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Jimenez quickly learning about White Sox

Trade was surprise, but OF prospect happy to be part of organization
MLB.com @scottmerkin

CHICAGO -- If Eloy Jimenez is being completely honest, he doesn't know much about the White Sox.

But the team's newly minted No. 2 prospect and No. 8 prospect in all of baseball per MLBPipeline.com, acquired Thursday as part of the five-player deal that sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs, will learn quickly.

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CHICAGO -- If Eloy Jimenez is being completely honest, he doesn't know much about the White Sox.

But the team's newly minted No. 2 prospect and No. 8 prospect in all of baseball per MLBPipeline.com, acquired Thursday as part of the five-player deal that sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs, will learn quickly.

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"I wasn't expecting to play here," said Jimenez, through interpreter Billy Russo, during a Friday afternoon conference call. "But a few friends of mine have been telling me about how good this organization is.

"It was a little surprising in the beginning, but like I said at the beginning of the season, you never know where you are going to find happiness. Right now, you can be playing for a specific organization, but you also have to play for the rest of the organizations in Major Leagues because this is a business."

Jimenez, 20, was joined by right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete as the return for Quintana. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Jimenez missed the first six weeks of the season with a right shoulder injury, and the outfielder has a .270 average with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 43 games.

After playing this season for Class A Myrtle Beach, Jimenez simply went across the field to Class A Winston-Salem for Thursday night's game. He finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Video: Eloy Jimenez on how he started playing baseball

"It felt weird at the beginning," said Jimenez of switching teams. "It was kind of a surreal situation, but once the game started and I was on the field, it was just baseball. The situation was less weird for me."

Through play in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, Jimenez knows future teammate Yoan Moncada. He also is familiar with Michael Kopech and Zack Collins, who became Jimenez's teammate with the Dash on Thursday.

His first love growing up was basketball, but Jimenez started playing baseball at nine years old and never looked back. The White Sox are happy he made that decision and to have him as part of their rebuilding mass of talent.

"My father introduced me to baseball," Jimenez said. "Basketball was my favorite sport. Then my father told me I needed to play another sport, and I did baseball. And you know, it wasn't as fun as it is right now, but I fell in love with the sport a few months after I started."

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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