Despite being overshadowed by perhaps the St. Louis Cardinals most talented minor league pitching staff, the 2016 Peoria Chiefs offense had a collectively solid season at the dish as they played a large part of the club’s success, which included the first half Western Division title in the Class-A Midwest League.
The Peoria lineup was particularly prospect-heavy at the top of the order, featuring Cardinals hitting prospects Eliezer Alvarez, Magneuris Sierra and Edmundo Sosa, all three of whom were MWL mid-season all-stars. (Sierra repeated with post-season honors.) The offense collected a league-best mark of 1255 total hits as well as tying the league-high mark with a .266 batting average.
Under hitting coach Jobel Jimenez’ guidance, the Chiefs also reached the MWL playoffs each of the last two years. In 2017, Jimenez, 38, will begin his first season as Double-A Springfield’s hitting coach and his 11th campaign within the Cardinals system, after spending the last three seasons with Peoria. ‘
The former Dodgers minor league outfielder enters 2017 with a combined 24 years of playing, coaching, and scouting experience across professional baseball.
In this exclusive interview, Jimenez discusses his offensive standouts on the 2016 Chiefs before fielding a number of follow-up questions about them.
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