Lynchburg slugger is MVP; Myrtle Beach righty named Pitcher of Year
August 27, 2016
In what's already been an unforgettable year for the Lynchburg Hillcats, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Indians got more news to celebrate on Saturday.
First baseman Bobby Bradley was named the Carolina League MVP and was one of six Hillcats players voted to the end-of-season All-Star team, and Mark Budzinski was selected as the league's Manager of the Year. Bradley, Cleveland's third-ranked prospect and the No. 74 overall prospect, entered Saturday leading the circuit with 29 homers and 101 RBIs. He's batting .245/.355/.494.
Catching prospect Francisco Mejia, who electrified Minor League Baseball with a modern-era record 50-game hitting streak, was also among Lynchburg's honorees.
Myrtle Beach right-hander Trevor Clifton was named the league's Pitcher of the Year. He leads the loop with a 2.87 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, and the Cubs' No. 8 prospect has amassed 122 strikeouts over 113 innings while going 7-7 across 22 starts for the Pelicans.
The Pelicans' Toby Williams is Trainer of the Year.
Mason Robbins, who leads the league with a .314 batting average, and teammate Nick Basto, who's second with a .307 mark, represent Winston-Salem on the All-Star team.
Here is the complete list of 2016 Carolina League end-of-season All-Stars and award winners: