Eloy Jimenez, Trevor Clifton Honored As Cubs’ Minor Leaguers Of The Year

(CBS) The Cubs on Thursday named outfielder Eloy Jimenez their Minor League Player of the Year and right-hander Trevor Clifton their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The 19-year-old Jimenez was the Midwest League MVP after batting .329 with 14 homers, 81 RBIs and 65 runs in 112 games at Single-A South Bend. He led all Cubs minor leaguers in batting average and was second in RBIs. He’s rated the second-best prospect in the Cubs’ system by MLB Pipeline. The Cubs signed Jimenez as a non-drafted free agent in August 2013.

The 21-year-old Clifton was 7-7 with a 2.72 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 23 starts at Single-A Mrytle Beach, where he earned Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors. He struck out 129 batters in 119 innings and led the Carolina League in ERA and WHIP.┬áChicago selected Clifton in the 12th round of the 2013 draft. He’s the organization’s eighth-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

Jimenez and Clifton will be honored in a pregame ceremony by the Cubs when they host the Cardinals on Sept. 23.

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