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Eloy Jimenez is a potent Johnny Damon Jersey , dangerous power hitter who's poised to crash the MLB party. That's Part A, and while it's an important part, it's not the whole story.Here's Part B, and it's the truly scary bit for opposing pitchers: The power is merely the opening act in his hitting performance.As he stands on the doorstep of big league stardom, Jimenez looks like a player capable of not merely clearing the fences with regularity but also minimizing his strikeouts and maximizing his batting average.Think Aaron Judge melded with vintage Miguel Cabrera. Jimenez has yet to play a big league inning...but yes, we're going there.In 2013, MLB.com rated a 16-year-old Jimenez the top international prospect. In August of that year, he signed with the Chicago Cubs.In July 2017, the Cubs sent Jimenez to the crosstown Chicago White Sox in a deal that netted left-hander Jose Quintana and may soon haunt the Cubbies.Quintana logged a 3.74 ERA after the trade in 2017 and a 4.03 ERA on the North Side in 2018. Meanwhile, Jimenez is preparing for liftoff.In 2018, Jimenez split his time between the ChiSox's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, where he combined for a .337/.384/.577 slash line. He turned 22 in November but has little left to prove in the minors."I look at him as the Babe Ruth of our generation," White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech told reporters Saturday. Hyperbole aside, it speaks to the deserved hype Jimenez is generating.Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated PressThe modern game has been defined by sluggers who strike out and go deep with regularity. In his 2017 Rookie of the Year campaign, Judge paced MLB with 208 whiffs but balanced the ledger with an American League-leading 52 long balls.What if a guy could replicate that pop while striking out less frequently and making more consistent contact?Jimenez teased that potential by striking out just 69 times in 456 plate appearances last season. Compare that to Judge's 152 strikeouts in 498 plate appearances in 2018.Maybe comparing MiLB stats to MLB stats is apples and oranges. How about this? In his age-22 season between Single-A and High-A in 2014, Judge struck out 131 times in 563 plate appearances. The contrast stands."I just try to hit the ball on the barrel Masahiro Tanaka Jersey ," Jimenez told Knights TV in July, per Steve Lyttle of the Charlotte Observer.Is it really that simple? For him, apparently it is. Here, let's introduce some visual evidence. It's from 2017 and, to be fair, from a High-A Home Run Derby, but it's always fun to watch a guy smash lights:In 2016, while playing in the Arizona Fall League, Jimenez smoked a 119.4 mph ground ball, the fifth-highest exit velocity ever recorded by Statcast at the time. Keep in mind, he was roughly a month shy of his 20th birthday.Jimenez rates as an average outfielder at best with moderate speed and a suspect throwing arm. His long-term future could be as a first baseman or designated hitter. Again, though, a guy with eye-opening power and impressive contact capabilities by the name of Miguel Cabrera carved out quite a career at those positions.The White Sox will almost certainly keep Jimenez down for a bit longer because of service-time considerations, even if he sets the exhibition slate on fire."He is going to be, in our opinion, a tremendous player for the White Sox for a long time Paul O'Neill Jersey , and we all think he's going to make a significant impact on this team this year and spend the bulk, if not all, of the season in Chicago," general manager Rick Hahn said, per Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. "When exactly that time starts remains to be seen."Read between the lines, and it's pretty obvious where this is headed. Just ask another Windy City star, Kris Bryant.Whenever Jimenez debuts, the baseball world will be watching. Can he translate his low-whiff, high-average, massive-power approach at the highest level and help redefine the modern slugger?Stay tuned...and prepare to pop your popcorn.All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference. It’s far too early for mock drafts, but we’re going to write about one anyway."With the 2018 season in the rearview mirror and fading fast, prospect season is quickly approaching. That means the slow trickle of information about the 2019 amateur draft is slowly gaining momentum. MLB Pipeline released their first top 50 draft prospects list for next season on Wednesday morning, followed up by an early mock draft on Thursday. With the fifth overall selection, the Detroit Tigers are in an excellent position to further bolster the rapidly-improving farm system. With a pick so high, there will surely be a toolsy young batter or polished, high-upside pitcher available. The experts over at MLB.com predict the player in Detroit’s crosshairs will be Duke lefthander Graeme Stinson. Stinson profiles similarly to how current Tigers prospect Alex Faedo did as a collegian.Slinging a plus fastball from a funky delivery — although Stinson’s contains fewer red flags — and confounding hitters with a devastating slider http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , he buries Division I competition in strikeouts. It’s generally accepted that D1 Baseball’s talent level is somewhere between Low- and High-A, putting his current production on par with frontline arms in the Whitecaps and Flying Tigers rotations. Unlike many of Detroit’s arms, however, Stinson doesn’t have to develop a changeup from scratch. He had a feel for the offering as far back as high school, which most prospects don’t do. While the slider has become his weapon of choice, the change hasn’t fallen by the wayside either. MLB Pipeline projects it to be a major-league average pitch. That is enough to keep guys off balance and send them packing with one of his other pitches.“[Stinson’s] change up was his best secondary pitch,” wrote Perfect Game back in 2016, before the emergence of his breaking ball. “[It] has some deception with good arm speed and late diving action.”The parallels to Faedo don’t end there, but it gets less rosy from here on out. Faedo, of course, was not regarded nearly as well by evaluators in 2018 as at the time he was drafted due to a drop-off in stuff. There were whispers that the loss of pep in Faedo’s fastball was due to poor conditioning over the offseason. Stinson is referred to as already being soft-bodied in MLB.com’s scouting report. Every pitcher is different, of course, and it’d be foolish to judge one by the successes and failures of another. That said, it’s difficult to put these pitchers side-by-side and not see red flags.Others may be bothered if the Tigers select Stinson for another reason: he’s a pitcher. The farm is already well-stocked with arms, from Auburn University phenom Casey Mize to recent infield convert Carlos Guzman, to everything in between http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , Detroit doesn’t lack for intriguing pitching prospects. Taking another pitcher would be throwing away an opportunity to pick up an impact bat to supplement the cream of the crop.Going with another pitcher might not be a totally unreasonable thing to do, though. Pitchers wash out at a stunning rate and are a much higher injury risk than position players. Any team who wants to take the DIY route to a solid pitching staff needs to stock up on as many young arms as they can.There are other options tooIf the Tigers want to grab another polished arm but are scared off from Stinson due to his lack of athleticism, or would rather take a higher-upside arm, Cater Stewart might be a fit. If that name rings a bell, it’s because he was drafted eighth overall by the Atlanta Braves in 2018. The two were unable to reach a contract agreement due to a wrist issue. He instead shipped off to join the college ranks and will play with Eastern Florida State Junior College next year. Stewart will be draft-eligible again in 2019. Perfect Game recently ranked him as the fifth-best talent in the class, right in line with the Tigers’ first round selection. The dynamic fastball-curveball combination that landed him a spot in the top 10 of last year’s draft, combined with an extra season’s worth of polish, could be enough to lure Detroit’s attention.Regardless of what happens, we still have six months before we find out who general manager Al Avila and company zero in on. At this point last year, Florida righthander Brady Singer was the prohibitive favorite to be picked first overall by Detroit, and he ended up falling to Kansas City with the 18th pick. There is still plenty time for things to change.In the meantime, enjoy this video of Stinson making hitters look silly.

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