Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez takes home MiLBY for Breakout Prospect of 2016
Eloy Jimenez had an excellent season at the plate that began with Low-A South Bend, included a trip to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in San Diego and ended on the field with High-A Myrtle Beach celebrating a championship.
Jimenez was the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year and the Cubs named him the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year.
MiLB.com announced Monday that Eloy Jimenez was the staff’s choice for the MiLBY Award for Breakout Prospect of 2016.
Eloy Jimenez batted .329/.329/.532 with 40 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs for a .901 OPS in 112 games for Low-A South Bend. Jimenez played mainly left field (86 games) and saw some time in right field (11) where he is projected to play in the majors.
Jimenez showed improvement at the plate, and the Cubs would like to see more plate discipline and better pitch recognition from the young slugger. The Cubs believe his walk total (25) will increase with experience. Jimenez made several steps forward in his development from the player he was during the 2015 season with Short-Season Eugene in the Northwest League.
The 19-year old Jimenez (turns 20 on Nov. 27) is compared often to Jorge Soler. Jimenez has the same power potential and is a comparable player to Soler. Jimenez has shown the ability to stay on the field, one major area of concern for Soler. Jimenez has played in 211 games over three minor league seasons. Soler played in 166 games in five seasons, including rehab assignments.
Eloy Jimenez finished second in the Midwest League in batting average (.329), 12th in OBP (.369), first in slugging percentage (.532), first in OPS (.901), first in doubles (40), second in total bases (230), tied for the fourth most home runs (14) and second in RBI (81) this past season.
In three games with High-A Myrtle Beach in the Mills Cup Championship Series, Jimenez went 3-for-11 with two walks and two RBI.
Eloy Jimenez is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League and on Monday was named an All-Star.