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Jimenez, Clifton named Cubs Minor League Players of the Year

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The Chicago Cubs today named outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed pitcher Trevor Clifton the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Jimenez and Clifton will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 1:20 p.m. CT game Friday, Sept. 23, against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Jimenez, 19, was named Midwest League Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year after batting .329 (142-for-432) with 40 doubles, three triples, 14 homers, 65 runs scored and 81 RBI in 112 games with Single-A South Bend. He led the league in doubles, slugging percentage (.532) and OPS (.901), ranked second in RBI (81) and total bases (230) and ranked third in batting average (.329). He also led all Cubs minor leaguers in average and ranked second in RBI.

Named a Midwest League midseason and postseason All-Star, Jimenez earned two Player of the Week honors and was named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for May after batting .364 (40-for-110) with eight doubles, seven homers and 23 RBI in 28 games. He was named to the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in San Diego, going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and four RBI in the contest. He was also selected to the 2016 Baseball America Minor League All-Star team.

Jimenez has hit .297 (242-for-814) with 58 doubles, 24 homers and 141 RBI in 211 career minor-league contests with Rookie League Mesa (2014), Single-A Eugene (2015) and South Bend (2016). He was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in August 2013 and is currently ranked the second-best prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB Pipeline.

Clifton, 21, went 7-7 with a 2.72 ERA (36 ER/119 IP) in 23 starts with Single-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 midseason and postseason All-Star, leading the league in ERA and WHIP (1.16).

Clifton was twice named Cubs Pitcher of the Month, claiming the award in May and August. He went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA (4 ER/28 IP) and 35 strikeouts in five May starts, and then went 2-0 with a 0.85 ERA (3 ER/31.2 IP) and 34 strikeouts in five August starts. He made two postseason starts with Myrtle Beach, allowing just one run in 12 innings, including six scoreless frames in Game Three of the Mills Cup Championship Series Tuesday.

Clifton has gone 19-19 with a 3.52 ERA (117 ER/299 IP) in 67 minor-league appearances, all but eight as starter, in four seasons with Rookie League Mesa (2013), Single-A Boise (2014), Single-A South Bend (2015) and Myrtle Beach (2016). He was selected by the Cubs in the 12th round of the 2013 Draft out of Heritage High School in Maryville, Tennessee, and is currently ranked the eighth-best prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB Pipeline.

SS Baez, RHP Hendricks named Cubs Minor League Player, Pitcher of the Year

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Javier Baez was named Minor League Player of the Year after blasting 37 home runs between Daytona and Tennessee. (Photo by Aldrin Capulong/Daytona Cubs)

Cubs shortstop Javier Baez and right-handed starter Kyle Hendricks were named the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, Friday morning.

Baez may have raised his stock as much as anyone in baseball this season. On the year, the 20-year-old hit .282/.341/.578 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 37 homers, 24 doubles, four triples and 111 RBI in 130 games between High-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. The ninth-overall pick in the 2011 draft led all of minor league baseball in RBI and extra-base hits (75), while his 37 homers were tied for the second-best mark in 2013. He became the first minor league player in 17 seasons to reach 30 doubles, 30 homers, 100 RBI and 20 stolen bases in a season since D.T. Cromer managed the feat in 1996.

Baez was named a midseason Florida State League All-Star after hitting .274 with 17 homers, 15 doubles and 57 RBI in 76 games with Daytona. On June 10, he became the first player since 1996 to hit four home runs in a game. He was promoted to Tennessee on July 6, where he hit .294 with 20 homers, 15 doubles and 54 RBI in 54 contests.

The infielder has a minor league career line of .286/.342/.562 with 54 homers, 49 doubles and 158 RBI in 215 games.

Hendricks made 27 starts between Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this season, going 13-4 with a 2.00 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 166.1 innings. The 23-year-old walked just 34 batters, giving him a 3.76 K-to-BB ratio, and surrendered only five home runs while limiting opponents to a .229 average. His ERA was the seventh-best among full-season minor leaguers.

Hendricks opened the season with a 10-3 record and a 1.85 ERA in 21 starts for Tennessee, where he earned Southern League midseason All-Star honors. He recorded a 0.84 ERA in his last seven Double-A starts, prompting a promotion. In six starts with Iowa, Hendricks went 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA, walking 27 over 40 innings.

Hendricks was acquired from Texas for Ryan Dempster at the trade deadline in 2012. He has a 21-14 career record and a 2.42 ERA in 349.2 innings, and was originally selected in the eighth round of the 2011 draft.