BILOXI, MS (Biloxi Shuckers) - The Southern League announced the roster for the South Division All-Star team on Wednesday, and the Biloxi Shuckers will have two pitchers, a first baseman, a center fielder and a catcher on the roster.
Shuckers ace pitcher Jose Hader was named to the elite squad. The Millersville, Maryland native leads the Southern League with a 0.95 earned run average, which ranks third overall in Minor League Baseball. He's tied for the league lead with 73 strikeouts and has not allowed more than one earned run in eleven starting assignments.
Pitcher Stephen Peterson leads the league with 26 appearances coming out of the Shuckers bullpen and leads Biloxi with 4 wins. in 30 and 1/3 innings, the lefty has 34 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.67.
Since April 23, 21-year-old catcher Jacob Nottingham has batted .309 and is tied for the team lead with seven home runs.
22-year-old center fielder Brett Phillips leads the Shuckers with 18-extra base hits, 30 RBI and 20 runs scored. He became the first Biloxi player to homer three times in one game.
First baseman Garrett Cooper leads the Shuckers with a .311 batting average and the former Auburn Tiger tops the Shuckers with 16 doubles.
Kyle Wren was selected, but unable to participate due to his promotion to Triple-A.
The 2016 Southern League All-Star Game is set for June 21 at Trustmark Park in Pearl. Most all-star games feature a home run derby, but officials have decided to hold a Celebrity All-Star Game instead. The last time Trustmark Park hosted a Home Run Derby, the winner had two homers. It's a big ballpark and fans would be able to watch many ball being launched into the stands, so the long-ball derby was scratched.