Eloy Jimenez is the 22-year-old powerhouse outfielder, who is a top five prospect in baseball, and the number one prospect for the White Sox. Jimenez hit .355 in Triple-A last season, and .317 in Double-A. He had 22 HR combined in 108 games, and looks to be everything as advertised. There is nobody currently stopping Jimenez from being called up on the current roster, although service time is always something that can dictate these things. If Jimenez continues to tear it up in the Minor Leagues this season, he should be called up. Projection sources have Jimenez playing over 100 games this season, which would be excellent for the White Sox.
When Chicago traded Adam Eaton, they got Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito in return. The White Sox also have Carlos Rodon, which gives them a young rotation. They will also have Ivan Nova and Dylan Covey as back half guys as well. Lopez out-pitched his ERA estimators, and his flyball rate is a huge concern, especially in that ballpark. He has a good heater, and still has enticing upside. Giolito struggled last season, and mainly against left-handed hitters. There is a chance that Giolito is a huge bust, and ends up being run from this rotation fairly soon. Rodon missed most of the 2017 season, and he returned to the hill in 2018, which was a little bit worrisome with the strikeout stuff down. Patience is on their side, but some stability shown would help their case, and also make the White Sox an enticing underdog.
The Indians lost some firepower, and the rest of the division is wide open as most teams continue to rebuild. Chicago could end up with a sneaky good offense, and if the staff can even be average they could be dark horses at a wild card spot. Making a strong free agent signing would definitely enhance these chances, and the call-up of Eloy Jimenez would also be intriguing for their potential success. A lot would need to fall in their favor, but Chicago is putting together some strong pieces for the future.
Jose Abreu has been a named rumored to be on the move soon. He was an older rookie coming from Cuba, and is now 32 years old. He failed to hit the 100 RBI mark for the first time in his career last season, and is a .295 hitter in his career. He is definitely a wanted man by many in the league. If Chicago is out of it around the trade deadline, Abreu will be a guy teams target. He would also get a decent return, and at his age he likely isn’t in the White Sox long term plans. They have some power depth to make up for it the rest of the season, before they really need to replace his production.