Thursday's best: Jimenez makes big first impression with new club

Thursday's best: Jimenez makes big first impression with new club

Eloy Jimenez collected his share of memorable hits during his time in the Cubs' system. On Thursday, the No. 8 overall prospect picked up his first as a member of the White Sox, hitting a go-ahead two-run single for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem that proved the difference in a 3-2 win against his former team, Myrtle Beach.

The two Chicago organizations surprised the baseball world early Thursday with the announcement that the Cubs were trading Jimenez, along with right-hander Dylan Cease (No. 63 overall), first baseman Matt Rose and second baseman Bryant Flete, to the White Sox in a blockbuster deal for Jose Quintana.

Luckily for Jimenez -- who slots in behind Yoan Moncada as the White Sox No. 2 prospect -- the process of joining his new team was a simple as switching dugouts, as Myrtle Beach was already slated to play a four-game series in Winston-Salem beginning Thursday.

Starting in right field and batting fourth in his Dash debut, Jimenez popped out in his first at-bat before delivering a two-run single with two outs in the top of the third inning. The hit, coming on a 3-2 pitch with runners on second and third base, broke a 1-1 tie and ultimately put Winston-Salem up for good. It was his only hit in four at-bats.

Jimenez, a 20-year-old outfielder, batted .271 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 42 games this year with Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach prior to Thursday's trade. He appeared in his second straight SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game last Sunday after earning Carolina League All-Star honors and showing his light-tower (and light-breaking) power earlier this month in the circuit's home run derby.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday

No. 4 overall prospect J.P. Crawford (Phillies' No. 1) hit a solo homer off of Bartolo Colon in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's win over Rochester. It was the seventh homer of the season for the 22-year-old shortstop, who's now gone deep five times in 11 games in July after he totaled two in his previous 66 contests.

No. 26 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) went 2-for-4 both and Bo Bichette (No. 97 overall, Blue Jays' No. 5) went 3-for-5 in Class A Advanced Dunedin's loss against Tampa. The 18-year-old Guerrero's two hits, both singles, were his first since moving up to the Florida State League, while Bichette, 19, is now 5-for-13 through three games.

• In his first start since suiting up for the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, No. 64 overall prospect Mike Soroka (Braves' No. 4) returned to Double-A Mississippi's rotation to fire seven scoreless innings and pace the M-Braves in a shutout of Pensacola. The 19-year-old righty allowed four hits and struck out six while generating seven ground-ball outs and throwing 61 of his 94 pitches for strikes. He's 10-5 in 17 starts this season with a 2.37 ERA that ranks second among active Southern League hurlers.

No. 86 overall prospect Ronald Acuna's (Braves' No. 7) 13th home run marked his first Triple-A hit as he went on to go 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs in Gwinnett's rout of Charlotte. The 19-year-old outfielder was promoted to the Minors' highest level -- already his third level in 2017 -- after batting .326/.374/.520 with 24 extra-base hits including nine home runs in 57 games with Double-A Mississippi. He also tallied 19 stolen bases and 30 RBIs while scoring 29 runs.

• Orioles No. 4 prospect Ryan Mountcastle doubled and scored a pair of runs while going 5-for-5, though it wasn't enough to keep Class A Advanced Frederick from falling to Buies Creek, 6-5. The 20-year-old shortstop is the Carolina League's active leader in batting (.321) and doubles (34) and runs scored (62), and he owns a share of second place with 15 home runs.

Astros No. 7 prospect Teoscar Hernandez pushed his home run total to 10 with a pair of solo shots for Triple-A Fresno in their win over Tacoma. It was the 24-year-old outfielder's second two-homer game this season after he accomplished the feat on June 15.

• Yankees No. 9 prospect Miguel Andujar connected on a solo homer and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's win over Buffalo. The 22-year-old's second home run in three games was also his third since being promoted from Double-A Trenton, where he hit seven homers and 23 doubles in 67 games while hitting .312.

• Red Sox No. 10 prospect Brian Johnson fired seven scoreless innings to pace Triple-A Pawtucket in a shutout of Syracuse. Throwing 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes, the 26-year-old southpaw allowed three hits and two walks while striking out a pair. He's 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 10 starts this season with Pawtucket.

• Pirates No. 10 prospect Taylor Hearn recorded 10 of his 14 outs via the strikeout while allowing four hits in 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Bradenton. The double-digit strikeout performance marked a new career high for the 22-year-old lefty, who's punched out 106 batters in 87 1/3 innings (10.9 K/9) this season in the Florida State League.

Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint got back on track for Class A Advanced Florida as he racked up a season-high 10 strikeouts while tossing seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed six hits and three walks in the performance. Though the 21-year-old righty's ERA sits at 5.46 for the season, it's worth noting that he also has 104 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings, during which he's allowed just seven home runs.

• Rockies No. 15 prospect Jordan Patterson drove in five runs with a pair of home runs including a third-inning grand slam in Triple-A Albuquerque's win against Las Vegas. He has four home runs in his last four games and 16 in 82 games this season after Thursday's multi-homer performance, which also extended the 25-year-old's hitting streak to six games.

Mets No. 22 prospect Chris Flexen carried a no-hitter for Double-A Binghamton into the eighth inning before allowing a solo home run with one out. It was the only hit the 23-year-old righty would allow in eight innings, as he walked one and struck out nine while throwing a season-high 108 pitches (70 strikes). He owns a 5-1 record and a 1.73 ERA through six Double-A starts, with a 43-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 41 2/3 innings.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.