The Southern League announced the South Division’s All Stars today, and as expected the Shuckers dominate. Befitting a team 14 games over .500, we snagged more selections than any other team. Notice the balance – 4 pitchers and 4 position players – which has got to make the parent club Brewers very, very happy:
- Orlando Arcia SS- Simply put, “El Hombre.” Leads the league with 17 doubles, tied for first with 69 hits. 21 multi-hit games this season, tied for first in the league. Second-toughest strikeout in the league, just once in every 11.85 plate appearances.
- Nick Ramirez 1B- Actually his second time to be picked as a Southern League All-Star.
- Michael Reed OF – The Brewers MiLB Player of the Month for May. Hitting .349 over the last month.
- Kyle Wren OF – A steal from the Braves organization, has raised his batting average almost a hundred points in the past month and a half. Third in the league with 20 stolen bases, and has had multiple hits 8 of the last 15 games.
- Jaye Chapman P – Promoted to Triple-A on June 4, but before leaving us had a 4-2 record with a 0.82 ERA, holding opposing batters to just a .173 batting average.
- Hobbs Johnson P – 41 strikeouts against 19 walks.
- Damien Magnifico P – Leads the team with 6 saves. 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA, posting 24 strikeouts against just 6 walks. Over his last 10 outings he has a 2-0 record and a 1.20 ERA.
- Tyler Wagner P – Ranks second in the league with a 1.93 ERA. Wagner made his Major League debut last Sunday in Milwaukee and returned to start the MGM Park opener this past Saturday, taking a no decision, but giving up just one run on six hits over seven innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Overall, the Las Vegas native is 5-1 in 60.2 IP, holding the opposition to just a .233 batting average against.
Micah Graves’ (@MicahGravess) incredible one-handed catch of a foul ball Saturday night, caught on video by the GoPro camera he was wearing, has received a crazy amount of national attention this week. Sites that have picked up the video have included ESPN, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated, Huffington Post, Daily Caller, Daily Kos, plus TV stations from San Diego to Dallas to the Quad Cities to Indianapolis. Cool story for him, but also cool publicity for the team, the stadium, and Biloxi.
Last, a shout out for Chris Trew (@Trew2TheGame), Big Man in the New Orleans comedy scene and Pelicans superfan. He put out a kind word to the Twitterverse last night about this blog, for which I am forever grateful. Thanks Chris!