Cubs prospect OF Eloy Jimenez records four hits including first career Grand Slam
Eloy Jimenez continued tearing up the Midwest League on Friday night in South Bend’s 11-7 victory over Lake County. Jimenez went 4-for-5 with two doubles, four runs scored and launched the first Grand Slam of his career in the fifth inning. Jimenez’s slam traveled an estimated 440-450 feet.
With around five weeks left in the minor league regular season, Eloy Jimenez has already put up impressive numbers after a slow start in what is his first year of full-season baseball.
Jimenez is only 19 years old and he leads the Midwest League in most offensive categories. Jimenez has 119 hits on the season in 91 games and 46 of those have gone for extra bases.
With two doubles on Friday, Jimenez has 32 doubles on the season and the first slam of his career was the 12th time this season he’s trotted around the bases in a South Bend Cubs game.
Eloy Jimenez is batting .338/.376/.543 with 32 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs for a .918 OPS. Jimenez has twice as many total bases (191) as games played (91). And most of the damage he’s done has been over the last three months.
Jimenez hit only .284/.326/.420 in 20 games in April with six doubles, a triple and a home runs for a .746 OPS.
Over his last 26 games, Jimenez is batting .330/.366/.564 for a .930 OPS and 13 of his 31 hits in 94 at bats have gone for extra bases (eight doubles, a triple, four home runs).
Eloy Jimenez will likely spend the off-season ranked as the second best prospect in the Cubs’ system behind 2B/OF Ian Happ. Jimenez had opened a lot of eyes this season and put his name on the baseball map with his performance in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.