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Birth Date11-27-1996
Height6' 4"
Weight240 lbs
Age27 years, 0 months, 2 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2019 CHA 22 122 504 125 18 2 31 30 134 4 0 0 .267 .315 .513 105 5.9 1.0 -0.7 1.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2014 CUB Rk AZL 42 164 .000 .000 .000 .261 0.0 71 0 0.0 0.0 -10.2 0.0
2015 EUG A- NWL 57 250 .248 .320 .355 .321 94 9.9 6.9 -1.9 129 0 -1.7 -0.2 -0.9 0.2
2016 SBN A MID 112 464 .252 .317 .358 .391 98 29.8 12.3 -3.7 160 0 -4.2 -0.3 22.2 2.9
2016 MSS Wnt AFL 15 62 .000 .000 .000 .262 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 MYR A+ CAR 42 174 .245 .323 .381 .304 95 7 4.8 -2.1 158 0 0.2 -0.3 16.6 2.0
2017 WNS A+ CAR 29 122 .249 .322 .383 .370 103 11.3 3.4 -1.5 158 0 -0.6 0.4 16.6 1.9
2017 BIR AA SOU 18 73 .248 .319 .368 .429 94 7.2 2.0 -0.8 170 0 -1.1 0.1 4.8 0.5
2017 GIG Wnt DWL 19 79 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 BIR AA SOU 53 228 .244 .319 .383 .344 95 20.9 6.5 -2.2 161 0 -5.4 -1.3 14.0 1.2
2018 CHR AAA INT 55 228 .248 .314 .377 .371 104 17 6.7 -2 181 0 -0.2 -1.8 18.2 2.1
2018 GIG Wnt DWL 3 13 .000 .000 .000 .375 97 2.8 0.5 -0.3 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019 CHA MLB AL 122 504 .256 .321 .434 .308 101 9.2 15.2 -4 105 10 -0.7 1.0 5.9 1.7
2019 CHR AAA INT 5 22 .300 .387 .519 .375 125 -0.9 0.8 -0.2 86 0 -0.4 0.2 -0.3 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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2014 CUB Rk AZL 164 150 13 34 8 2 3 55 27 10 32 3 1 .227 .268 .367 .140 4
2015 EUG A- NWL 250 232 36 66 10 0 7 97 33 15 43 3 2 .284 .328 .418 .134 2 0
2016 MSS Wnt AFL 62 55 6 14 4 0 3 27 10 6 11 0 0 .255 .323 .491 .236 1 0
2016 SBN A MID 464 432 65 142 40 3 14 230 81 25 94 8 3 .329 .369 .532 .204 3 0
2017 MYR A+ CAR 174 155 23 42 6 2 8 76 32 18 35 0 0 .271 .351 .490 .219 0 0
2017 WNS A+ CAR 122 110 20 38 11 1 8 75 26 12 21 0 2 .345 .410 .682 .336 0 0
2017 GIG Wnt DWL 79 68 12 25 5 2 4 46 21 10 16 1 0 .368 .443 .676 .309 1 0
2017 BIR AA SOU 73 68 11 24 5 0 3 38 7 5 16 1 1 .353 .397 .559 .206 0 0
2018 GIG Wnt DWL 13 12 3 4 1 0 1 8 4 1 3 0 0 .333 .385 .667 .333 0 0
2018 CHR AAA INT 228 211 28 75 13 1 12 126 33 14 30 0 1 .355 .399 .597 .242 1 0
2018 BIR AA SOU 228 205 36 65 15 2 10 114 42 18 39 0 0 .317 .368 .556 .239 4 0
2019 CHR AAA INT 22 22 3 7 1 0 1 11 1 0 5 0 0 .318 .318 .500 .182 0 0
2019 CHA MLB AL 504 468 69 125 18 2 31 240 79 30 134 0 0 .267 .315 .513 .246 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2019 1849 0.4278 0.4992 0.6728 0.7105 0.3412 0.7989 0.4765 0.3272 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2026 CHA $
2025 CHA $3,000,000
2024 CHA $13,833,334
2023 CHA $10,333,334
2022 CHA $7,333,333
2021 CHA $4,333,333
2020 CHA $2,333,333
2019 CHA $1,833,333
2018 CHA $
4 yrPrevious$15,833,332
5 yrPvs + Cur$26,166,666
2 yrFuture$16,833,334
7 yrTotal$43,000,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 0 dRep 1 Baseball6 years/$43M (2019-24), 2025-26 options

  • 6 years/$43M (2019-24), plus 2025-26 options. Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 3/22/19, replacing 1 year deal signed 3/19. $5M signing bonus. 19:$1M, 20:$1.5M, 21:$3.5M, 22:$6.5M, 23:$9.5M, 24:$13M, 25:$16.5M club option ($3M buyout). 26:$18.5M club optiom ($3M buyout). Award bonuses.
  • 1 year (2018). Contract selected by Chicago White Sox 11/20/17. Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/18.
  • Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/13/17.
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs 8/1/13 as a free agent from Cuba. $2.8M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 50 14 3 0 2 3 9 0 0 .304 .347 .500 133 3.7 LF 0 0.0
80o 34 9 2 0 1 2 6 0 0 .290 .333 .452 126 2.2 LF 0 0.0
70o 22 6 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 .300 .333 .500 122 1.3 LF 0 0.0
60o 12 4 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 .364 .417 .727 118 0.6 LF 0 0.0
50o 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 114 0.1 LF 0 0.0
Weighted Mean410000100.333.333.3331140.2LF 00.0

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2021-04-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did MWG fleece me in a dynasty trade where I gave up Mahle and Reid Detmers for his Yermin Mercedes + Adolis Garcia
(Boo from TD from Bottom of Standings)
Sorry, but I do not like that deal for you. I do think much of what Mercedes is doing is legitimate, but he carries so much long-term risk given his DH-only profile and the presence of Jose Abreu, Andrew Vaughn, and Eloy Jimenez on that roster. As I noted in the Top-500 article, I am buying Mahle given his fastball progression. Garcia likely is organizational depth long-term given his approach (lack thereof) and contact issues, though he does have above-average power and speed, and plays solid outfield defense. (Jesse Roche)
2021-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Jesse. In my 12-team, mixed 5x5 league (OPS instead of AVG on offense), I had Eloy at $14, with salary increases of $4/year as long as I wanted to keep paying for him. I tearfully decided to throw him back into the auction yesterday instead of stashing him on the IL (we have four spots) this year and keeping him for $18 next year. Please tell me this was the correct decision.
(Down from The Dumps)
It depends on the cap and whether you can reacquire him in the auction at a cheaper cost. If you can get him cheaper, then it is definitely the correct decision. I still remain very high on Eloy Jimenez despite his devastating injury. (Jesse Roche)
2020-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Forever dynasty, 12tm... roto - I’ve been offered his Eloy Jimenez for my Jasson Dominguez. What are your thoughts?
(Harry from Montana )
Take Eloy and run! (Jesse Roche)
2020-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance we see Andrew Vaughn at the show this year?
(darielsantana from santo domingo)
After the signing of Edwin Encarnacion, I doubt we see Vaughn in the majors in 2020. The White Sox have not been shy of keeping prospects down until the following April (e.g., Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Nick Madrigal). Of course, the White Sox are also looking to compete in 2020 and if either Jose Abreu or Edwin Encarnacion are injured while Vaughn is tearing up the upper minors, he definitely could see a promotion. I just would not expect him to arrive until 2021. (Jesse Roche)
2019-10-30 16:00:00 (link to chat)You wake up. Your bedroom looks a little weird, but you chalk that up to grogginess and a late night watching The Bachelor. You walk over to the bathroom and splash some water on your face and look up into the mirror--Oh my god! You're Rick Hahn! What happened to the man who invented "Childish Bambino?" You drive into work and learn that, after arbitration raises, you have $50 million committed for 2020 and not much beyond that (Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, basically). You also learn from quickly looking through some spreadsheets that you have been authorized to spend up to $125 million, or $75 million AAV in 2020, to improve the White Sox. What do you do?
(nschaef from NYC)
I'd go hard for either Cole or Strasburg, or both, and then maybe Ryu if you can't get both. I know they need offense there, too, but I think you can find useful pieces for what they need other places, and they have some pieces coming, too. Robert is on the way for CF, Madrigal for 2B. If you sign Rendon, you need to move Moncada and he finally flourished at the plate at 3B. That doesn't mean I have an issue signing Rendon, but their rotation outside of Giolito is a problem and I'd pour my resources into that because the division is available, in my opinion. I'd hit the top of the market and I'd go after depth. Maybe you like Wheeler over Ryu, that's fine. Maybe Madison Bumgarner is weirdly undervalued? Maybe you try and fix Julio Teheran who everyone seems to think is bad but is also always like okay as a 4? You can throw some money at a Corey Dickerson type for OF/DH for offense, too. I know there's risk in leaning on those prospects, but I'd mitigate that with solid depth pieces in the lineup more than high-end ones, which I'd save for the rotation. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-08-23 15:30:00 (link to chat)Do you still see Eloy Jimenez as a 55-hit/70-power tool hitter? Did he have any injuries this season? His year was a little disappointing with the way rookies pulverized the ball. Is his outlook the same?
(The Colonel from Pasadena)
Well, yes, he spent time on the IL so he did have some injuries. And yes, I think Eloy has a chance to be that same thing. I just wrote about how quickly guys are hitting the ground but also a .750 OPS (even in this era) from a 22-year-old in his debut season isn't something we should consider failure at this point. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-08-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)Any change in Eloy Jimenez's outlook from pre-season? Still on target?
(The Colonel from Pasadena, CA)
No, I still think he's a star. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-08-02 16:00:00 (link to chat)Who will have the better offensive career -- Eloy Jimenez or Peter Alonso?
(The Colonel from Pasadena, CA)
I'm still sticking with Eloy! He's almost two full years younger than Alonso and in time I think he'll be the more complete offensive player. Not to take anything away from Pete, he's also fantastic. Both are going to be fantasy cornerstones for awhile. (Jon Hegglund)
2019-08-02 16:00:00 (link to chat)Dadgum it, is Eloy Jimenez still a 70/60 pick-to-click prospect even with his down season and his 28% K rate? Mercy!
(The Hawk from Chitown)
We'll do a double-shot of Eloy. The answer to your question is...

2019-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Was Eloy Jimenez over hyped?
(Kip from Philly)
Nope. (Mark Barry)
2019-05-24 15:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Eloy Jimenez. Is JD Martinez a good comp for him in peak years?
I dont hate that as an 80-90 percentile outcome for Eloy, sure. (Jon Hegglund)
2019-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please name 5 players outside the Top 100 most likely to be Top 50 in 2020. I am thinking of Peraza and......
(Vic from Baltimore)
I've been pretty happy with Peraza's progression. Last season was a nice surprise. I'd expect Victor Robles to shoot up this list heading into next season, same goes for Eloy Jimenez. Josh Donaldson is currently 102 per NFBC ADP, so that's another obvious one. A few less heralded names though: Rougned Odor, Amed Rosario, Zack Wheeler and Daniel Murphy in Coors (which is now legally his new name). (Mark Barry)
2018-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Name your top 5 prospects at the start of next season
(Mark from Arlington)
Vladito, Eloy Jimenez, Royce Lewis, Victor Robles and Fernando Tatis Jr (Mark Barry)
2018-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good day and thanks for the chat!!! Would you please compare Juan Soto to Eloy Jimenez.... Thanks
(Easterbtook from Ontario canada)
I've said before that if Soto has stayed healthy in 2017 he'd have been ranked right with Jimenez, it's power over hit versus hit over power, but its like 7 hit/6 pop versus 6 hit/7 pop. I think Soto ends up the better defender long term, but similar offensive value. You could argue Eloy has more pure upside in the bat. Could have some 40 home run seasons. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-09-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)How egregious is the White Sox's handling of Eloy Jimenez? He needs to work on his defense? Why not do it with the big club?
(answerdave from Everywhere -- and nowhere)
Citing defense was a pretty unsatisfying thing to hear. It's not clear to me why he can't work on his defense in the majors--after all, it's left field in a tiny ballpark, and because Charlotte didn't make the playoffs, this means he simply...won't play at all in September. It's not like balls hit to left in the majors are so different than the minors that his development would be damaged, and it's not like the White Sox haven't stomached bad glove work in the outfield as it is.

In some ways, I would have been more satisfied--not satisfied satisfied, but more so--if the answer had been, "We want him to see another 200-300 PAs of high minors pitching because hitting is reactive and we haven't seen him have to adjust to failure yet" or something.

I'm certainly disappointed, even if I'm someone who was aghast at how quickly the organization rushed bats in years past. (Nick Schaefer)
2018-04-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much Vlad Guerrero do you see in Eloy Jimenez?
(Ner from Ner)
Well, not in the swing-at-a-pitch-in-the-other-batters-box-and-hitting-a-double sense. But he could be a lot of fun--high batting average, power, strong OF arm. I'd never project of HOF talent onto a minor leaguer, but this guy's one of the more intriguing bats in the game from my perspective. (Rob Mains)
2018-02-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Scott, Gerrit Cole, Eloy Jimenez, or Matt Olson in a Scoresheet keeper AL league draft. Thanks!
(rrydelek from Moon)
Not sure of your situation. I think in a vacuum Id go with Eloy if you dont need him this season. He seems to check the most Scoresheet boxes. (Scott Delp)
2018-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a Scoresheet keeper league, given the chance to draft Eloy Jimenez or Gerrit Cole, which way would you go? Thanks
(rrydelek from Moon)
I'd still go with Cole. He's young and I think the Astros will mostly fix what ails him. (Mike Gianella)
2018-01-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see either or both of Eloy Jimenez and/or Michael Kopech being relevant in re-draft leagues in 2018?
(nschaef from NYC)
I think Rick Hahn said last week that Eloy could hit enough to force the issue in 2018. Injury permitting, I would expect to see Kopech in 2018, yes. (Mark Barry)
2017-09-07 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tatis a top 5 prospect starting next season? Could he make it to the majors in 2018?
(Mike from California )
Probably not, but it's not because he isn't awesome. He's awesome. But the top four seem pretty locked in as Ronald Acuna, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Victor Robles and Eloy Jimenez. Tatis is in the conversation for that fifth spot along with several other guys, but if I have to pick Tatis or the field for that last spot, I'll take the field. This is in no way an insult to Tatis, who, as I said earlier, is awesome. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-07-31 23:00:00 (link to chat)If I have Victor Robles, Ronald Acuna, Rhys Hoskins, Eloy Jimenez, Kyle Tucker, Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr on my minor league dynasty roster, who do I drop, if anyone, to add Bo Bichette?
(Steve from AZ)
Uh...I think I speak for all of us when I say $#%& YOU! I dunno man, trade one of those dudes (Soto? Tatis? Hoskins?) for an awesome player, immediately pick up Bichette, cackle, remember you're supposed to act like you've been there before, take a breath, compose yourself, lose control, cackle again. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)In a 30 team dynasty league, would you trade Eloy Jimenez, Bo Bichette, and Juan Soto for Yoan Moncada?
(Bobba Fett from Death Star)
No, I would want multiple shots at the All-star level outcome given the volatility of prospects. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-07-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the best, most reasonable comp for Eloy Jimenez?
(Spencer Macklin from Downtown Des Moines, Iowa)
Eloy was our prospect team's highest rated position prospect who doesn't play an up-the-middle defensive position. Name your favorite bat-first RHB corner outfielder, I suspect. J.D. Martinez? (Nick Schaefer)
2017-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you see as a good comp for Eloy Jimenez?
(BC from Urbandale)
I've seen comps as lofty as Giancarlo Stanton, but I'm not sure how realistic that is. Maybe the answer is Roy Hobbs. I think the better question is whether he stays in Chicago or is dealt for someone like Chris Archer. (Collin Whitchurch)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Top 5 prospects in 2019?
(Adam from NJ)
Brendan Rodgers, Eloy Jimenez, Sixto Sanchez, Juan Soto, Vlad Jr. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where does juan soto end up in the rankings the the end of the season?
(Brad from DC)
Assuming the ankle injury is a minor thing and he only misses a couple weeks and keeps doing Juan Soto things. How different is that from 2016 Eloy Jimenez? (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-04-05 23:00:00 (link to chat)20-team dynasty league: I'm arguably the best team n the league, but with no farm system prospects are eating at my bench. A rebuilding team sent me an offer: I give Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito, and Mitch Keller, I get back Max Scherzer or Yu Darvish. If it pus me over the top, I have to do it, right? Would you take Max or Yu?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I'd probably do that deal in that context, yeah. First I'd try to counter for a deal that Eloy isn't in - see if you can replace him with a less-important-to-you MLB bat? I know he's on the DL in A ball, but man do I like that kid's swing almost as much as I don't like the thought of moving him (but yes, you probably do that deal if you're all-in, titles in a 20-teamer don't happen that often). I think I narrowly prefer Scherzer.

BTW, just saw the Lindor GS, and I'd like formally submit legislation to add him to my security council of players where I will pause whatever I'm doing to watch an at-bat. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Side A (sending): Gregory Polanco, Seth Beer (NCAA '18), Austin Beck (HS '17). Side B (sending): Eloy Jimenez, Robert Gsellman, Aaron Nola, J.B. Bukauskus (NCAA '17), Kevin Maitan. Keep forever dynasty league (5x5 + OBP, XBH... + QS, HLD). team A has Ozuna for LF, and really need pitching; Team B is loaded with pitching and needs a LF/UT (otherwise J. Upton). Fair deal? [Obviously we can draft players from HS, college, IFA guys (Ohtani, etc.).]
(Michelle from Milwaukee)
I like the deal for Side A if they're looking for pitching. I'm generally higher on Nola and Gsellman than most, and I would feel confident that you're going to get something productive out of at least one of the two. All told, I think it's a pretty fair deal. Most NCAA and HS players are so far away from producing at the major-league level, and there's so much that can happen during their development. You need to consider the impact of those players, but in terms of major league returns I feel good about it for Side A.

Now let me talk to Side B. In the short term, I'm not starting Polanco over Upton unless I really need steals. I know Upton has injury concerns, but he looked more like the player we expected him to be as last season went on. Upton gains even more value given that this is an OBP league. If your plan is to use Upton now and have Polanco for later I could see that, but don't sell him short in the present. (Eric Roseberry)
2017-03-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the top 5 prospects in 2018? Who are the top 5 prospects in 2019?
(Cubs Fan 69 from Illinois)
The correct answer is I have no idea. But this is fun. Let's say 2018: Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez, Brendan Rodgers, Gleyber Torres, and Nick Senzel. 2019: Robles, Anderson Espinoza, Acuna, Michael Kopech, and Anderson Tejada. (Mark Barry)
2017-03-30 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Juan Soto the next big hitter? Better than Eloy Jimenez?
(Kevin from Washington, DC)
Juan Soto is not better than Eloy Jimenez. He is not the next big hitter. If everything breaks his way, he could be the next big hitter 3 years from now, but that's highly unlikely. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)#1 prospect in 2018 and 2019?
(Eric from Chicago)
Fun question. I'll say Victor Robles, then Eloy Jimenez. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)Eloy Jimenez+Jeimar Candelario for Jose Quintana -- who says no? (Frazier to a third-team to get the cubbies some sweeteners, if necessary). I assume it would be the cubs who'd keep this from happening, but would that be stupid of them? I get that eloy is a potential superstar, but the cubs have dynasty potential and Q seems like an ideal addition... Am I nuts?
(nkunke1 from wherever)
I don't think the Cubs would make that deal, no. From their standpoint they enter the year sitting on four very high-quality starters already, and with okay options between Montgomery and Anderson vying for the 5 slot. Eddie Butler was a nice little pickup for depth. I think they roll as-is and adjust accordingly in-season if and when need arises.

Dubwise time! Lee Perry, at the height of early Black Ark experimentation, working over a peak Wailers cut, because the world is a dark place right now, and we need light: (Wilson Karaman)
2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the highest ceiling Victor Robles, Glyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez?
(Drew 60 from Rochester Ny)
For fantasy I'll take Jimenez, IRL I'll go Robles

Marley's love songs have always been my favorites. Marley had an all-time elite combination of delivery, sincerity, and feel for working his way through a love song. Rock My Boat's one of the crucials for me to that end, understated and just...mmph. Extended mix: (Wilson Karaman)
2017-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for your deligent work, can you please rank these players with highest out come for career; Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez and Ronald Acuna. Thank you
(bsgallo from Good evening)
Robles, then Jimenez, then Acuna. Robles and Jimenez are very close in my mind, and I might flip-flop them a week from now if asked again. Acuna is a decent-sized step below those two. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)14 tm dynasty - I was offered Springer, Blackmon, Sherzer, Porcello, Eloy Jimenez & Carson Kelley for Machado + skaggs. To add context my OF is currently Polanco, Marte and Sano. Sano would take over at 3rd if i took it.
(Charlie from San Francisco )
I'd take that. Wouldn't even have to think about it. (George Bissell)
2016-12-01 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for doing this. Wondering what you think of Erick Fedde and Eloy Jimenez long term? I know they are very different prospects, but two I am interested in.
(Greg from Vancouver)
Fedde is a mid-tier starter if he can stay healthy, but his size and delivery don't give me a lot of confidence that he will. I'm higher on Jimenez than many. The offensive potential is considerable, and the Cubs have a good recent track record with their prospects. (Mike Gianella)
2016-12-08 23:00:00 (link to chat)Higher ceiling Eloy Jimenez or Gleyber Torres?
Eloy. It takes a lot for me to say that about a corner outfielder over a competent defender in e middle of the infield dirt, but, well, it's appropriate that we're talking about Eloy right now because he should only ever be discussed #afterdark (Wilson Karaman)
2016-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Soler to TB for Odorizzi? Soler and other prospects to TB for Archer? Thoughts on either of these options?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
I was told Mike Montgomery is going be a major league starting pitcher, so why do you need Odorizzi or Archer? Anyway, the "other prospects" better be like Eloy Jimenez if you want Archer. He's really good and the contract is silly. I could see the Cubs looking for an Odorizzi type though. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)Anything you can do for my fantasy baseball itch right now? Still too far away!!!!!!! who are your top 5 must stash prospects for keeper leagues? Thanks for your time tonight!
(James from OKC)
I'll give you five names off the top of my head that aren't like consensus at the top of any prospect lists: Eloy Jimenez, Brent Honeywell, Josh Hader, Mitch Keller, Isan Diaz (George Bissell)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Think Juan Soto could become the best low minors hitter next year if he starts in full season ball?
(Mike from NY)
Sure, because if someone like Eloy Jimenez or Brendan Rodgers is in contention for this they're not going to be in the low-minors for long. Soto probably won't make it out of A-ball no matter what he does. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Isan Diaz or Eloy Jimenez cracking the preseason top 20? I am very bullish on both of their bats.
(TrickDaddy14 from YT)
I think Jimenez has a shot. I'm not completely sold on Diaz given he's likely a second baseman in the majors, but I also haven't had my ear talked off by Mauricio about him yet. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Juan Soto the next Eloy Jimenez?
(Craig from DC)
Because of the system and the circumstances of his break out, Robles' name comes up, but they are very different types of prospect. I don't hate the Jimenez comp, but it doesn't work as a comp because of handedness. Jimenez is also tooslier, while the thing you hear on Soto is he is just so advanced as a hitter for a 17-year-old. He could have a similar jump up our list after his first year in full season ball though. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you project Eloy Jimenez to become? Is another Kris Bryant too much to ask for?
(Adam from Cedar Falls, Iowa)
"Another Kris Bryant" is too much to ask of any player, really. Hes putting up unbelievably numbers in his second season, and is the face of a star studded Cubs team. That said, I love Eloy Jimenez. I recently wrote him up here - as has Nathan Graham
Throughout the year I saw Jimenez work on his approach and improve every game, and by the end of the year he was a completely different player. It was fun to watch, and he hit some of the most impressive home runs I have seen in a long time. In Dayton he hit one that was a no doubter line drive that I believe South Bend tweeted out the exit velocity was something like 114-116 which is crazy good for any league, let alone the MWL. (Midwest League Wrap Up)
2016-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dayton had a terrible season overall, but in the second half they had Nick Senzel leading the team to give the fans some sort of bright spot. Was he the best prospect that came through the league?
(Frank The Tank from The Quad)
I think Eloy Jimenez was the best prospect, but there are several players that would be up for consideration (Espinoza, Diaz, Alvarez), but Senzel would definitely be in the conversation. Fortunately the MWL had some really top tier talent. (Midwest League Wrap Up)
2016-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Moving forward, please rank these guys on their offensive production potential only... Juan Soto, Isan Diaz, Eloy Jimenez, Victor Robles, Rafael Devers, Ronald Acuna. Thank you
(Randy from Chippewa)
Just offense, I'd go: Jimenez, Devers, Robles, Diaz, Acuna, Soto. That's a good group. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-09-27 21:00:00 (link to chat)Is Juan Soto the next Eloy Jimenez?
(Eric from Washington, DC)
I got two questions in a row (!) about Juan Soto. I know he's hitting well at a very young age. I know the Stateside track record is short. I know he didn't have Jimenez's pedigree when he signed and isn't a match for Jimenez's, um, hugeness. But I do see the gaudy stats and I've seen a little video. I'm no expert, but my short answer is: no, he's not the next Eloy. But he could be really good. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-09-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a 14 team, 40man roster dynasty I've grown board of winning...seriously. So I have decided to rebuild. I now roster an exciting group of high risk players: Devers, Robles, Acuna, Rosario, Isan Diaz, Kyle Tucker, Eloy Jimenez, Kilome, Keller, Allard, and Fried. Then add in young MLBers like Harper, Rizzo, Altherr, Cotton, Cody Reed, Matz, Jake Thompson, and Skaggs. With only 4 teams as suitable buyers, would you be happy with Urias & Gallo for Bumgarner, & Josh Bell & Ryan Healy for Cole Hamels? I likely could also land Giolito. I'm currently trying to convince the guy that Giolito's value has bottomed out. Any example as to how Giolito has been valued in any of your leagues, or what can you tell me about your opinion on him moving forward? Kind of a long winded question, but a fun one! Thanks in advance!
(BPChatsChangedMyLife from Niagara, ON)
Giolito hasn't been traded in any of my leagues, so I have no direct experience with that. I own Giolito in two of my leagues, a deep NL-only keeper league and a deep mixed keeper league. I didn't trade him in either league because in both leagues, I was more focused on 2017 and beyond than 2016.

I don't think I'd be happy with dealing Bumgarner for Urias & Gallo (assuming you're getting Urias & Gallo). I'm lower on Gallo than most. I'm not sure he'll make enough contact to be a great roto player, and I think that even if he does eventually become a productive roto player, it'll take a while for him to get there and the struggles will be brutal.

Assuming you're on the Bell/Healy side of the Cole-Hamels-for-Josh-Bell-and-Ryon-Healy trade, I'd hang on to Hamels, too. I haven't seen enough from Healy to convince me that his big step forward this year will be 100% sustainable, and Hamels is really dang good. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)#1 prospect in 2018, 2019 and 2020?
(Sam from NJ)
2018: Victor Robles
2019: Eloy Jimenez
2020: Jason Groome (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jarrett, do you think Juan Soto is next year's Eloy Jimenez?
(MW from Upstate NY)
Didn't get a chance to see him. Have heard some excellent things. Certainly could be. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)I jumped early on Eloy Jimenez in a dynasty league, and now everyone is sniffing around...the man going to be a rock for my squad for years to come or should I sell high on the dude?
(smelmoth from The Cape)
Eloy, my sweet Eloy. The Midwest Leaguers talked about him in the earlier chat today, and I'll point you to that transcript, along with our two Eyewitness Reports on him from this year, below. Both of those reports put a 70 on his OFP, with first-division likelihoods. I'll add for my part that he was the most impressive non-top-15 prospect I saw at the Future's Game. Gorgeously balanced BP swing, super easy top-shelf power, and if you believe the adjustments he made this year are signs of future growth potential (I do) I wouldn't entertain trade requests for him that didn't involve Trout/Altuve type returns.

MWL Chat:
Report 1:
Report 2: (Wilson Karaman)
2016-08-15 22:00:00 (link to chat)Where would Eloy Jimenez rank in the Brendan Rodgers, Victor Robles, Crawford question?
(Scott from Nyc)
I'd put him behind those three but ahead of the two outfielders, with the asterisk that I might be light, that dude's a beast in the making. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Brendan. Should we be concerned about Eloy Jimenez's walk rate, or just blown away by his overall performance at 19 in Low A?
(Keith from Farmington, CT)
The latter. He may never walk a lot but he doesn't have to. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)2 Questions: First of all, if the BP top 50 list was written AFTER the Futures game, I assume Eloy Jimenez would have made an even more drastic jump? How high? I feel I gotta treat him like a t10 prospect, with all arrows pointing up. Second of all, how impressive was Chih-Wei Hu in the Futures game? He looked MLB ready with a lot of movement on his pitches. Same thing for Carson Fulmer.
(fawkesmulder from Zzyzx)
I'd hope the list wouldn't change too much after just one game. That said, I was driving the Eloy bus. I had him just outside the top ten on my personal list. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Eloy Jimenez has gotten a lot of pub recently, and rightfully so in my mind. Offensively, do you think he can be an above average player? Something in the mold of a left field version of Adam Jones perhaps?
(Chilly from The road)
Could have more power, won't have Adam's legs. I think I get what you're going for in the high dingers-few walks sense though, and yes, it will be kind of like that. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-06-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Heading into the season I bought stocks in both Eloy Jimenez & Franklin Perez. Do you see these stocks going to continue to rise into next year? Any opinions on these 2 players?
(Paul from Not Sure)
I am not a fanasy guy, like at all. But I have seen a good amount gf Eloy this year so far and really am impressed by him. He will continue to rise, especially if he continues to work with coaches on his approach. (Grant Jones)
2016-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)What should we look out for of prospects who are young for their level? I.E. Eloy Jimenez is tearing the cover off the ball with Luis Alexander Basabe is struggling?
(Jerry from Earth)
My focus is the Midwest League so when you're looking at guys that are still in the early stages of their developmental curve are bat speed, the ability to recognize spin, and athleticism. If a prospect is struggling but still possesses those skills I would give them a decent chance to come out of it. (James Fisher)
2016-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Earlier in this year when discussing Eloy Jimenez, one site noted that disparate SO and BB rates have been stumbling blocks for young RH corner players like Joel Guzman, R.Liriano, Willy Mo Pena, etc. Would you lump Jimenez into that group?
(Nick from Chicago)
"When in doubt, stat 'em out" was a piece of advice I received early on in my baseball career and strike out to walk ratio is definitely one to keep an eye on. I wouldn't lump Jimenez into that group yet because he is still in A-ball and he shows the ability to make adjustments with his swing and approach. Let's give him some time to make adjustments and then we can revisit the conversation. (James Fisher)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Karaman. As someone who hoped on the pre-season bandwagon of Eloy Jimenez & Luis Alexander Basabe what should we be looking for from them this season as seems mixed results as of now?
(Leonard from None of Your Business)
Progress noted in the scouting reports from the start of the season to the end, and at least some corresponding cues in the production, however minor. Both are relatively raw players playing 2+ years young for their level.

Halftime! I'll be back in a jiffy kids, mean time here's some mo' smoove grooves (the smoovest, in fact): (Wilson Karaman)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Crawford. As someone who hoped on the pre-season bandwagon of Eloy Jimenez & Luis Alexander Basabe what should we be looking for from them this season as seems mixed results as of now?
(Leonard from None of Your Business)
Mixed results are going to happen all year, what I think you should be looking for is some semblance of consistency, particularly in the second half. Both these guys are extremely talented, and their upside suggests they can be impact players. It's just gonna take some time. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)What is Eloy Jimenez's potential? how good can he be?
(Frank from Chi Town)
Lot's of Eloy Jimenez questions in the queue so I guess it's time to ride the Cubs hype train. Jimenez has plenty of bat speed and power to go along with it but the strikeouts are troubling. He really likes to swing and will have to reign in the discipline if he wants to realize his immense potential. There is a lot to like in this profile and I could see him being a top 10 prospect in the future, maybe not this year but soon. (James Fisher)
2016-05-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Bissell. As someone who hoped on the pre-season bandwagon of Eloy Jimenez & Luis Alexander Basabe what should we be looking for from them this season as seems mixed results as of now?
(Leonard from None of Your Business)
Call me George. Mr. Bissell is my father. Literally, he's a high school teacher and everything. I wouldn't be concerned one bit about Basabe given his age and the league setting. He's going to be a dude as we like to say. (George Bissell)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Karaman! Got 2 hitting prospects and pitchers wouldn't mind getting your opinion on: Eloy Jimenez & Luis Alexander Basabe; Franklyn Kilome & Junior Fernandez. If you could have only one of the hitters and pitchers in your system who would you choose and why?
(Leonard from None of Your Business)
Can I cheat and take Jimenez/Basabe? I wrote about both those guys recently as sweet ceiling guys, and given that all four of them are reasonably equivalent degrees of raw I'd want the two bats. Kilome's been a tire fire in his first three starts, but assuming he's okay (haven't seen any firsthand reports yet) I'd probably prefer him as the arm if you HAVE to do 1-1. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)Do you have any Low Minor prospects you are high on that aren't really known but you think that by this time next year may have some buzz?
(David from Atlantis)
From the NWL, Jake Brentz, Luis Liberato, Enyel De Los Santos, Mac Marshall, Yeyson Yrizarri. If I had to take a deeeep dive, Zack Nehrir, Lane Thomas, and Carlos Hernandez. Eloy Jimenez and Justin Steele probably don't count because Cubs, but I liked them too. Colin Young wants me to say Brett Kennedy. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)I know he's raw as onions, but Eloy Jimenez have a discussion for the top 101? Would he be more of a top........151? 201?
(Scott from of Lincolnshire)
He wasn't mentioned a ton, but the ceiling is certainly there. I think he'd be in the 151 range, at least for me. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)No one seems to be talking about Eloy Jimenez in Chicago. Could he leap into the spotlight as the next great cubs prospect. He years away but seams to.have the tools from the outside
(Brett from VANCOUVER)
He's a jump to light-speed away from the Majors, but I can see the potential there. Yes, get excited! Why not. The future is so bright in Chicago. (George Bissell)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Gleybar has stolen his thunder, but is it time to get excited over the potential of Eloy Jimenez?
(Ken from Cleveland)
Don't overdo it by selling your house and following Jimenez all around the minors and in the offseason, but do get excited from afar. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)So luckily my house hasn't sold yet, what type if player can Eloy Jimenez be? Jorge soler like, top 40-50 prospect
(Oscar from Scanton)
Maybe, but he's so far away. That's probably the ceiling, but you can say that for so many guys at this age. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Any surprises in Cubs camp getting underplayed? Not necessarily guys that have a chance to make the big league roster, but minor leaguers that look ready to breakout?
(Ryan from Chicago-ish)
Gleybar Torres and Eloy Jimenez each looked good, but they're lightyears away. Torres has fluid actions at short with a knack for the barrel at the plate. Excited to watch both guys in the coming years. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Are Eloy Jimenez and Glyber Torres the next big Cubs prospects? I realize they are only 18, but is it crazy to compare them to Soler and Russell?
(Kevin from Chicago (North Side))
I won't go so far as to suggest they're going to reach the prospect heights of Soler and Russell at this stage of the game, but I have been impressed with both in my limited looks. I like Torres to develop a little quicker, but both have impact raw potential (Mark Anderson)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)If Rafael Devers, Eloy Jimenez, and Gleyber Torres were available in the 2015 draft, how high would they be ranked? How do they compare with recent high schools draftees (Jackson, Frazier, Meadows, etc.)?
(Kevin from DC)
It's a good question I can't really answer right now. I don't think they'd top the lists, exactly but it's hard to say since they've also had the benefit of pro ball. Devers or Torres would rank highest, based on polish and positional value, I'd guess, but I'd still be looking at guys like Matuella above them. Still, we're so far out from the draft, that I don't think it's particularly useful to rank draft guys at present. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Of the young hitters in the low minors, who has the highest ceiling? Are there any "franchise" type players with elite ceilings?
(Drew from Washington, DC)
I won't suggest there are elite ceilings out there among the hitters in the lowest levels of the minors, as that's a pretty special player, but there are some really incredible players at the lowest levels....a guy like Rafael Devers has game-changing potential. Someone like Alex Jackson could be a beast. Eloy Jimenez carries a ton of risk but is really talented and could be the type of power prospect that is rare in today's game. (Mark Anderson)

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