21 June 2011
On Monday, the night before the Southern League All-Star Game, the league held its annual Home Run Derby. The favorite was Mobile first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who leads all minor leaguers with 22 HR this season. Unfortunately, Goldschmidt was eliminated by Chattanooga's Kyle Russell in the second round of the competition. Players were given 8 "outs" (any non-HR is considered an out) in the First Round, and then 6 in the Second Round and in the Finals. Goldschmidt hit 2 HR in the first round, finishing in a three-way tie with Christian Marrero (Birmingham) and Ryan Flaherty (Tennessee). Goldschmidt won the swing-off between the three to advance to the Second Round, but then lost a swing-off to Russell. From the news articles, it is not clear how many HR the two players hit in the second round. Russell eventually lost in the Finals to Luke Montz of the Jacksonville Suns, who finished the contest with 16 HR over the three rounds. Montz, age 27, is currently second in the Southern League in HR with 15.
The Southern League All-Star Game is set for Tuesday night, and the Diamondbacks' Mobile affiliate will have 7 representatives. Starting for the South Team will be Goldschmidt and outfielders Ollie Linton and A.J. Pollock, while SS Taylor Harbin, OF Marc Krauss, and SPs Wes Roemer and Patrick Corbin will be reserves. The starting pitcher for the South will be Montgomery's Matt Moore, who just threw a no-hitter against the Bay Bears last week, and Jarrett Grube of Jackson will start for the North.