South Bend Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez was named the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year on Tuesday.
Jimenez is batting .337 with 12 home runs, 38 doubles, three triples and 77 RBI in 106 games, with 13 games left in the regular season. The Chicago Cubs prospect won the Top Star Award for his performance in this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game, and less than a month later, starred on a national stage in the All-Star Futures Game.
His manager, Jimmy Gonzalez, was named the league’s Manager of the Year. South Bend is 78-48, the second-best record in the Midwest League. The team won the first-half Eastern Division title, and has the best record in the division during the second half, too.
The Midwest League also announced its Postseason All-Star Roster, which was selected by the field managers of the league’s 16 teams. The postseason all-star players are:
First Base – Will Maddox of the West Michigan Whitecaps (.341 BA, 1 HR, 55 RBI, 24 SB in 113 games)
Second Base — Luis Arraez of the Cedar Rapids Kernels (.347 BA, 3 HR, 59 RBI in 103 games)
Third Base – Kevin Padlo of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (.221 BA, 16 HR, 62 RBI, 14 SB in 104 games)
Shortstop – Isan Diaz of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (.276 BA, 19 HR, 72 RBI, 11 SB in 124 games)
Outfield – Eloy Jimenez of the South Bend Cubs, Connor Marabell of the Lake County Captains (.311 BA, 6 HR, 50 RBI, 11 SB in 95 games), and Magneuris Sierra of the Peoria Chiefs (.300 BA, 3 HR, 55 RBI, 29 SB in 111 games)
Catcher – Austin Allen of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (.309 BA, 7 HR, 57 RBI in 103 games)
Designated Hitter – Trevor Mitsui of the Kane County Cougars (.291 BA, 4 HR, 59 RBI in 115 games)
Right-handed Starting Pitcher – Preston Morrison of the South Bend Cubs (9-4, 2.24 ERA, 85 Ks in 17 games/92.1 IP)
Left-handed Starting Pitcher – Angel Perdomo of the Lansing Lugnuts (3-7, 3.54 ERA, 135 Ks in 24 games/109.1 IP) and Evan Manarino of the Beloit Snappers (8-5, 2.15 ERA, 103 Ks in 22 games/121.2 IP)
Right-handed Reliever – Nathan Greip of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (1-2, 2.28 ERA, 21 saves, 47 Ks in 44 games/51.1 IP)
Left-handed Reliever – Spencer Herrmann of the Clinton LumberKings (0-0, 1.73 ERA, 3 saves, 45 Ks in 28 games/41.2 IP)
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler