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Cubs Minor League Daily: Eloy Jimenez is the Prospect of the Year, Plus More Awards

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

major award leg lamp trophyI’m not sure we’ve seen a player wrack up the minor league honors like this since a guy named Kris Bryant rampaged through the organization a few years back. Eloy Jimenez, the 19-year-old South Bend outfielder (and the best prospect in the system), picked up three more awards yesterday. He is now a Midwest League Post-Season All Star, the league Most Valuable Player, and the league Prospect of the Year.

And that’s not all.

Former South Bend and now Myrtle Beach starting pitcher Preston Morrison was also named to the Midwest League Post-Season All Star team. He has quietly had an excellent season, posting a 2.23 ERA between the two levels in his first full season as a professional.

But wait, there’s more!

South Bend manager Jimmy Gonzalez was named the Manager of the Year in the Midwest League. And over in the Carolina League, the Pelicans’ Toby Williams was named Trainer of the Year.

That’s a lot of hardware for one organization in one day, and half of it went to Jimenez. I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do in the higher levels of the minors.


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Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 3, Memphis 2
#RedbirdsLose

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 4, Jackson 2
Tennessee 11, Jackson 5
Sweeping a doubleheader on the road against a good team makes for a very good day of baseball.

  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 6.2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Dave Berg: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • David Freitas: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Kelly Dugan: 2 for 4, HR
  • Ben Carhart: 2 for 4, HR
  • Game Two
  • Juan Paniagua: 4 IP, 2 K
  • Chesny Young: 2 for 5
  • Lane Adams: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SB
  • David Freitas: 2 for 3, 2 2B
  • Kelly Dugan: 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR. That’s five hits and two homers for the day.
  • Ben Carhart: 3 for 4, HR. He also had five hits and two homers for the day.

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High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 7, Carolina 0
The Pelicans struck out thirteen. Clifton accounted for ten of them.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
West Michigan 6, South Bend 5
The bullpen wasted a good start by De La Cruz.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Everett 3, Eugene 1
Cease is back to pitching as well as he ever has.

Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Cubs 5, Giants 3
The Cubs scored all their runs in the final two frames.

  • Junior Marte: 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 K
  • Michael Rucker: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • Gustavo Polanco: 1 for 3, BB
  • Jhonny Pereda: 1 for 3, BB

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Other Notes

  • On September 8 the South Bend Cubs will host a playoff game against the West Michigan Whitecaps, and in attendance will be Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. Ricketts will also be throwing out the first pitch. It remains to be seen if he will then do his usual routine of talking with fans in the stands, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does. If you want to meet the Chairman, and see a good team in the playoffs, then a September 8 trip to South Bend might be in order.
  • How about this catch:

  • If you believe Twitter (and you really shouldn’t), then we might be underestimating Pelicans’ trainer Toby Williams just a bit. If you believe Twitter:

  • And that Eloy Jimenez homer:


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Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.