Jimenez, Clifton earn #Cubs Minor League honors
The Cubs named Class A South Bend outfielder Eloy Jimenez and Class A Myrtle Beach right-handed pitcher Trevor Clifton the Minor League player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively.
Jimenez, 19, batted .364 (40-for-110) with eight doubles, seven homers, 17 runs scored and 23 RBI in 28 games in May. He drew seven walks, contributing to a .407 OBP, and posted a 1.034 OPS. His .364 average and 23 RBI ranked second in the Midwest League, while his seven homers tied for second.
Clifton, 21, went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA (4 ER over 28 IP) in five May starts, striking out 35 batters while walking seven. He tossed three consecutive scoreless outings, May 12-24, giving up 11 hits over 17 innings. His 1.29 ERA and 35 strikeouts both ranked second-best in the Carolina League, while his three wins were tied for third most.