(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. Chicago 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.