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White Sox Final Report

Best player: OF Eloy Jimenez

Acquired from the rival Cubs in a July 13 trade, the 20-year-old Jimenez is not lacking confidence.

“I want to be the best player on the field every time I go out,” Jimenez said. “That’s why I’m working hard. I don’t want to be just another player. I want to be the best player.”

Jimenez backed up those strong words with his play this season. After the trade, he played in 29 games with high Class A Winston-Salem and hit .345/.410/.682 with eight homers. That earned him a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, where he slashed .353/.397/.559 with three homers in 18 games to close the season.

“I think his skill set is evident,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Every level brings its own challenges--even coming to the big leagues will bring its own challenges. But I think if he continues to maintain the consistency in which he’s going about doing what he’s doing, there’s no reason why he’s not going to continue to want to push that door open as soon as possible.”

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