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‘I cannot believe what I witnessed,’ former Shucker tweets after escaping Vegas shooting

Former Biloxi Shuckers relief pitcher Bubba Derby was in Las Vegas on Sunday Night for the Route 91 Festival. He tweeted Monday about his experience. Derby was promoted to Triple-A during the 2017 season.
Former Biloxi Shuckers relief pitcher Bubba Derby was in Las Vegas on Sunday Night for the Route 91 Festival. He tweeted Monday about his experience. Derby was promoted to Triple-A during the 2017 season. amccoy@sunherald.com file

Former Biloxi Shuckers pitcher Bubba Derby is among the lucky ones who escaped Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The Milwaukee Brewers prospect was in shock Monday morning when he tweeted he was OK.

“I cannot believe what I witnessed last night,” the former Biloxi Shucker pitcher tweeted with a black and white image of Mandalay Bay. “My heart aches for those who lost loved ones. Stay strong Las Vegas #prayforvegas”

MLB.com reporter Adam McCalvey later tweeted that the Brewers confirmed Derby’s family and friends were all safe and traveling home Monday.

Through a Brewers spokesman, Derby sends his condolences to the victims and their families.

Derby previously tweeted he had been waiting years to see singer Luke Combs, who was part of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

According to reports, a gunman, later identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, shot down at the crowd of concertgoers from the Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor as Jason Aldean performed on stage. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded in the shooting.

After posting a 2-1 record and 2.88 ERA in 18 appearances with Biloxi last season, Derby was promoted to Triple-A. The right-hander didn’t slow down at Colorado Springs, finishing the year with a 5-0 record and 3.84 ERA. In113 1/3 combined innings, Derby struck out 95 against 37 walks.

Sun Herald will update this story.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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