Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for May includes Willson Contreras and Eloy Jimenez
Baseball America posted its All-Prospect Team for May and two of the Cubs top prospects made the cut, C Willson Contreras and OF Eloy Jimenez.
Baseball America All-Prospect Team for May: C Willson Contreras (Cubs), 1B Casey Gillaspie (Rays), 2B Yoan Moncada (Red Sox), 3B Miguel Andujar (Yankees), SS Alex Bregman (Astros), OF Clint Frazier (Indians), OF Eloy Jimenez (Cubs), OF Austin Slater (Giants), RHP Chase De Jong (Dodgers), LHP Tyler Jay (Twins), LHP Adalberto Mejia (Giants), RHP Daniel Mengden (Athletics), LHP Julio Urias (Dodgers)
Willson Contreras is knocking on the door to the big leagues. Contreras has followed up his breakout season with Double-A Tennessee in which he won a batting title with an impressive start to the season. Contreras has actually improved offensively as the season has progressed while showing improvement behind the plate.
Contreras ripped up the PCL in May. In 28 games last month, Contreras hit .324/.419/.657 with seven doubles, two triples and eight home runs for a 1.076 OPS. Contreras’ batting average and on-base percentage slipped a little from April (.344/.423/.410) to May but he actually put together better at-bats and squared up the baseball. Contreras had 34 hits last month, 17 went for extra bases. Baseball America pointed out, Contreras had more extra basehits than any other catcher in all of minor league baseball.
Willson Contreras also had 15 walks, almost double as many free passes as he had in April.
Outfielder Eloy Jimenez had an outstanding month at the plate, especially with the somewhat slow start in April.
Jimenez played in 28 games for Low-A South Bend. Jimenez hit .364/.407/.627 with eight doubles and seven home runs for a 1.034 OPS. Jimenez has played his way to the top of several offensive categories in the Midwest League. Jimenez had 40 hits in 28 games, 15 went for extra bases and he walked seven times.
The 19-year old outfielder is adjusting to left field. Jimenez projects as a prototypical right fielder.