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Sox add top prospect Jimenez to 40-man

Team also protects Gillaspie, Adolfo, Basabe and Clarkin from Rule 5 Draft
MLB.com @scottmerkin

CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com and No. 4 overall, was one of five players added to the White Sox 40-man roster with their contracts purchased Monday.

Major League Baseball had a 7 p.m. CT deadline to add players to the 40-man and avoid their exposure to Rule 5 Draft selection on Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. First baseman Casey Gillaspie (No. 11 White Sox prospect), outfielder Micker Adolfo (No. 14), outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 17) and left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin (No. 21) also were added.

CHICAGO -- Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com and No. 4 overall, was one of five players added to the White Sox 40-man roster with their contracts purchased Monday.

Major League Baseball had a 7 p.m. CT deadline to add players to the 40-man and avoid their exposure to Rule 5 Draft selection on Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. First baseman Casey Gillaspie (No. 11 White Sox prospect), outfielder Micker Adolfo (No. 14), outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 17) and left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin (No. 21) also were added.

Right-handed pitchers Tyler Danish and Chris Beck were outrighted off the 40-man roster to Triple-A Charlotte, leaving the White Sox 40-man at 39.

Jimenez, who turns 21 on Nov. 27, recently finished action in the Dominican Winter League with a .368 average, five doubles, four home runs and 21 RBIs. He completed the 2017 season with three home runs and seven RBIs for Double-A Birmingham, following a promotion from Class A Winston-Salem, and figures to start the '18 season with the Barons. With continued offensive prowess, Jimenez could force his way to the big leagues at some point during the upcoming campaign after being acquired on July 13 from the Cubs as the centerpiece of the five-player Jose Quintana deal.

Adolfo, 21, turned in his best performance as part of the White Sox by hitting .264 with 16 home runs, 28 doubles and 68 RBIs for Class A Kannapolis. Gillaspie, 24, had six home runs and 18 RBIs for Triple-A Charlotte after coming over from the Rays in the Dan Jennings trade, but might figure into the '18 White Sox plans.

The switch-hitting Basabe, 21, came to the White Sox as part of the Chris Sale deal and hit .221 with five homers, 36 RBIs, five triples and 17 stolen bases for Winston-Salem. Clarkin, 22, becomes the fourth player added Monday from an in-season White Sox trade after the southpaw, acquired from the Yankees in a seven-player deal, had a solid and healthy Instructional League.

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Danish, 23, was the team's second-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Plant City, Fla. He picked up Major League victory No. 1 during his lone start for the White Sox in '17, striking out six and walking six over five innings, and made three relief appearances in '16. Danish finished 4-14 with a 5.47 ERA over 26 games and 25 starts for the Knights, and survived a car accident in Jacksonville, Fla., with minor injuries after his car was hit by a semi on his way home following the '17 Minor League season.

Beck, 27, was a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft. He has a career 6.38 ERA over 83 career appearances with the White Sox, while posting a 3.79 ERA over the first half of this past season but finishing with a 9.63 ERA over his final 24 games.

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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