Jimenez was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Jimenez continued to excel at the Double-A level with Birmingham this season, slashing .317/.368/.556 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI through 53 games. Though he's only hit .256 since June 4, it was evident the 21-year-old was ready for the next step in his professional career. The White Sox could elect to bring him up to the majors sometime later this year, but the club will gain an extra year of control on the prospect if they elect to keep him at Triple-A until 2019.
Jimenez will need a stop at Triple-A Charlotte before joining the White Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Jimenez has cooled off a bit at Double-A Birmingham, having gone 5-for-22 since June 3, but still leads the Southern League with a .576 slugging percentage. His bat appears to be MLB-ready; however, his defense lags behind his offense.
Jimenez has missed the last two games for Double-A Birmingham after being drilled by a pitch on his side, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. It's unclear when Jimenez will return to the lineup, and he'll be listed as day-to-day until the severity of the injury is determined. Through 44 games this season, he's batting .324 with 10 homers and 40 RBI.
Jimenez was named the Southern League Player of the Month for May, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Jimenez led the circuit in OPS (1.082), hits (40), extra-base hits (18) and slugging (.664) for Double-A Birmingham in May. He was also tied for third in home runs (six) and second in RBI (25). The White Sox's top prospect is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak and owns the league's longest streak of the season (15). The 21-year-old, who's expected to reach Chicago at some point this season, is confident he can hit in the majors now, but with only 60 games of experience at Double-A, the White Sox may take the conventional approach and give him exposure to Triple-A before he lands in the Windy City.
Jimenez appears to be on track for a promotion to Triple-A before the All-Star break, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio reports. "Traditionally you tend not to do too many promotions before the halfway mark," general manager Rick Hahn said. "Certainly the way Eloy has performed thus far, might require an adjustment here in the coming weeks." The White Sox weren't going to skip Jimenez over Triple-A, so he needs to get that promotion before he can be on the verge of a promotion to the majors. The slugging phenom is hitting .409 with four home runs over his last 10 games -- a hot streak that has prompted this conversation. On the season, he is hitting .333/.357/.679 with seven home runs and a 13:4 K:BB in 78 at-bats with Double-A Birmingham. Assuming Jimenez stays healthy, he will undoubtedly be deserving of a big-league promotion sometime this summer, but it will come down to whether the White Sox are willing to sacrifice an extra year of control or if they are intent on maximizing his at-bats in a White Sox uniform by holding him down until April 2019.