Chicago Cubs farmhand Eloy Jimenez was named Minor League Baseball’s Breakout Prospect of the Year on Monday.
It’s just the latest honor for Jimenez, whose other 2016 accolades include the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year awards, the Top Star Award for his performance in the MWL All-Star Game, and being named the Cubs’ MiLB offensive player of the year. He also was named the Midwest League’s offensive player of the week twice, and starred in the All-Star Futures Game.
Jimenez batted .329 with 14 homers, 40 doubles and 81 RBI in 112 games with the South Bend Cubs during the regular season. After South Bend got knocked out of the Midwest League playoffs, the Cubs promoted Jimenez to the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the rest of the Carolina League postseason. (The Pelicans won the league championship.)
Jimenez currently is playing in the Arizona Fall League. He is among the prospects named to the AFL’s Fall Stars Game, which will be played Saturday.