The Weekly: Pelicans Clinch and Eloy Picks Up More Hardware

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unnamedThe big news in the organization this week was that the Myrtle Beach Pelicans clinched a playoff spot! They still have one week left in the season to clinch the division title over Salem. As it stands right now, the Pelicans have a one game lead and if they win the division, then they would host one game in the best-of-three series.

Currently, Myrtle Beach is clicking on all cylinders. It is getting good starting pitching from Trevor Clifton, Jeremy Null, and Preston Morrison. Three bullpen members have yet to allow an earned run on month. And, Daury Torrez has his lowest monthly ERA as a reliever at 1.69. The hitting, which is led by David Bote, is on fire this month despite losing two top prospects in Gleyber Torres and Rashad Crawford and last month.

Meanwhile, awards began pouring in from around minor league baseball.

Eloy Jimenez was named MVP and the best prospect in the Midwest League. His former teammate Preston Morrison was also named a postseason all-star for his performance as a South Bend Cub this year.

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Early Saturday afternoon, Trevor Clifton was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year. His ERA is almost a full run lower than the next best pitcher!

Congratulations to all three players and to the Pelicans!

Seasons Ending
The Dominican Summer League ended regular season play yesterday and the Arizona League ends on Monday. The Arizona Cubs will have their playoffs this week at sites to be announced.

Foreshadowing
I started assembling some information about the All-Star team for the second half. As part of that All-Star team, I normally give out the Hitter of the Year, Starting Pitcher of the ear, and this year, Reliever of the Year.  The hitter of the year award, I don’t think, is not going to surprise anybody, let’s just be honest. However, I think the Pitcher of the Year is a little bit undecided at this point, I don’t think one more start is going to make that much of a difference between the four pitchers I examining. I think when it comes time to choose, I have to balance more than just ERA. I have to balance other statistics, development, and pure domination.

Awards for August are coming right down to the wire, too. I don’t have a clear-cut favorite for the Pitcher of the Month, although I have three in the running. The hitter of the month is down to a two-man race. One name is a bit of surprise this month. On the other hand, both hitters have had a similar past experience as a prospect.

South of the Border
One of the cool things about the Dominican Summer League is that pitchers can develop pretty quickly. One such arm this year is 18-year-old Andres Bonalde. To begin the year, he started at team number two for the Cubs and then switched team number one about a month ago. At six feet 6 inches and 185 pounds, the lefty has struggled most of the year as a starter. However, something changed in late July and into August. For four starts this month, he has a 1.29 ERA in 21 innings. Opponents are now only batting .189 against and he has a 1.00 WHIP. He does not strikeout a lot of hitters (35 in 57.2 IP), but he doesn’t walk many either (22). As always, the Dominican numbers should always be taken with a grain of salt. Based on his game logs, he’s been putting up good numbers for the last five weeks. It will be interesting to see if he comes over this fall for instructs and again in spring training. Just keep a look out for him.

As always, the Dominican numbers should always be taken with a grain of salt. It will be interesting to see if he comes over this fall for instructs and again in spring training. Just keep a look out for him.

Around the System This Week

Iowa 4-2 ; 62-72
Tennessee 5-2; 26-34
Myrtle Beach 4-3; 40-21 1st Place
South Bend 2-5; 38-24 1st Half Winner
Eugene 3-3; 20-8 1st Place 1st Half Winner
Arizona 3-2; 28-26 1st Half Winner
Dominican Republic 1 3-2; 29-42
Dominican Republic 2 2-2; 38-32

Players of the Week

8.28.2016

Here’s What’s Coming Up Next Week at Cubs Central

Cubs’ August MiLB All-Star Team

Cards of the Month

Top Cubs MiLB Moments of the Summer

Thank You Post

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