Jimenez was named the Midwest League Player and Prospect of the Year after hitting .329/.369/.532 with 14 homers and a MWL best 81 RBI. Signed as part of the Cubs 2013 IFA class, Jimenez is not expected to reach the majors this year but could be forcing the Cubs hand in the near future with another big season.
The switch-hitting Happ spent his first full season in pro ball and according to Cubs official, wore down as the season progressed. Learning to play second base full-time, Happ started 2016 in Myrtle Beach (.296/.410/.475, 69 G, 7 HR, 42 RBI) and then hit .262/.318/.415 with 8 homers and 31 RBI in 65 games in AA. He also played in the Arizona Fall League and hit two homers in the championship game to lead Mesa to the title.
Here’s the rest of the prospects headed to big league camp as non-roster invitees:
Chesny Young, IF—Finished second in the Southern League batting race (.303) and has continued squaring up baseballs in the Dominican Winter League, batting .351/.438/.364 in 22 regular season games and .301/.375/.333 in 25 playoff games. Young won the batting title in 2015 in the Carolina League, that included a 48-game on-base streak, a Carolina League record.
Mark Zagunis, OF—The Cubs third-round pick in 2014 ended last season on the DL after breaking his toe. He only played in 50 AA games before being promoted to Iowa, batting .274/.360/.486 in 50 games in the PCL. The 24-year-old hit 10 homers last year after hitting 10 his first two seasons in the minors.
Taylor Davis, C—Spent his sixth season with the Cubs organization splitting most of the season between Iowa and Tennessee, making 41 starts behind the plate. Had the best year of his career in 2015, smacking a career-high nine homers while hitting .311/.361/.483 between Tennessee and Iowa.
Ryan Williams, RHP—A favorite of Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, the Cubs 10th round pick in 2014 shot through the minors and was named the Cubs 2015 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The 25-year-old only made nine starts at Iowa last year before missing the season with a shoulder injury.
John Andreoli, OF—The 26-year-old led the PCL in walks (94) runs (96) and strikeouts (162), batting .256/.374/.396 with a career-high 12 homers in his sixth season with the Cubs. Andreoli opened eyes last spring training with four homers.
Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa on Feb. 14 and full squad workouts begin on Saturday, Feb. 18. The World Series champs open the season with a pair of split-squad games on Feb. 25 at the Giants and against the A’s at Sloan Park. Tickets are still available, including for the opener.
Iowa Cubs promotion
The Iowa Cubs have released a list of 2017 promotion at Principal Park and a collector’s set of Iowa Cubs player cards heads the list. Their will be five giveaways of a World Series Card Pack featuring four former I-Cubs that helped Chicago win the World Series. Fans can collect all 20 cards in the series and dates for the giveaways are May 8, June 1, June 26, July 18, and Aug. 25. You can see the entire list here.
Caribbean World Series
Puerto Rico advanced to the finals with a 9-6 win over Venezuela and they will face Mexico, who blanked Cuba 1-0.