Near the end of the 1984 film The Natural, protagonist Roy Hobbs — by then, an injured veteran slugger — wins the pennant for his team when he hits a home run into the lights in right field.
Outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the Cubs’ No. 1 prospect, participated in the Carolina League (Single-A) Home Run Derby on Monday evening. He channeled his inner Roy Hobbs when he hit a home run into the lights beyond the left field fence.
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Despite the impressive feat, Jimenez was unable to make it into the finals of the Derby. Sicnarf Loopstok and Jacob Gatewood were the finalists.
Jimenez, 20, signed with the Cubs in August 2013 as an international prospect on a $2.8 million signing bonus. This season, with High-A Myrtle Beach, Jimenez is hitting .278/.381/.546 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 113 plate appearances.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.
Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.
Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.