Southern League Weekly Recap: May 11

The Latest News & Notes from Around the SL

By Southern League | May 11, 2018 2:37 PM

Woah, we're halfway there.

It's been 36 days since the start of the Southern League season, and now just 40 days remain until the 2018 Southern League All-Star Game in Birmingham, Alabama. With that in mind, here is how the North and South Division's top players stack up with just over one month played this season and only a few weeks until official voting gets underway.

Players on this list are plugged in to each roster spot purely based on their division, defensive position, and OPS (on-base + slugging percentage), which could give us a little unofficial insight into possible All-Star selections. Check out the full list below:

SL North Division: Catchers - Seby Zavala (BIR) and Zack Collins (BIR), 1B - Rudy Flores (JXN), 2B - Kevin Medrano (JXN), 3B - Juniel Querecuto (JXN), SS - Nick Gordon (CHA), OF - Eloy Jimenez (BIR), Jeffrey Baez (TNS), Brandon Lowe (MTG), and Galli Cribbs (JXN), DH - Zander Wiel (CHA), UTIL INF - Danny Mendick (BIR), UTIL OF - Nick Solak (MTG)

SL South Division: Catchers - Chadwick Tromp (PNS) and Alex Jackson (MIS), 1B - Matt Thaiss (MOB), 2B - Shed Long (PNS), 3B - Taylor Ward (MOB), SS - Jake Hager (BLX), OF - Michael Reed (MIS), Josh VanMeter (PNS), Gabriel Guerrero (PNS), and Monte Harrison (JAX), DH - Brian Schales (JAX), UTIL INF - Eric Jagielo (JAX), UTIL OF - Corey Ray (BLX)

For the latest on those players and the league at large, check out the Southern League News and Notes below, and make sure to Like the Southern League on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.

The Biloxi Shuckers have sent three players (RHP Adrian Houser, LHP Wade Miley, and INF Nick Franklin) directly from the gulf shores to the Milwaukee Brewers so far this season. Veteran southpaw Nick Ramirez, a Southern League All-Star as both a hitter (2015) and a pitcher (2017) is looking to make it four. WXXV in Biloxi has the details.

In Birmingham, The Athletic's James Fegan caught up with Chicago White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez, the reigning Southern League Player of the Week and league leader in slugging percentage (.694). ($)

In Chattanooga, check out what's new with the Lookouts before catching a game at AT&T Field this summer.

Check out the latest food items - and a new concessions layout - inside the Ballpark at Jackson.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp manager Randy Ready joined Fox Sports Florida to discuss some of the Miami Marlins top prospects, including Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz, Nick Neidert, and Southern League Player of the Month Austin Dean.

The Mississippi Braves saw third baseman Austin Riley promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this week, but were able to muster a season-high 10 runs Wednesday thanks to a 3-for-5, 4 RBI night from Alay Lago

Video: Alay Lago lines triple

In Mobile, BayBears starting pitcher Jose Suarez was recognized by the Los Angeles Angels organization as their Minor League Pitcher of the Month. Suarez, who is just 20 years old, is 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA as a member of the BayBears despite being over four years younger than the SL's average age.

Tweet from @Angels: Congrats to the #Angels Minor League Monthly Award winners for April! Pitcher of the Month ��� Jose SuarezPlayer of the Month ��� Brandon MarshDefender of the Month ��� David Fletcher

After a slow start the Montgomery Biscuits have turned it around, thanks in part to a recent power surge from Tampa Bay Rays no. 25 prospect Ryan Boldt.

Video: Ryan Boldt goes yard

It's been quite the month for now former Pensacola Blue Wahoos slugger Gabriel Guerrero. First, he flew home to the Dominican Republic for the birth of his first child before he returned to Pensacola and slugged a home run for a Blue Wahoos victory. And if that wasn't enough, the veteran outfielder was then told he had earned a hard-fought promotion to Triple-A Louisville after spending parts of four seasons in the Southern League.

Video: Gabriel Guerrero goes yard

Last but not least, in east Tennessee, the Smokies hosted Puppy Yoga. What else needs to be said?

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