Eloy celebrates contract with perfect day

Top White Sox prospect goes 3-for-3 with solo homer, walk

Eloy Jimenez batted .355 with a .996 OPS in 55 games for Triple-A Charlotte last season. (Chicago White Sox)

By MiLB.com Staff | March 24, 2019 1:08 AM

Eloy Jimenez played like a man with a new contract. 

The top White Sox prospect homered and reached in all four plate appearances Saturday in a 5-1 Cactus League victory over the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. 

Jiménez, who signed a six-year, $43 million extension on Friday, walked in the first inning before lining a single off Brock Stewart in the second. MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect followed with an infield single in the fifth and powered up with a big fly to straightaway center field in the seventh.

"Now that the contract negotiation is done and I know that I'm going to fulfill my dream of playing in the big league, I don't have any distractions on my mind," Jiménez told MLB.com. "Now people are going to really see what I'm capable of doing because the only thing I have on my mind is to play baseball like I know I can do it. Today's game was just an example.

"During the game, I felt good. My swing was good, I was seeing the ball very good and I hit it hard. Today was a good day on and off the field, one of the best days that someone can have."

Jiménez is batting .241 with a .784 OPS in 10 Cactus League games. His new contract makes it easier for the White Sox to carry him on the Opening Day roster, although the team has not announced a move.

In other spring action:

Nationals 4, Cardinals 4

Victor Robles is making it difficult on the Nationals to send the outfielder back to the Minors. The team's top prospect continued his impressive spring by going 2-for-2 with a double. Robles has a .362/.475/.574 slash line with two homers, a triple, two doubles, 10 RBIs, 13 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 20 Grapefruit League games. Cardinals No. 28 prospect Max Schrock went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Fourth-ranked Dakota Hudson allowed three hits and a pair of walks while fanning three over six scoreless frames for the Redbirds. Box score

Mets 12, Atlanta 2

Top Mets prospect Pete Alonso continued his Grapefruit League tear with three hits, including a double, an RBI and three runs scored. The 24-year-old is hitting .375/.403/.641 with four homers, five doubles, 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored in 20 spring games. Third-ranked Ronny Mauricio went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored, while No. 16 Will Toffey doubled, walked and lifted a sacrifice fly for the winners. Fifth-ranked Braves prospect Austin Riley singled and walked in his only plate appearances. Box score

Red Sox 12, Pirates (ss) 3

Second-ranked Pirates prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes launched a three-run homer, his third of the spring, in the sixth inning. Bucs No. 8 prospect Bryan Reynolds contributed a pair of singles. Box score

Pirates (ss) 5, Phillies 3

No. 4 Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz clubbed his second spring dinger, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Bucs No. 15 prospect Will Craig worked a walk in the sixth and came around to score, while 18th-ranked Pablo Reyes collected a hit, a walk and a run scored. Box score

Blue Jays (ss) 7, Yankees 3

Blue Jays No. 25 prospect Samad Taylor lined a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and walked, while 30th-ranked Cal Stevenson singled and scored twice after entering as a pinch-runner. Right-hander Elvis Luciano (No. 28) recorded his first spring win after allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two over two innings of scoreless relief. Box score

Tigers 8, Rays 7

No. 8 prospect Christin Stewart put the Tigers on the board with a three-run double in the first inning and scored a run. Jose Azocar (No. 30) singled and also scored a run, while 16th-ranked Rays prospect Josh Lowe doubled and scored a run. Box score

Brewers 7 (ss), Rangers 3

Top Brewers prospect Keston Hiura delivered an RBI double and second-ranked Corey Ray plated another run with a sacrifce fly. Ray also doubled and stole a base, while 30th-ranked Trent Grisham singled and scored a run. For the Rangers, No. 12 prospect Chris Seise and 22nd-ranked Sherten Apostel both went 1-for-3 with a run scored and 20th-ranked A.J. Alexy fanned two and walked one in a scoreless frame. Box score

Blue Jays (ss) 8, Canada Junior Team 3

Blue Jays No. 2 prospect Bo Bichette doubled, walked, drove in one run and scored another, while third-ranked Danny Jansen singled in his lone at-bat. Box score 

Giants 3, D-backs 2 

Giants No. 22 prospect Aramis Garcia singled and came around to score, while 15th-ranked Melvin Adon struck out the side around two hits in the ninth for the save. D-backs No. 14 prospect Yoan Lopez retired both batters he faced, striking out one. Box score 

Offseason MiLB include

Padres 11, Angels 4

Padres No. 4 prospect Francisco Mejia singled twice and drove in three runs, boosting his Cactus League slash line to .364/.391/.659. Torii Hunter Jr. singled in his lone at-bat for the Angels. Box score

Twins 8, Orioles 7

Top Orioles prospect Yusniel Diaz drew a four-pitch walk and scored a run in the sixth inning. No. 7 Ryan McKenna went 1-for-1 with a bunt single. Box score

Astros 5, Marlins 0

Astros No. 23 prospect Abraham Toro went 2-for-4 with a double and 13th-ranked Ronnie Dawson scored on Jose Altuve's first spring homer. Astros right-hander Josh James, MLB.com's No. 62 overall prospect, allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning, while Dean Deetz (No. 20) fanned two in a spotless ninth to end the game. Box score

Rockies 11, Cubs 6

Third-ranked Rockies prospect Garrett Hampson went 1-for-2 with a triple in the seventh inning and a run scored. He knocked his Cactus League batting average to .286 with a .991 OPS. Box score

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