Lamb, Nicolino lead Southern All-Stars

Mobile slugger, Jacksonville lefty are 2014's top player, pitcher

Mobile's Jake Lamb was a sixth-round pick in 2012 and Jacksonville's Justin Nicolino was a 2010 second-rounder.

By John Parker / | August 29, 2014 6:00 PM

The Double-A Southern League announced its 2014 postseason All-Star selections and award winners Friday afternoon, with Mobile third baseman Jake Lamb earning Most Valuable Player honors and left-hander Justin Nicolino of Jacksonville being named Most Outstanding Pitcher.

Mobile's Andy Green is the circuit's top manager for the second consecutive year after guiding the BayBears to a first-half South Division title and the league's best overall record heading into the season's final weekend.

Huntsville, the North Division's top club, led the league with three All-Star selections: designated hitter Nick Ramirez, reliever David Goforth and Josh Prince, the loop's Best Hustler.

A sixth-round pick out of the University of Washington in 2012, the 23-year-old Lamb leads the league with a .318 batting average, ranks second in RBIs (79), on-base percentage (.399) and slugging (.551) and is third in doubles (35) and extra-base hits (54). Those numbers are all the more impressive because his last game with the BayBears was July 30; he was promoted to Triple-A Reno on Aug. 1 and made his Major League debut with the Diamondbacks six days later.

Lamb was also a midseason All-Star and earned the league's Player of the Week award in mid-June. He was particularly dominant that month, hitting .368/.415/.695 with 27 RBIs in 25 June games.

Lamb is the second Southern League MVP from Mobile, following Paul Goldschmidt in 2011.

Florida native Nicolino, 22, a second-round pick by the Blue Jays in 2010, was acquired by the Marlins in a blockbuster trade in November 2012. After making nine starts for the Suns in 2013, the left-hander was the rock of the Jacksonville rotation this season, going 13-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 27 starts. He was twice named league Pitcher of the Week this year and paces the circuit with his 13 wins and a 1.10 WHIP.

Heading into the final weekend of the season, Nicolino ranks second in ERA (2.98) and innings pitched (163 1/3). He's the first Jacksonville hurler to be named Southern League Pitcher of the Year since Tom Koehler won the award in 2010.

2014 Southern League Postseason All-Star Team
J.T. Realmuto C Jacksonville MIA
Rangel Ravelo 1B Birmingham CWS
Ryan Brett 2B Montgomery TB
Jake Lamb * 3B Mobile ARI
Ketel Marte SS Jackson SEA
Tom Belza OF Mobile ARI
Cedric Hunter OF Mississippi ATL
Taylor Motter OF Montgomery TB
Scott Schebler OF Chattanooga LAD
Nick Ramirez DH Huntsville MIL
Patrick Kivlehan UTIL Jackson SEA
Josh Prince Best Hustler Huntsville MIL
Williams Perez RHP Mississippi ATL
Justin Nicolino LHP Jacksonville MIA
David Goforth RP Huntsville MIL
Andy Green Manager Mobile ARI
* Most Valuable Player
† Most Outstanding Pitcher

John Parker is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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