Chicago Cubs: Top 30 Prospects- No. 20 to No. 11
#14 Eloy Jimenez (OF)
2015 Stats (Eugene Emeralds)
.284/.328/.418, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 232 AB, 66 H
Jimenez was signed in August of 2013 from the international market. Jimenez landed a $2.8 million bonus as the top ranked and most expensive prospect out of the international market. At that time, he was just 16-years-old and was compared to Jorge Soler.
Now at 18-years-old, Jimenez has raw power and fits the profile of right field perfectly. He made his pro debut in the US at age 17 and did not look overmatched. Spending the 2015 season with short-season Eugene, Jimenez clubbed seven homers and drove in 33 in 57 games. He also batted .284 with 232 at-bats and 10 doubles.
He has impressive bat speed and leverage and his plate discipline and pitch recognition will increase his chances of tapping into his home run power. Defensively, Jimenez has a strong-arm with average speed which makes him perfect for right field.
He does need to improve the accuracy of his throws, though. Jimenez looks to really advance in the higher levels of A ball in 2016. Even though he is only 19, he very well could be in the big leagues within a few years, making him either 21 or 22 when he comes to the Cubs.