Seymour native named Southern League’s Most Valuable pitcher


There aren’t many accolades left for Zack Brown to collect in Double-A baseball.

The Biloxi Shuckers pitcher was named Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher for the 2018 season on Wednesday.

Brown, 23, of Seymour, who is in his third professional season with the Milwaukee Brewers organization, has put together a career year.

In 119.2 innings of work, Brown is 9-0 on the mound with an ERA of 2.48. He also has a WHIP of 1.05 and Batting Average Against of .208.

Brown’s ERA and winning percentage lead the Southern League, while his WHIP and BAA rank second.

The former University of Kentucky standout is currently ranked the Brewers’ No. 1 pitching prospect and No. 8 overall prospect among all positions.

His best game, so far, for the Shuckers was on June 15, as he tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout. He had eight strikeouts while taking a perfect game into the eighth inning and a no-hitter down to the final strike.

He was named to the Southern League South Division All-Star team in July, his first professional All-Star selection.

The Shuckers are 18-2 in games that Brown has started this season, and 19-2 in games in which he makes an appearance.

Prior to an ankle injury on July 15, which kept him off the mound for a month, Brown had pitched through the fifth inning in his first 16 starts.

He wasn’t the only Shucker to earn big honors. Brown’s teammate, Corey Ray, was named Southern League MVP while Mike Guerrero took home Manger of the Year honors.

Brown joins Jorge Lopez as the only other Shuckers pitcher to win the award from the league.

Brown was drafted with the 141st pick in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

The Shuckers started a five-game homestand at MGM Park on Thursday. They will stay at home in Mississippi for the first two games of the South Division Championship Series, which is Sept. 6-7.

No posts to display