CHICAGO, Ill — The Chicago White Sox announced the latest wave of roster cuts on Wednesday morning that included top hitting prospect Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Zack Collins and five others either being reassigned to minor league camp or their destination for the start of the season.
The biggest name on the list is obviously slugger Eloy Jimenez, who will begin the 2018 season in Double-A with the Birmingham Barons, where he finished the 2017 season. Eloy was sidelined for much of camp with tendinitis in his knee, but returned with a bang, slugging a pinch-hit home run against the Cubs this past Saturday afternoon.
Jimenez followed up his pinch-hit home run with a home run, a triple and a pair of walks against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon. Jimenez finishes his shortened stint in the major league camp with a .571 batting average (4 for 7), a pair of home runs, and three RBI.
Probably one of the most impressive prospects in camp this spring, Dylan Cease was optioned to minor league camp this morning. Cease posted a 2-0 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA in three starts. Cease struck out nine opposing hitters in his 6.1 innings of work this spring and posted a sub-one WHIP. Cease’s initial assignment in 2018 has not been announced as of this morning.
Zack Collins joins Dylan Cease in minor league camp, while Micker Adolfo and Luis Basabe were optioned to Single-A Winston-Salem where they will begin their 2018 season.
Below is this morning’s press release with a complete listing of the players on the move.