WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2017) - The Carolina League unveiled its list of 2017 Year-End All-Stars on Thursday, and the Winston-Salem Dash are proud to announce that outfielder Eloy Jimenez has been named to the prestigious group. Jimenez has now earned back-to-back Postseason All-Star nods, garnering the honor in 2016 with Low-A South Bend in the Midwest League.
In 71 games in the Carolina League this season, Jimenez smashed his way to a .302 batting average, 16 home runs, 58 RBIs and a .945 OPS. Despite missing the first month of the season due to injury, the 20-year-old still put up All-Star numbers in the first half, posting seven homers and 22 RBIs en route to a 2017 Midseason Carolina League All-Star honor and his second consecutive SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game selection.
On July 13, Jimenez was dealt to the Chicago White Sox from the Chicago Cubs in a trade that included current Winston-Salem infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete, and now-Kannapolis right-hander Dylan Cease. The Sox sent big league lefty Jose Quintana to the Cubs for this impressive prospect group.
Even with the change of scenery, the right-handed slugger continued to dominate CL pitching, blasting eight homers and collecting 26 RBIs in 29 games as a member of the Dash. The top-ranked prospect compiled a slash line of .345/.410/1.092 during his short time in Winston-Salem, boosting himself to the Double-A level with the Birmingham Barons on August 15.
Jimenez was also named the White Sox Minor League Co-Player of the Month alongside Winston-Salem alumnus Jake Peter in July and the Carolina League Player of the Week from August 7-13.
The Dash have had at least one outfielder snag a Carolina League Year-End All-Star spot every season since 2014. Mason Robbins and Nick Basto, who finished first and second, respectively, in the CL batting race in 2016, earned the accolade last season, while big leaguer Adam Engel was tabbed in 2015 and Courtney Hawkins and Jason Coats both took home postseason honors in 2014.
Jimenez joins Frederick's Ademar Rifaela, who also took home league MVP honors, Buies Creek's Myles Straw and Potomac's Victor Robles as the four outfielders on the All-Star list.
Winston-Salem wraps up its three-game series with the Carolina Mudcats on Thursday at 7 p.m. from Five County Stadium. Right-hander A.J. Puckett (10-7, 4.10 ERA) is on the bump for the Dash against Carolina righty Zack Brown (3-0, 1.89 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. and will be broadcast on 600 AM WSJS and 101.3 FM locally in Winston-Salem, as well as online at wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App. For more information, visit wsdash.com.
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