He may not have the name recognition of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., but Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez demands your attention.
The 22-year-old earned a $43 million contract before stepping onto a major league field because of his prodigious power, and he showed it on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
The hulking 6-foot-4 rookie had a coming out party with his first two home runs against the New York Yankees. And both of them were moon shots.
Jimenez’s first homer came against Jonathan Holder in the fifth inning on a fastball left a little too high over the plate. With a casual flick of the wrist, Jiménez sent the ball rocketing at 108.6 mph a projected 425 feet.
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After getting the silent treatment from his teammates, Jiménez was back at it again two innings later, battling through the rain. He punished Chad Green even harder with a 111.0 mph shot that traveled 446 feet.
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The timing for Jiménez’s second home run was impeccable because just one batter later — after James McCann’s home run — the game was delayed and eventually called for rain as the White Sox won 9-6 in seven innings.
“I [felt] good,” Jiménez said, via MLB.com. “I got the first one out of the way, and [there will be] many [more] to come.”
How good can Eloy Jiménez be?
Top prospects reach the majors already hitting like stars lately, and Jiménez looks like the next in line. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Juan Soto are such old news.
Jiménez may not be much of a fielder — he’s limited to left field and may become a designated hitter before long — but he can absolutely mash. Through 12 games, the No. 3 prospect in baseball is hitting .319/.360/.468.
Jiménez was likely ready to play in the majors last year, when he hit .337/.384/.577 between Double-A and Triple-A, although he did not receive a cup of coffee in September. But now that he’s here, Jiménez is quickly making his mark as the league’s next new slugger.
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