Snell, Arcia lead Southern League All-Stars

Rays No. 2 prospect, Brewers top prospect earn spots on squad

Blake Snell struck out 157 batters across three levels of the Minors this season. (Daniel Lamb)

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | September 3, 2015 12:33 PM

Blake Snell's dominant run through the Minors and Orlando Arcia's ability to lead the Biloxi Shuckers -- a team that didn't play at home for its first 54 games of the season -- were already two of the cooler stories of the 2015 season. They became a little cooler Wednesday.

The Rays' No. 2 prospect and Brewers top prospect were named to the Southern League end-of-season All-Star team, the Double-A circuit announced Wednesday.

Snell made 12 starts for Double-A Montgomery from May 1-July 18 and was dominant in the short span, going 6-2 with a 1.57 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander did not allow a run in his first four outings with the Biscuits as part of his 46-inning scoreless streak to start the season. He has a 1.33 ERA with 157 strikeouts over 129 innings at three levels in the Rays system and has climbed to No. 45 in MLB.com's ranking of overall prospects as a result. 

Arcia's season started with a somewhat similar bang: he helped Biloxi captured a Southern League South Division first-half title, despite the Shuckers' lengthy road trip. The 21-year-old shortstop leads the circuit with 36 doubles this season and ranks second with 152 hits, fifth with a .457 slugging percentage, sixth with a .308 batting average and eighth with an .807 OPS. 

Twins No. 10 prospect and Chattanooga outfielder Adam Brett Walker II also earned a spot on the end-of-season All-Star team thanks to his league-leading 30 homers and 103 RBIs. 

UPDATE: Chattanooga outfielder Max Kepler was named the Southern League MVP on Thursday while Biloxi right-hander Jorge Lopez and manager Carlos Subero won the Most Outstanding Pitcher and Manager of the Year awards, respectively. 

As of Thursday, Kepler, the No. 6 prospect in the Twins' farm system, is on track to win the slash-line Triple Crown as the league leader in average (.327), on-base percentage (.415) and slugging percentage (.540). Lopez ranks second in the circuit with a 2.29 ERA and places third with 134 strikeouts in 137 2/3 innings for the Shuckers. Subero guided the Brewers' Double-A affiiliate through its aforementioned 54-game-long season-opening road trip and has led the Shuckers to a Southern League-best 76-56 record.

2015 Southern League Postseason All-Star Team
NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG
Willson Contreras C Tennessee CHC
Cameron Seitzer 1B Montgomery TB
David Adams 2B Jacksonville MIA
Zack Cox 3B Jacksonville MIA
Orlando Arcia SS Biloxi MIL
Socrates Brito OF Mobile ARI
Max Kepler OF Chattanooga MIN
Adam Brett Walker II OF Chattanooga MIN
Christian Marrero DH Birmingham CWS
Tim Anderson UTIL Birmingham CWS
Tim Anderson Best Hustler Birmingham CWS
Jorge Lopez RHP Biloxi MIL
Blake Snell LHP Montgomery TB
Zack Weiss RP Pensacola CIN

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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