#Cubs honor prospects Jimenez, Clifton
The Cubs named outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed pitcher Trevor Clifton the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two prospects will be honored at Wrigley Field prior to the Sept. 23 game against the Cardinals.
Jimenez, 19, was named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year after batting .329 with 40 doubles, three triples, 14 homers, 65 runs scored and 81 RBIs in 112 games with Class A South Bend. He led the league in doubles, slugging percentage (.532) and OPS (.901), ranked second in RBIs and total bases (230) and ranked third in batting average. He also led all Cubs’ Minor Leaguers in average and was second in RBIs.
Clifton, 21, went 7-7 with a 2.72 ERA in 23 starts with Class A Myrtle Beach, earning Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors. He led all Cubs’ Minor Leaguers, and ranked third in the Carolina League, with 129 strikeouts in 119 innings pitched. He was named as both a Carolina League mid-season and post-season All-Star, leading the league in ERA and WHIP (1.16).
Clifton made two post-season starts with Myrtle Beach, allowing one run over 12 innings, including six scoreless innings in Game Three of the Mills Cup Championship Series on Tuesday.
A 12th round Draft pick in 2013, he is ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB Pipeline.