Biloxi Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. has been awarded the 2018 MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove for left field. Stokes becomes the second Shuckers player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, joining Orlando Arcia, who took home the award in 2015.
In 123 games for the Shuckers this season, Stokes had a .995 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 220 chances. The Brewers' number 15 prospect recorded 217 putouts with a pair of outfield assists, logging 114 games in left field. A fourth-round pick by the Brewers in 2014, Stokes was one of the most reliable players for Biloxi in 2018, playing in 79 consecutive games from May 4 to August 3.
While anchoring the Shuckers defense, Stokes also put together a potent offensive season. The 22-year-old slashed .233/.343/.430 with 23 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs and 58 RBI. He ranked in the top five in the Southern League in six categories, finishing third in extra-base hits (48), fifth in walks (65) and tied for fifth in home runs and triples. Additionally, Stokes was named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star, the first All-Star honor of his career.
Stokes' award adds to the list of hardware the Shuckers took home in 2018. Fellow outfielder Corey Ray was named the Southern League MVP, a Southern League Postseason All-Star and the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. RHP Zack Brown was named the 2018 Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher, a Southern League Postseason All-Star and also earned the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year award. RHP Nate Griep made the 2018 Southern League Postseason All-Star team, and manager Mike Guerrero was honored as the 2018 Southern League Manager of the Year.
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