Eloy Jiménez finishes with a batting average of .275 and an on-base percentage of .350
It is great having the whole service time drama with Eloy Jiménez and the White Sox behind us because now that he is in the majors, we can enjoy the presence he has on the team. Arguably one of the brightest personalities in the clubhouse, Jiménez has the bat to compliment it. With only one season under his belt, he already has two grand slams. He also hit his 30th home run as a rookie, something only Abreu and Ron Kittle did in their White Sox rookie years.
Jiménez has the pop. Slugging .514, he is more than capable of driving 80-100 runs a year. There is just one tiny flaw in his offense and that is his lack of ability to get on base. Despite the high slugging percentage, he has a .269 batting average and .318 on-base percentage.
Those two stats are fairly average, but Jiménez has the potential to be better than just average. He never hit sub .300 and had a sub .350 OBP in the minors. As a former top prospect, many eyes were on Jimenez to hit more than .269.
But with the power numbers he recorded this season, his average does not seem to be that big of an issue. If Jiménez could bump it up to .275 or higher and get his OBP to .325 or higher he not only will have an above-average rookie year, but he could even be crowned AL rookie of the year.
This season has been up and down for the White Sox. From injury losses to poor performances, it has been far from perfect. Despite this, having a player make a turn around like Giolito, two players who could win top offensive titles and a top prospect in the running of rookie of the year, 2019 was a very nice transition year for the team.