CHICAGO — One year ago, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert weren’t even part of the White Sox organization. In less than two weeks, when White Sox position players report to camp at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., these two outfielders will become focal points during their first Spring Training with the South Siders. Jimenez ranks fourth on MLB Pipeline’s list of Top 100 Prospects, while Robert earned the No. 28 spot.
Both players possess immense talent across the board to serve as the backbone of the White Sox rebuild. Both players also are low on the experience end, with Jimenez’s 73 plate appearances for Double-A Birmingham last season serving as his highest level of competition, and Robert having yet to play Minor League baseball in the United States.
“I just try to do my job,” Jimenez said. “I know I’m close to getting to the big leagues, but I have another season. I’m just trying to work hard.”
“If at age 21 he spends the entire year in Double-A in the Southern League and is even close to the level that he performed at for the three weeks he was there already, that’s a really, really good developmental year,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “Now, the good ones have a way of sort of changing your timeline.”
Jimenez hit .312 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs in three stops last season, including a .353 mark with three homers, five doubles and seven RBIs with the Barons. Any video of Jimenez hitting seems to go viral from the sheer support and joy emanating from White Sox fans.