5. Eloy Jimenez – LF
Eloy Jimenez is so much fun to watch play in a Chicago White Sox uniform.
Some people want Eloy Jimenez to be the designated hitter but that is a disaster of an idea. He can be coached out of running into walls and hurting himself. What can’t be coached is the ability to hit baseballs 500 feet and Jimenez can do that with regularity.
He has also admitted that he does a better job at the plate when he is in left field because he feels more involved in the game. That has to be taken into consideration when filling out a lineup card. He is a very young player that doesn’t want to play in less than half the game just yet.
It is also true that if Jimenez is betting fifth, you probably have an outstanding team and batting order. There are some great hitters hitting ahead of him that should give him RBI opportunities in this role on a regular basis.
He is going to make his money in this league by hitting well. He has shown that he can do that. He dealt with that injury in 2021 but came back from it and did well. However, in 2022, he is hoping to get back to the Eloy Jimenez that he was before that which was even better. The scary part is that he can get even better than that which could be MVP-like.