Biloxi Shuckers

Shuckers land 5 players on Southern League All-Star Team

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 Garrett Cooper of the Biloxi Shuckers takes a swing at the ball at MGM Park, Saturday, Apr. 2, 2016.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Garrett Cooper of the Biloxi Shuckers takes a swing at the ball at MGM Park, Saturday, Apr. 2, 2016.

After placing 10 players on the Southern League South All-Star Team a year ago, the Biloxi Shuckers will be represented well again this season.

The Shuckers have five players who will be taking part in the Southern League All-Star game on June 21 in Pearl. The league announced Wednesday the roster for the South Division squad, which includes three position players and two pitchers from Biloxi.

The Southern League All-Star Game will take place at 7:30 p.m. on June 21 at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Left-handed ace Josh Hader lands a spot on the team along with Stephen Peterson, who has been the most reliable option out of the Shuckers' bullpen this season.

The three position players are: Center fielder Brett Phillips, infielder/outfielder Garrett Cooper and catcher Jacob Nottingham.

For the second consecutive season, outfielder Kyle Wren was named to the team, but he won't participate following his promotion last week to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Hader has been the most dominant starting pitcher in the Southern League this season with a 2-1 record and a Southern League-leading 0.95 ERA in 11 starts. The Maryland native has allowed only six earned runs on 38 hits in 57 innings. He has 73 strikeouts compared to just 19 walks. The Shuckers are 9-2 in games that Hader starts.

Peterson leads the league with 26 appearances out of the Shuckers' bullpen. The 28-year-old leads Biloxi in wins with a record of 4-0. In 30.1 innings, the lefty has struck out 34 batters and has an ERA of 2.67.

Nottingham struggled to start the season, batting just .125 in his first 14 games, but he has recovered nicely with a .309 average since April 23. Nottingham, who was acquired from the Oakland A's in an offseason trade, is tied with Phillips for the team lead in homers with seven. He is batting .259 with seven homers and 19 RBIs.

Cooper leads the Shuckers with a .311 average through 51 games, good enough for fifth in the Southern League. The former Auburn Tiger also leads the team with 16 doubles. Cooper has spent time in the outfield and at first base this season.

Phillips, who has been named an all-star five times in the minors, is batting .257 with seven homers and 30 RBIs this season. He leads the team with 18 extra-base hits.

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