BILOXI, Miss. - Luis Robert earned Most Valuable Player recognition as the North Division cruised past the South Division by a 7-3 final in the 2019 Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday night at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The White Sox top-ranked prospect doubled home the game's first run in the opening frame and delivered an RBI-triple in the second to set the tone for the North. His two hits came off Biloxi's Trey Supak (8-2, 1.91 ERA) and Mississippi's Tucker Davidson (2-4, 1.61 ERA).
Robert, who became the first Barons player to capture MVP honors since Tim Anderson accomplished the feat in 2015, owned a .307 clip at the plate with four home runs, 20 RBI and 10 stolen bases across 41 games with Birmingham in the first half. The Havana, Cuba, product joined the Barons after a promotion from Class-A Advanced Winston-Salem on April 30.
Robert posted a .453 average with eight home runs, 24 RBI and eight stolen bases through 19 contests with the Hi-A Dash.
Barons catcher Yermin Mercedes tallied a pair of hits in the game, as well. The 26-year-old backstop, who slashed .327/.389/.497 in the first half, earned a place on the North Division roster as a replacement.
Left-handed pitcher Kyle Kubat entered in the sixth inning and retired all three batters he faced, while right-handed pitcher Jimmy Lambert could not participate due to injury.
The Barons will open the second half of the season on the road when the begin a five-game set against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Thursday. First pitch in the series opener is set for 6:15 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast via WJQX-FM 100.5.
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