CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez had himself quite the week, shaking off some initial rust after returning from a mild pectoral strain.The top White Sox prospect and No. 4 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline owns a six-game multihit streak for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, a stretch in which he has posted
CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez had himself quite the week, shaking off some initial rust after returning from a mild pectoral strain.
The top White Sox prospect and No. 4 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline owns a six-game multihit streak for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, a stretch in which he has posted a .481/.500/.852 slash line with two home runs. Jimenez owns a 10-game overall hit streak and has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games.
Jimenez is showing why he has garnered so much hype, slugging .652 with a .999 OPS on the season entering Monday. He has more home runs (six) than doubles (five) and walks (four) and finished a triple shy of a cycle last Friday.
But Jimenez isn't the only White Sox prospect performing well. Here is a rundown of other notable performances from top Chicago farmhands:
Michael Kopech, RHP, Triple-A Charlotte
The No. 2 White Sox prospect and No. 10 overall prospect had been rolling along through his first five starts, pitching to a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings, striking out 35 against nine walks. But he hit his first speed bump Sunday.
Kopech needed 66 pitches to navigate three innings against the Cleveland Indians-affiliated Columbus Clippers, his shortest outing of the year. He gave up only one hit, but he issued four walks and struck out three while allowing two runs, driving up his pitch count.
Kopech, who turned 22 on April 30, also hit two batters, and he has now hit at least one batter in five of his six starts. In a recent conference call with reporters, Kopech said he didn't mind developing a reputation as someone who pitches aggressively inside.
"I wouldn't say I am a head-hunter," Kopech said. "But if you are leaning over the plate and get hit, that is not my fault."
Zack Collins, C, Double-A Birmingham
The White Sox No. 9 prospect, Collins opened the season in a dreadful 2-for-37 rut. He still walked a ton, however, drawing 13 free passes and resulting in an unusual .054/.294/.135 slash line.
But since April 24, Collins has turned around his season. He recently enjoyed a 10-game hitting streak, going 15-for-35 and drawing another 12 walks, scoring 11 runs and tallying five extra-base hits.
The 23-year-old has quadrupled his batting average to .230 and nearly doubled his OPS to .848 in the process. Collins continues to lead the Southern League in walks, with 28.
Dylan Cease, RHP, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Acquired with Jimenez as part of the Jose Quintana trade last season, Cease is mowing down Carolina League hitters for the Winston-Salem Dash.
Cease owns a 1.95 ERA through six starts (32 1/3 innings), striking out 42 against 14 walks. The 22-year-old's best start game last Tuesday, when he pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 12, while giving up just two hits and walking none.
The White Sox No. 5 prospect is already a third of the way toward his 2017 innings total of 93 1/3, a total that also represents a career high.
Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.