The Cubs named the South Bend’s Eloy Jimenez as their Minor League Player of the Year and Myrtle Beach’s Trevor Clifton as their Minor League Pitcher of the Year! The two players will be honored in a ceremony at Wrigley Field on Friday, September 23 before the Cubs game with the Cardinals.
The 19-year-old Jimenez played the entire season with South Bend where he hit .329/.369/.532 with 14 home runs and 81 RBI in 112 games. He also played in the SiriusXM Futures Game during the All-Star Game weekend where he hit a home run and made a terrific catch over the wall in right field in foul territory.
After South Bend was eliminated in the Midwest League playoffs, Jimenez was promoted to Myrtle Beach where he played the final three games in their successful Carolina League title quest.
Jimenez was the star signing of the 2013 international free agent crop out of the Dominican Republic.
The 21-year-old Clifton was a 13th round pick in 2013 out of Heritage HS in Maryville, Tennessee. He spent the whole season in Myrtle Beach where he posted a line of 7-7 with a 2.72 ERA over 23 starts and 119 innings. He struck out 129 batters, walked 41 and held opposing hitters to a .225 average. He also got the win in a crucial game three of the Mills Cup Championship series, holding the Hillcats to just three hits over six scoreless innings.
Clifton was earlier named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year.
So once again, congratulations to Jimenez and Clifton! If you’re at that game at Wrigley Field a week from tomorrow, be sure to get there a little early so that you can give them a hand.