Eloy Jimenez's offseason campaign in the Dominican Republic likely has come to an end.The White Sox had planned to shut down their top prospect after just a few weeks with Gigantes del Cibao, but a recent quad injury accelerated that timeline and could now keep him out of action until
Eloy Jimenez's offseason campaign in the Dominican Republic likely has come to an end.
The White Sox had planned to shut down their top prospect after just a few weeks with Gigantes del Cibao, but a recent quad injury accelerated that timeline and could now keep him out of action until Spring Training, reports Bruce Levine of Chicago's 670thescore.com.
Prior to the injury, the No. 3 overall prospect had produced a robust .448/.500/.759 line, hitting safely in all eight games for Gigantes. Along the way, Jimenez totaled two home runs -- including one in his final game on Dec. 11 -- three doubles and nine RBIs.
The White Sox sent the 22-year-old outfielder to the Dominican for extra work after a regular season in which he hit .337/.384/.577 with 22 homers, 28 doubles and 75 RBIs over 108 games between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.
Here's a look at how top prospects, as well as some other notable players, are performing so far in offseason leagues.
Michael Gettys, OF, Padres -- A tour of the Australian Baseball League last offseason did wonders for Buddy Reed's development, so the Padres are hoping that Gettys, a former Padres Top 30 prospect, will take a similar path. The 23-year-old outfielder is tied for the league lead in both home runs (six) and RBIs (20) and sports a .315/.386/.685 slash line through 20 games. During the regular season, Gettys totaled 15 homers and 17 steals but slashed just .230/.290/.399 with a 33.8 percent strikeout rate over 125 games at Double-A San Antonio.
D.J. Burt, 2B, Royals' No. 28 -- The 2014 fourth-round pick went 5-for-11 with two doubles and a stolen base over the weekend as he improved his average to .318 through 20 games for the Melbourne Aces. The 23-year-old second baseman spent the entire regular season at Class A Advanced Wilmington, hitting .280/.367/.371 with 24 extra-base hits and 32 stolen bases over 111 games.
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, Padres' No. 1 -- The No. 2 overall prospect has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games for Estrellas, though only one of those contests was a multi-hit effort. The 19-year-old shortstop has still managed four doubles and a triple in that span, while his knack for getting on base has resulted in him scoring nine runs. On the season, Tatis owns a .263/.379/.488 line with 11 extra-base hits, seven steals and 17 runs through 23 games.
Genesis Cabrera, LHP, Cardinals' No. 13 -- Cabrera has been a bullpen force so far in the DWL and has now compiled seven scoreless innings, during which he's permitted two hits with 14 strikeouts, over his last 10 appearances. Altogether, the 22-year-old left-hander -- acquired from Tampa Bay last July in the Tommy Pham trade -- has pitched to a 1.26 ERA and .152 BAA with 21/2 K/BB in 14 1/3 frames (20 appearances) for Tigres del Licey.
Ian Miller, OF, Mariners' No. 26 -- Even after playing 114 regular-season games at Triple-A Tacoma and another 18 in the Arizona Fall League, Miller is getting in even more work with Tomateros de Culiacan. Through 23 games, Miller has hit .298/.374/.415 with seven extra-base hits and six steals. And although he recently went unselected in the Rule 5 Draft, Miller's speed and ability to center field still should at some point get him to the Major Leagues.
Isan Diaz, 2B, Marlins' No. 9 -- Diaz owns a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 contests for Gigantes de Carolina. He's produced a .400/.450/.571 line with one home run and eight RBIs during that 10-game stretch, and overall, Diaz has slashed .299/.357/.414 with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in 25 games this offseason. Although the 22-year-old second baseman was challenged this past season in the upper Minors and hit just .232 in 119 games between Double-A and Triple-A, he still finished with 13 homers, 23 doubles and 14 steals while reaching base at a .340 clip.
Gage Hinsz, RHP, Pirates' No. 19 -- Hinsz has been sharp in his two recent starts for Gigantes, tossing six scoreless frames in back-to-back outings. He was especially good in his latest turn on Dec. 12, when he struck out eight batters, scattered four hits and recorded nine ground-ball outs. Overall, four of Hinsz's five starts this offseason have been of the scoreless variety, giving the 22-year-old righty a 1.08 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 25 innings.
Yonathan Daza, OF, Rockies' No. 18 -- Daza has tallied 17 hits including four doubles en route to a .309 average in 14 games since joining Tiburones de La Guaira. A plus runner who swiped 31 bases in 2017, Daza was limited to 54 games this past season at Double-A Hartford, where he stole just four bases but still hit .306. The 24-year-old outfielder is one of the better pure hitters in Colorado's system, with a .310/.351/.419 line in 594 games over parts of eight seasons in the Minors.
Anthony Jimenez, OF, Mariners' No. 30 -- Jimenez collected hits in four of five games and had three multi-hit performances last week for Cardenales de Lara. The 23-year-old outfielder has swung the bat well so far in limited action, compiling a .281 average through 15 games. In 102 regular-season games with Class A Advanced Modesto, Jimenez slashed .262/.314/.377 with 29 extra-base hits and 13 steals.
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