Trevor Clifton named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month

Right-hander allowed just four runs in five May starts

By John Vittas / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 4, 2016 12:54 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 4, 2016) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans starting pitcher Trevor Clifton has been named the Chicago Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, the organization announced Saturday. Clifton becomes the first Pelican to take home a monthly award in 2016.

The right-hander went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA over five starts in the month of May, putting together a string of 21 consecutive scoreless innings. 

Over the course of the month, Clifton struck out 35 batters and walked only seven over 28 innings. He finished May second in the Carolina League in ERA and strikeouts, and in a tie for third in wins.

The Maryville, Tenn. native has posted a 3-3 record in nine starts on the season to go along with a sparkling 2.35 ERA in 46.0 innings. Clifton currently ranks second in the circuit in strikeouts per nine innings (10.0), fourth in ERA and is tied for sixth in total strikeouts (51). He has held opponents to a .111 batting average with runners in scoring position this year.

Clifton has steadily improved as the season has gone along. The right-hander has yielded just seven earned runs in his last seven starts covering 38.1 innings for a 1.64 ERA. During that time frame, he has fanned 41 against 11 walks with 32 hits allowed, posting a 3-1 record. His signature start came on May 12 vs. Winston-Salem, an outing in which he fanned a career-high 10 without walking a batter in six scoreless frames.

Named a Northwest League All-Star in 2014, Clifton was originally signed by the Cubs after being selected in the 12th round of the 2013 draft out of Heritage High School in Tennessee. In four professional seasons, the right-hander has gone 15-15 with a 3.70 ERA (93 ER/226.0 IP) in 53 appearances, all but eight as a starter. 

Myrtle Beach begins a four-game series with the Potomac Nationals Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Clifton is scheduled to start Sunday's 6:05 p.m. contest. 

The 2016 season is the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2016, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in each of the last five seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last five years and the best in the Carolina League for five straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made nine postseason appearances behind 11 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, as well as five Southern Division titles, most recently in 2015. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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