Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – 2015 Season Review

Eye On The Southern League

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One Final “Look”…

      CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS – 2015 SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSlookoutlogo

       #NoogaStrong – Chattanooga is in fact strong, both on and off the field!

The 2015 campaign will likely be remembered as the year Biloxi joined the Southern League by occupying the much anticipated and long-awaited MGM Park. In the end, however, it was one of Minor League Baseball’s most historic and recognizable franchises responsible for writing the season’s final chapter. The Chattanooga Lookouts emerged once again as Southern League Champions in their first year as a Twins affiliate under the direction of former big leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz.

It was marked by a Championship Series which turned everything fans knew about these clubs on its head in dramatic fashion. Billed as a battle between easily the league’s best hitting (Chattanooga) and fiercest pitching (Biloxi) squads over the long haul of the full season, the series provided a complete role reversal. Ironically Biloxi would outhit the the sluggers from Chattanooga only to see the Lookouts use stellar pitching and a Game Five shutout en route to claiming victory. Isn’t that the lure of this great game of baseball, you just never know.

Congratulations are in order for both clubs after embracing and overcoming very different, yet palpable challenges all season long. While the road warriors came up one win short of a title, they provided a narrative that will be re-visited for generations to come. Chattanooga’s high expectations and continual roster turnover was ultimately handled with a clubhouse chemistry that bonded together those who remained, and in reality an entire city, on the journey to the Lookouts first Championship since 1988.

The Lookouts-Shuckers series was the perfect finish to a memorable year. When the dust settled, Chattanooga and Biloxi had entertained baseball fans right down to the last possible day requiring the maximum of five games to settle the Southern League crown.

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A “Look” Back At The Series…

2015 Southern League Championship Series
Chattanooga WINS series 3 Games To 2

Game 1:    Biloxi 7 Chattanooga 2      MGM Park      Biloxi leads 1-0
Game 2:    Chattanooga 6 Biloxi 1      MGM Park      Series tied 1-1
Game 3:    Biloxi 2 Chattanooga 0      AT&T Field      Biloxi leads 2-1
Game 4:    Chattanooga 4 Biloxi 2      AT&T Field      Series tied 2-2
Game 5:    Chattanooga 4 Biloxi 0      AT&T FIeld      Lookouts Win!!!

Series MVP: Chattanooga Pitcher Jason Wheeler

The 2015 Season At A Glance…

-Yearly Awards handed down by the League Office prior to Post-Season-
Southern League MVP: Max Kepler (Chattanooga Lookouts)
Southern League Pitcher of Year: Jorge Lopez (Biloxi Shuckers)
Southern League Manager of Year: Carlos Subero (Biloxi Shuckers)

-Best Of The Best-
Overall Record: Biloxi Shuckers 78-59
Home Record: Montgomery Biscuits 45-25
Road Record: Chattanooga Lookouts 42-28**
**Nearly half Biloxi’s home wins were actual road games
Team Batting Title: Montgomery Biscuits .264
Team Home Run Title: Chattanooga Lookouts 107
Team Stolen Base Leader: Chattanooga Lookouts 164
Team E.R.A. Crown: Biloxi Shuckers 3.25
Team Strikeout Crown: Montgomery Biscuits 1,158
Post-Season Batting: Biloxi Shuckers .253
Post-Sesaon E.R.A.: Chattanooga 2.63

-Individual Accomplishments-
Batting Champ: Wilson Contreras (TEN) .333
HR King: Adam Brett Walker II (CHT) 31
RBI King: Adam Brett Walker II (CHT) 106
Stolen Base Leader: Tim Anderson (BIR) 49
E.R.A. King: Tyler Wagner (BLX) 2.25
Wins Leaders: Myles Jaye (BIR) Jorge Lopez (BLX) 12
Strikeout King: Jamie Schultz (MTG) 168
Saves Leader: Zack Weiss (PNS) 25

-Post-Season Leaders-
Batting: Orlando Arcia (BLX) .400 (12-for-30)
HR: Orlando Arcia (BLX) 3
RBI: Orlando Arcia (BLX) 10
Wins: Wagner, Lopez (BLX), Hurlbut (CHT) 2
E.R.A.: Tyler Wagner (BLX) 0.00
Strikeouts: Lopez, Houser (BLX) 15

The Final Spotlight…
         -JP’s Eye On The Southern League “Golden Eye” Top Performing Prospect of 2015-
       OF Adam Brett Walker II – Chattanooga Lookouts – Minnesota Twins Organization
     -Walker joins Kris Bryant, who was last season’s Southern League Central Top Performer-

-JP’s Eye On The Southern League “Post-Season Performer” Top Performing Prospect In Playoffs-
          SS Orlando Arcia – Biloxi Shuckers – Milwaukee Brewers Organization

A Last Glance At The Final 2015 Standings…

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