep White Sox lineup.
The White Sox have the day off on Monday before Jimenez and the boys come home to play the Cleveland Indians. This is a week where Eloy will try and take the rookie of the year, Tim Anderson will try and win the batting title, and Abreu will try and lead the league in RBIs. The White Sox are not going to the playoffs, but this is still a really intriguing week to end the season.