Bradley, Clifton take Carolina League honors

Lynchburg slugger is MVP; Myrtle Beach righty named Pitcher of Year

Trevor Clifton (l) has a 2.87 ERA for the Pelicans. Bobby Bradley has socked 29 home runs for the Hillcats.

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com | August 27, 2016 3:12 PM

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:

2016 Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Francisco Mejia C Lynchburg CLE
Bobby Bradley* 1B Lynchburg CLE
Yoan Moncada 2B Salem BOS
Rafael Devers 3B Salem BOS
Yu-Cheng Chang SS Lynchburg CLE
Mark Mathias UT INF Lynchburg CLE
Aderlin Rodriguez DH Frederick BAL
Anthony Santander OF Lynchburg CLE
Greg Allen OF Lynchburg CLE
Mason Robbins OF Winston-Salem CWS
Nick Basto UT OF Winston-Salem CWS
Trevor Clifton SP Myrtle Beach CHC
Ryan Brinley RP Potomac WAS
Mark Budzinski Manager Lynchburg CLE
Toby Williams Trainer Myrtle Beach CHC
* Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year
† Pitcher of the Year

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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