Collins, Jimenez promoted to Double-A Birmingham

Prospect duo combined for 33 homers, 106 RBIs in Carolina League

Zack Collins and Eloy Jimenez have been promoted to Double-A Birmingham. (Winston-Salem Dash)

By Winston-Salem Dash | August 15, 2017 3:47 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2017) - Catcher Zack Collins and outfielder Eloy Jimenez, two of the top prospects in the White Sox system, have earned their first career promotions to Double-A Birmingham, the White Sox announced on Tuesday.

Collins, the White Sox first-round pick a season ago, hit .223 with 17 home runs and 48 RBIs with the Dash in 2017, with his 17 homers tied for third in the Carolina League. Behind the plate, the former University of Miami star has thrown out 45-of-111 (41%) would-be base stealers this season, the third-best mark in the CL. A Midseason Carolina League All-Star, Collins shined in his final 11 games with the Dash, sporting a .343 (12-for-35) clip and a 1.186 OPS in the month of August.

The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native has spent all but three games of his professional career in the Triad, suiting up in the Dash purple 137 times across 2016 and 2017. In his time with Winston-Salem, Collins posted a .232 average with 23 homers, 66 RBIs and 25 doubles. The 22-year-old joined the record books at BB&T Ballpark earlier this season, smashing the second-ever walk-off grand slam at the downtown facility in an 11-inning, 8-4 win over the Carolina Mudcats on July 10.

Jimenez dominated the Carolina League since joining the Dash via the Jose Quintana trade between the White Sox and Cubs on July 13. In his 29 games with Winston-Salem, the fifth-best prospect in baseball per Baseball America hit .345 (38-for-110) with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and a 1.092 OPS, all of which led the CL during this stretch.

The Dominican Republic native garnered the Carolina League's Player of the Week award for the week of August 7-13 thanks to a .385 average (10-for-26) with three homers and seven runs driven in over that six-game span. The 20-year-old was also tabbed as the White Sox Minor League Co-Player of the Month in July alongside Winston-Salem alumnus Jake Peter.

In 2017, Jimenez snagged his second straight Midseason All-Star nod and SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game selection, all while abusing Carolina League pitching to the tune of a .302 average with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs. The former Cubs farmhand is tied for fifth in the CL in homers, while his .302 mark would be second-best in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.

The White Sox announced several other transactions that have affected the Dash's roster. Catcher Daniel Gonzalez and infielder Toby Thomas have returned to the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis and Double-A Birmingham, respectively, and infielder Matt Rose has been activated off the disabled list. Outfielder Luis Basabe has been placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to August 13.

The Dash and the Pelicans continue their five-game, four-day series on Tuesday with a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. Winston-Salem will pay homage to its previous moniker by donning Warthogs jerseys in game one of the twin bill. For tickets and more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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