4. Eloy Jimenez, OF
The Cubs landed an incredible crop of intriguing young prospects in international free agency in the summer of 2013. They blew past their budget and landed a nice crop of potential future stars.
Eloy Jimenez was considered by most to be the best prospect in that 2013 international free agency class, and the Cubs signed him to a $2.8 million signing bonus as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic.
Jimenez is a potentially dynamic outfielder with good athleticism and strong raw power. Now 18-years-old, Jimenez is listed at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. While he struggled a bit at the Arizona Rookie League last season, his tools still flashed enormous potential.
He is a smooth fielding outfielder with a strong arm and above-average running speed. At the plate, Jimenez is very inconsistent at his young age. He needs to learn how to work the count better, and there is too much swing and miss to his game.
That being said, when Jimenez does make contact, it is almost always with authority. He has a quick swing that generates a lot of line-drive power, and as he grows up and fills out, more power is expected to come.
Jimenez did struggle last season hitting .227/.268/.367 in 150 at-bats, but it is important to keep in mind that he was a 17-year-old playing in the United States for the very first time. It is very fair to expect a learning curve in this scenario.
Jimenez is a potentially dynamic player who could rocket up the prospect charts with a strong 2015 campaign. Expect him to return to Arizona for the Rookie League to start next season, but if he shows improvement, he could easily be in line for a call-up once the Low-A short season begins.