Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Lookout league's top hitter; Star best in ERA

Chattanooga's Scott Van Slyke was the Southern League batting champion and Huntsville right-hander Wily Peralta the ERA titlist this year.

Van Slyke rolled at a .348 clip this year with 20 home runs and 92 RBIs. League MVP Paul Goldschmidt, promoted from Mobile to the majors Aug. 1, finished fifth in average (.306), tied for first in homers (30) and second in RBIs (94).

Peralta was 9-7 with a 3.46 ERA, which is the highest for a Southern League leader in 14 years. In 1997, Birmingham's Russ Herbert won with a 3.63, the highest winning number in recorded SL history. Peralta is Huntsville's first ERA champ. Biscuits left-hander Matt Moore had a 2.20 ERA, but he didn't have enough innings to qualify for the league crown.

Also of note, Chattanooga's Alfredo Silverio hit 18 triples, which was just one shy of the league record set in 1977 by Alan Trammell of the Montgomery Rebels.

Biscuits right-hander Shane Dyer tied for the league lead with 28 starts and led with 191 hits allowed. Chris Archer totaled a league-high 18 wild pitches.

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