The Chicago White Sox are firmly in a rebuild, but it’s easy to dream on what the team will look like in a few years. Many fans see a contender built to last for years. One that would give the team a shot at another World Series. Those fans are dreaming too small according to top prospect Eloy Jimenez.
“I talked with Zack (Collins) one day in Double-A. I told him, ‘When we figure it out and get together in the big leagues, I know we’re going to be awesome.
“‘We’re going to win a lot of World Series.'”
Collins is also a major part of the team’s rebuild. The catcher was the White Sox’s first-round pick in 2016. Collins is considered the team’s sixth-best prospect according to Baseball America.
That’s a bold quote coming from any player. We’ve seen our fair share of guarantees in sports, and they have spotty track records. Everyone knows about Joe Namath and Rasheed Wallace coming up big with accurate predictions. They also remember LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade claiming the Miami Heat would win seven titles while they were in town.
In all those cases, though, at least the players involved were already entrenched at the highest level. This is coming from a prospect who has yet to play above Double-A.
In his defense, Jimenez is considered one heck of a prospect. The 21-year-old was ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the game according to Baseball America. He’s coming off a season in which he hit .312/.379/.568 over two minor-league levels.
He’s far from the only promising White Sox player still in the minors. The team also has flame-throwing pitcher Michael Kopech, who ranked No. 11 on Baseball America’s list. Three other members of the organization made the top-100 as well.
So, yes, it is fair to believe that things are going to get better on the South Side of Chicago in the near future. Jimenez could be right. Maybe the youngsters will lead the team to multiple World Series titles, and maybe he’ll be a key part in getting them there.
But it’s reasonable to wonder whether Jimenez should pump the brakes a little here. He can’t lead the team to the World Series until he reaches the majors … and he hasn’t even done that yet.
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