Jimenez, 23, looked like he very well could be on his way to becoming a star in the final months of last season and there’s no reason to believe he’s going to be slowed down this year just because it starts a few months later than expected.
The left fielder also worked to improve his defense in the offseason, making him potentially a much better all-around player, not just a vital cog in the lineup. His -11 DRS and -5.1 UZR in 2019 were certainly alarming (FanGraphs).
If the Chicago White Sox want any chance of being competitive in 2020, Jimenez is going to be playing a major role for the team.
Part of what is required for this organization to be successful both now and in the long run is their younger players developing into stars.
Jimenez has all the talent to do that and the organization’s decision to extend him before the start of last season exemplifies their belief in him as well.
There’s every reason to believe Jimenez is on his way to becoming one of the most feared players in the sport.