BILOXI -- The Biloxi Shuckers' first home game June 6 after 54 games on the road was Minor League Baseball's "Game of the Year."
The winner, chosen by MiLB.com staff and fans voting online, was announced Monday.
On Tuesday, Shuckers shortstop and fan favorite Orlando Arcia was named "Breakout Prospect of the Year." Arcia is rated the 12th-best prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com. He also was the 2015 Brewers Minor League Player of the Year and won a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award for his defense at shortstop.
Arcia finished the season batting .307/.347/.453 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 129 games. He led the Southern league in doubles and ranked among the leaders in at-bats (second, 512), total bases (second, 232), extra-base hits (third, 52), RBIs (fourth), batting average (fifth), slugging percentage (fifth) and runs (fifth, 74).
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The Shuckers are in the running for a MILBY in the category of Best Team, which will be announced Wednesday. Brett Phillips also was nominated for Best Offensive Player.
The first home game started with the team pulling into Biloxi in the middle of the night, then the next day meeting the fans for a "Game Day Experience" downtown before the fans escorted them to the new stadium. The team delivered a 5-4 walk-off victory against the Mobile BayBears.
"Nick Shaw singled, driving in Shuckers' reliever and pinch-runner Brent Suter from second base to cap off a two-run bottom of the 14th inning and magical win in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 5,065," said team spokesman Chris Harris. "The club went on to win league-best 78 games and South Division Championship."
The Shuckers will return to MGM Park to host their parent club, the Milwaukee Brewers, in an exhibition game April 2 and open the 2016 regular season at MGM Park on April 7 against the Chattanooga Lookouts.