Eloy Jimenez was a revelation for the Chicago White Sox last season, but he believes that he can provide value beyond just his bat.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, the 23-year-old outfielder said that he was committed to improving his defense in left, per James Fegan of The Athletic. When asked if he would be OK with being a designated hitter, Jimenez bluntly replied, “No, f— that.”
Jimenez had a breakout rookie season in 2019, hitting .267 with 31 home runs and 79 RBI in just 122 games. Those numbers were good enough for a fourth-place finish in American League Rookie of the Year voting.
The White Sox just signed former All-Star slugger Edwin Encarnacion earlier this month, so Jimenez’s repugnance toward DH’ing is probably a good sign. His dedication to his defense is also a positive considering the long-term commitment that the White Sox have already made to him.
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