Seven Mississippi Braves receive Southern League All-Star Honors

Seven players, including three 19-year-olds, will represent the Mississippi Braves at the 2017 Southern League All-Star game. The game will be played at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, Florida on June 20th.

Here is the list of Mississippi Braves selected to play in the All-Star Game

Kolby Allard; LHP

Kolby Allard, the 19-year-old southpaw who was selected in the first round of the 2015 draft, is 4-3 with a 2.87 ERA in his 12 starts this season. He is ranked 10th in ERA among Southern League pitchers via Baseball America.

Mike Soroka; RHP 

Soroka, who is also 19 and selected in the first round of the 2015 draft, is 7-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 11 starts for the Mississippi Braves this season. The Canadian is tied for the lead in wins and ranks ninth in ERA in the Southern League, and is coming off a three hit-performance against Biloxi earlier this week.

Ronald Acuna; OF 

Ronald Acuna was called up to Double-A Mississippi on May 9th after hitting .287 with three doubles, five triples, three home runs, 19 RBIs and 14 stolen bases at High-A Florida. Since his promotion, Acuna hasn’t skipped a beat. He was named Braves organizational player of the month during the month of may after posting a .415 batting average with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 15 RBI.

Travis Demeritte; 2B 

Demeritte has a .260 batting average with 13 doubles, two triples, ten homers,  and 31 RBI so far this season. Travis leads the league in extra-base hits and runs scored and is tied for fourth in homers.

Joey Meneses; RF 

Joey Meneses is hitting .325 against southpaws. He ranks sixth in the Southern League with a .306 batting average. Add that to five doubles, six homers, and 24 RBI, it’s no surprise that Meneses is getting All-Star honors.

Kade Scivicque; C

Scivicque, who was acquired by the Braves in the Aybar trade, is hitting .284 with six doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI in 39 games this season.

Luis Valenzuela; SS

Valenzuela, a left-handed batter, has a .278 batting average with 12 doubles, three triples, one homer, and 15 RBIs so far this season. Though he is hitting just .256 against right-handed pitchers, he’s posting a .361 average against southpaws.

Starting lineups for the team’s will be announced this Thursday and Friday. The M-Braves are 4.5 games out of first place in the South division, and have seven games remaining before the end of the first half of the season.


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