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Chicago Cubs: Breaking down the team’s top prospects entering the season

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Apr 4, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) celebrates with catcher Willson Contreras (40) after the Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cubs won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) celebrates with catcher Willson Contreras (40) after the Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cubs won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 24, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the sunset behind Wrigley Field during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 24, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the sunset behind Wrigley Field during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

Don’t expect Clifton in Chicago in the near future

Trevor Clifton was drafted in the 12th round of the 2013 draft by the Cubs. Clifton made 13 starts in 2014 at Short-Season A ball, posting a 3.69 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched.

Clifton’s workload increased in 2015 as he pitched 108.2 innings at the Single-A level. Clifton struck out 103 opposing batters in those innings, finishing the season with a 3.98 ERA and 8-10 record.

The 21-year-old reached Single-A Advanced in 2016. He recorded a 2.72 ERA with 129 strikeouts and 41 walks in 119 innings pitched.

Last season was Clifton’s best as a professional, but he will need to continue to post good numbers if he wants to get to the majors.

Clifton throws a mid-to-upper 90’s fastball. He also mixes in a curve-ball, slider, and change-up. His curve-ball could be his best secondary pitch, but his change-up is coming along and his slider is nothing to sneeze at.

Clifton has the make-up to be a solid starter for the Cubs at some point in the future. He is still some time away from contributing at the major league level.

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