Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox’ prized corner-outfield prospect, Luis Robert, a Cuban center-field prospect the Sox invested $52 million in, and Micker Adolfo, a strong-armed right fielder who as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic in 2013 got a team-record $1.6 million signing bonus, were talking about the future around the batting cage Tuesday. “The future” is a favorite topic most Sox fans have dived into for a year now. It’s a nice conversation, what with those three painting a nice outfield picture on future depth charts and many others seemingly giving a team that hasn’t sniffed a postseason nine years running a chance to maybe, just maybe, be consistently good in a couple of years. “Actually, just a few minutes ago when we were taking BP, we were talking about it,’’ said Jimenez, the acquisition from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade who, as the No. 4-ranked minor-leaguer in baseball, probably rates as the face of the Sox’ prospect stockpile. “Micker and Luis said, ‘Can you imagine if we had the opportunity one day to play together in the majors, right, left and center field? The three of us together having the opportunity to bring a championship to this team.’ I think that’s a dream for us, and we’re trying to work hard for that.’’ These are the kinds of words surfacing from spring training that help Sox fans plod through another week of cold, snow, rain, wet basements and more cold. Patience is key. Only Jimenez has a chance to see the big leagues this season, and all three of them will open in the minors, Jimenez likely where he left off at Class AA Birmingham and Robert and Adolfo at high Class A Winston-Salem, although Robert might be ticketed for low A Kannapolis depending on how he fares in Cactus League games, which begin Friday.
Jimenez, Robert, Adolfo envision future White Sox outfield
Chicago Sun-Times | Feb 21