Eloy Jimenez has the biggest personality of any Chicago White Sox player.
Eloy Jimenez is perhaps the most likable character on the White Sox. His friendly nature and shoutouts to his mother make him an easy fan favorite.
The fact he can drive the ball out of the ballpark at a consistent rate also helps. From 2019-to 2020, he ranked ninth amongst all American League right-handed hitters in home runs with 45. In 2020 he became the youngest White Sox player to ever win a Silver Slugger Award.
In 2019, he led AL rookies in home runs with 31, as well as leading the pack in RBIs (79) and total bases (69). He averaged one home run per every 15 at-bats which is the second-highest ratio in White Sox history behind only Ron Kittles’s 1983 season. But as a career .270 hitter, Jimenez is not just a power hitter. He has the ability to hit for average as well.
Two things stand in Jimenez’s path to being a cover athlete. The first is his comically bad defense. If he can turn himself into an average defender then his offensive firepower and charisma could be enough to make him a cover athlete.
His second issue is his inability to stay healthy. He could only play 122 games his rookie year because of injures and also missed most of the 2020 postseason due to injury. In 2021, he tore a pectoral before the season even started limiting him to 55 games. Eloy needs to stay healthy to turn into the star that the White Sox envision him to be.