Eloy Jimenez

Eloy Jimenez comes out of a spring training game after hitting a home run and a triple (Julie Brady / FutureSox)

Eloy Jimenez comes out of a spring training game after hitting a home run and a triple (Julie Brady / FutureSox)

Position: OF
Born: 11/27/1996
Ht: 6'4" Wt: 205
Acquired: Received from Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade 7/13/2017
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #2 - 2017 Midseason
  • #1 - 2018 Preseason
  • #1 - 2018 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • 2016 Prospect of the Year (South Bend)
  • 2016 Baseball America Minor League All-Star (South Bend)
  • 2016 Midwest League MVP (South Bend)
  • 2016 Organizational All-Star (Chicago Cubs)
  • 2016 Post-Season All-Star (South Bend)
  • 2016 and 2017 Futures Game participant
  • 2016 Rising Stars participant (AFL Mesa)
  • 2017 Pre-season #11 prospect in MLB (Baseball America)
  • 2017 Pre-season #14 prospect in MLB (MLB Pipeline)
  • 2017 Mid-season #5 prospect in MLB (Baseball America)
  • 2017 Mid-season #7 prospect in MLB (MLB Pipeline)
  • #1 Prospect in the Carolina League, 2017 post-season (Baseball America)
  • Best Hitter for Average in White Sox system, 2018 (Baseball America)
  • Best Power Hitter in White Sox system, 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #4 Prospect in MLB, Pre-season 2018 (MLB Pipeline)
  • #4 Prospect in MLB, Pre-season 2018 (Baseball America)
  • #3 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (MLB Pipeline)
  • #3 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (Baseball America)
  • Southern League All Star, 2018
  • Hitting Prospect of the Month, July 2018
  • #1 Prospect in the Southern League, 2018 post-season (Baseball America)
  • #1 Prospect in the International League, 2018 post-season (Baseball America)
  • Best Batting Prospect in the Southern League, 2018 post-season (Baseball America)
  • Best Power Prospect in the Southern League, 2018 post-season (Baseball America)

Scouting Report

Eloy Jimenez was part of the Chicago Cubs' monster 2013 J2 class, which saw them grab Jimenez and Gleyber Torres. After struggling as a 17-year-old in rookie ball in 2014, Eloy put up respectable numbers (.284/.328/.418) in short-season Eugene. But his prospect stock soared after he destroyed A-Ball by slashing .328/.369/.532 and stole the show in the 2016 Futures Game, homering and diving into the stands to make a spectacular catch. In 2017 Jimenez continued his momentum by putting up impressive numbers in A+, slashing .295/.370/.543 between Myrtle Beach and Winston-Salem. He made an 18-game cameo with AA Birmingham to end the season, posting a .956 OPS as one of the youngest players in the league at age 20. In 2018, seen as one of the top few prospects in the entire game, Jimenez has been on cruise control as he checks boxes left and right at age 21. After breezing through 53 games with AA Birmingham (.925 OPS, including some injury recovery time), he's putting up almost cartoonish numbers with AAA Charlote (.396/.443/.729, 8 HR thru 26 games), and could get the call any day now.

Jimenez is a physical specimen at 6'4'', 205 pounds and has light tower power and nearly an equal hit tool. He isn't just a home run or bust type of hitter - he has excellent plate coverage, quick hands, and has shown the ability to make adjustments as he has seen higher level pitching. He makes hard contact to all fields, as evidenced by this impressive spray chart. Defensively, Jimenez is a corner outfielder (has played mostly left), and is an average-ish player there, depending on which scout you talk to. Clearly most of the value is in his bat, which has massive upside that has landed him unanimously among the top 10 prospects in all of baseball. At this point there doesn't appear to be anything holding Jimenez in the minors other than service time considerations, but even that seems silly at this point given his performance.

Major League Outlook:  All-Star ceiling/starting corner outfielder
ETA: Late 2018

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