Despite a strong first half, Cleveland Indians’ minor league outfielder Connor Marabell was left out of the Midwest League’s midseason All-Star Game in June while four other members of his Lake County Captains club traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the annual festivities.
That slight may have been righted some as the Lynchburg Hillcats prospect was selected by his former league as one of its postseason All-Stars on Tuesday.
Prior to his promotion in late July to the High-A level, Marabell hit .311 with a .368 on-base percentage and .482 slugging percentage for the Captains in 95 games. He had 105 hits in those games, including 32 doubles, four triples, and six home runs. He drove in 50 runs while crossing the plate himself 41 times. He added eleven stolen bases in 14 attempts.
The All-Stars for the postseason squad were selected by the managers of each of the 16 teams in the Midwest League. Jimenez was named the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year. It follows an impressive campaign for the 19-year-old, who also earned the Top Star Award at the Midwest League All-Star game in June and appeared in the MLB’s All-Star Futures Game.
Jimmy Gonzalez, Jimenez’s manager with the South Bend Cubs, was selected as the league’s Manager of the Year.
Marabell was promoted to Lynchburg on July 27 and is hitting .209 in 25 games with six doubles, a triple, and 12 RBI.
He is in his first full season in the Indians organization. He was selected in the 25th round out of Jacksonville University in the 2015 June amateur draft. He appeared in 61 games for the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers that season, hitting .222 with a homer and 18 RBI while converting into a regular outfielder with the club.
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