Jackson slugger, Montgomery infielder lead end-of-season honorees
Tyler O'Neill has hit 56 home runs over his last two seasons. (Steven Van Worth/Jackson Generals)
By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | August 30, 2016 3:00 PM
The Southern League end-of-season All-Stars have a distinctly buttery taste in 2016, but it's a certain General that should steal the spotlight.
Jackson outfielder Tyler O'Neill headlines the circuit's 2016 end-of-season All-Star Team, which also features a league-high four Montgomery Biscuits, including top-100 overall prospects Jake Bauers and Willy Adames. The squad was selected by Southern League field managers and media personnel. The Double-A circuit's MVP, Most Outstanding Pitcher and Manager of the Year awards will be announced Wednesday.
O'Neill, the No. 2 prospect in the Mariners' system, earned his spot among the three outfielders as the current league leader with 24 homers, 54 extra-base hits, 99 RBIs, 246 total bases, a .379 on-base percentage, a .521 slugging percentage and a .900 OPS. With a .297 average, the only thing currently standing in the way of O'Neill winning both the traditional and slash-line Triple Crowns is fellow All-Star outfielder Zach Granite's .302 average for Chattanooga. This is O'Neill's second end-of-season All-Star nod (California League, 2015) and just the latest honor in a season that saw the 21-year-old earn trips to the Southern League All-Star Game and Futures Game and jump to No. 65 in MLB.com's overall prospect ranking.
Speaking of top-100 prospects, Bauers and Adames led the Montgomery contingent on the end-of-season list with their spots at first base and shortstop, respectively. Adames (.813) and Bauers (.793) are the next two sluggers behind O'Neill in the OPS category. Meanwhile, Bauers' 71 walks edge Adames' 69 for the league lead.
The pair of Biscuits were joined by teammates Chih-Wei Hu (right-handed pitcher) and Cade Gotta (best hustler) on this year's final All-Star team. Hu's 2.74 ERA in 134 2/3 innings is best in the league, while Gotta added 18 steals in 69 contests since joining Montgomery from Class A Advanced Charlotte in early June.
Here is the complete list of Southern League end-of-season All-Stars for the 2016 season:
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