5. Eloy Jimenez – LF
Eloy Jimenez might be going into 2021 with the highest potential at the plate. Of course, Jose Abreu is still there coming off an MVP caliber season and Tim Anderson wasn’t far behind him. With that said, Jimenez has the tools to be just as good, if not better, than these guys. He is a great power hitter that also hits for contact very well. Coming out of the Minor Leagues. he was one of the most polished hitting rookies the team has ever had.
In 2019, it took about a month for Jimenez to click but when he did he really took off. You can see him learning and getting better with every game he has played so far. It will be really exciting to see him play in the middle of this lineup next year.
Jimenez isn’t going to win a Gold Glove or anything like that for his defensive play but he did win himself a Silver Slugger for American League left-field. Going into year three, he should really be able to take yet another step. This guy could really bloom into one of the best players in baseball if he really hits his stride in 2021. The fact that he has already been as good as he has, and hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential, is really telling of how good he is going to be. It will be awesome having him bat fifth in 2021.