Bryant, Stephenson, Lamb Top Depleted List Of Southern League All-Stars

If you look at the charts below, two things immediately jump out. First, Kris Bryant is obviously on the team, which means fans will be able to behold one of the game’s great prospects. Second and less fortunately, a lot of the bigger names have already been lost to promotion. Southern Division lefty and top Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney has moved on to New Orleans. Former Mississippi reliever Shae Simmons is up with the big club. J.T. Realmuto was bumped up to help the Marlins.

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant (Photo by Mike Janes).

With that trio gone, the biggest star power left belongs to Bryant, who is mauling the Southern League at a disturbing pace. Here are the categories in which he leads the league: Runs (50), hits (73), home runs (19), RBIs (51), total bases (145), walks (tie, 37), all three triple-slash categories (.348/.456/.690) and OPS (1.147). His homer total is two behind Joey Gallo and Peter O’Brien for the minor league lead.

If Bryant didn’t exist (shudder), Mobile third baseman Lamb might be drawing much more attention. He’s the second best third baseman in the league, and might just be the second best overall player. He doesn’t hit as well as Bryant does, but he plays much, much better defense at third. He’s fifth in batting average (.319), ninth in on-base percentage (.396) and second in slugging percentage (.567), and has a league-best 22 doubles.

Besides those two, the most intriguing yet enigmatic name is Robert Stephenson, the fireballing Reds righty who has a tendency to lose the strike zone. He’s allowed just 46 hits and has whiffed 67 in 61 innings, but is walking more than four batters per nine innings.

Rafael Lopez, Tennessee (Cubs)
Kevan Smith, Birmingham (White Sox)
Nick Ramirez, 1B, Huntsville (Brewers)
Stephen Bruno, 2B, Tennessee (Cubs)
Kris Bryant, 3B, Tennessee (Cubs)
Ketel Marte, SS, Jackson (Mariners)
Darnell Sweeney, INF, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
John Andreoli, OF, Tennessee (Cubs)
Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
Josh Richmond, OF, Birmingham (White Sox)
Scott Schebler, OF, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
Trayce Thompson, OF, Birmingham (White Sox)
Corey Black, RHP, Tennessee (Cubs)
Andrew Barbosa, LHP, Visalia (Diamondbacks)
Tyson Brummett, RHP, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
Tyler Cravy, RHP, Huntsville (Brewers)
Drew Gagnon, RHP, Huntsville (Brewers)
David Goforth, RHP, Huntsville (Brewers)
Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Huntsville (Brewers)
Stephen Kohlscheen, RHP, Jackson (Mariners)
Arcenio Leon, RHP, Huntsville (Brewers)
Chris Reed, LHP, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
Armando Rivero, RHP, Tennessee (Cubs)
Brent Suter, LHP, Huntsville (Brewers)
Cody Winiarski, RHP, Birmingham (White Sox)
Luke Maile, Montgomery (Rays)
J.T. Realmuto, Jacksonville (Marlins)
Jon Griffin, 1B, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
Ryan Brett, 2B, Montgomery (Rays)
Jake Lamb, 3B, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
Mycal Jones, Mississippi (Braves)
Taylor Motter, Montgomery (Rays)
David Peralta, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
Brady Shoemaker, Jacksonville (Marlins)
Steve Selsky, Pensacola (Reds)
Rey Navarro, Pensacola (Reds)
Jake Barrett, RHP, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
Andrew Chafin, LHP, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
Blake Cooper, RHP, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
Andrew Heaney, LHP, Jacksonville (Marlins)
James Hoyt, RHP, Mississippi (Braves)
Michael Lorenzen, RHP, Pensacola (Reds)
Jon Moscot, RHP, Pensacola (Reds)
Justin Nicolino, LHP, Jacksonville (Marlins)
Aaron Northcraft, RHP, Mississippi (Braves)
Williams Perez, RHP, Mississippi (Braves)
Shae Simmons, RHP, Mississippi (Braves)
Robert Stephenson, RHP, Pensacola (Reds)