(CBS) A 20-year-old native of the Dominican Republic and one of baseball’s top prospects, Eloy Jimenez continues to have dual focuses after last week’s trade from the Cubs organization to the White Sox.
He’s working on his baseball skills and his English skills. The former is what has often come so naturally. The latter is something he’s made quality progress in since debuting with the Cubs organization in 2014 and hopes to continue improving on as well.
“I learn, every day, something new,” Jimenez said of picking up a second language during an interview he had with Matt Spiegel and Barry Rozner on 670 The Score. “My English right now is kind of OK, but I know I can get better every day.
“That’s going to help me, because the hitting coaches and other staff working with me won’t need a translator. That is good for me. I’ll feel good about that.”
On the field, Jimenez cited plate discipline as one area he’s working on. He’s hitting .279 with eight homers, 37 RBIs and an .858 OPS in 45 games this season at high Class-A. He’s struck out 37 times and drawn 22 walks.