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Jimenez focused on becoming complete player

White Sox top prospect is off to a fast start at Double-A Birmingham
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CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez has the look of a Major League-ready baseball player. Seven straight multi-hit games for the outfielder with Double-A Birmingham supports that hypothesis, even after he was sidelined at the season's outset by a mild left pectoral strain.

But the White Sox No. 1 prospect, and No. 4 overall per MLB Pipeline, isn't worried about that eventual call to the big leagues.

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CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez has the look of a Major League-ready baseball player. Seven straight multi-hit games for the outfielder with Double-A Birmingham supports that hypothesis, even after he was sidelined at the season's outset by a mild left pectoral strain.

But the White Sox No. 1 prospect, and No. 4 overall per MLB Pipeline, isn't worried about that eventual call to the big leagues.

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"That's not something I can tell you, because I don't have control of it," said Jimenez through interpreter Billy Russo during a Tuesday conference call. "That's something the front office has to deal with, and in my case, I just try to handle the things I can control. Work hard every day and perform. That's the only things."

Jimenez, 21, entered Tuesday with a .324 average, a .999 OPS, six home runs, six doubles and 20 RBIs in 18 games. But he knows there are still boxes to check and improvements to be made as he climbs toward that ultimate destination.

"I know I can be better with strike zone recognition, and I know I can be better in the outfield, too," Jimenez said. "Those are aspects of my games I try to focus on.

"It's not just my offense. I always try to improve all around, because if you want to be a good baseball player, you have to be good in all the aspects of the game."

Moncada on the mend

Yoan Moncada plans to run Wednesday to truly gauge the condition of his tight left hamstring, which placed him on the disabled list this past Saturday.

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"I'm going to run tomorrow just to see how I'm feeling," said Moncada through Russo. "It's just a test."

Moncada feels good doing pretty much anything else baseball-related. He said that his goal is to return to action in Pittsburgh when he's eligible to come off the disabled list next week.

"He's doing a lot of exercises," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "They're doing everything just to make sure that we minimize any aspect that might reoccur. Strengthen him. We'll have to put him through some speed work first, and when he gets through all that, I'm sure he'll be back and ready to go."

Gonzalez making progress

Miguel Gonzalez threw live batting practice before Tuesday's game with the Pirates, as he continues his rehab work in relation to right rotator cuff inflammation.

Gonzalez got up and down three times Tuesday in simulated action, per Renteria.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Renteria said. "Then we can make a determination as to what we will or will not do or how we'll progress."

Outfielder Avisail Garcia, on the disabled list due to a right hamstring strain, was one of the guys standing in the box as Gonzalez pitched. He also took batting practice a few days ago.

"He's doing very, very well," Renteria said. "Looked good, felt good. Today, he hit off Miggy, tracking balls, his swing looked fine. Again, it's about building him up, his leg strength. As far as how he physically feels in general, he feels good. No discomfort."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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