Final Three Stars of the Series of 2016!!
The Lookouts won their final series of 2016 but just barely missed the playoffs after Montgomery made a late surge into first place, relegating Chattanooga to the off season. Season over or not, it’s never too late to honor the top performances of the last set of games for the year, specially when the team took a series win from the First Half Champion and playoff-bound Jackson Generals.
Third Star – Aaron Slegers
The Lookouts depended on Aaron Slegers to be a steady force in their rotation all season, and the towering right hander did not disappoint all overall or in his final outing. Slegers threw seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The righty ended the year as the team leader in games started, innings pitched, strikeouts and wins after improving to 10-7 against Jackson.
Second Star – Felix Jorge
Jorge may not have dominated Generals batters with big strikeout totals, but he finished the year with fabulous results anyway. The midseason call-up capped his 2016 with a nine-inning complete game and allowed just one run in the process. In his 11 starts with Chattanooga, Jorge never threw less than five innings and showed supreme command with just 12 walks in 74.1 innings pitched.
First Star – Niko Goodrum
After starting the year on the disabled list and having many ups and downs after returning to game action, Niko Goodrum unquestionably saved his best for last. In the five games against Jackson to close the season. Goodrum hit .556 with 10 hits in 18 at bats. Three of those hits were for extra bases with two doubles and a homer, with Goodrum driving in two and scoring four runs himself as well. If that wasn’t enough, Niko stole a trio of bases without being caught stealing. Just to put it all in perspective, Goodrum entered the series with a .244 season batting average through roughly half of the year. When the season came to an end, he was hitting .275.
Honorable Mention: DJ Hicks plagued Jackson’s pitching staff in nearly every game between the Lookouts and Generals and went out still haunting them with eight hits in 19 at bats, two runs scored and three RBI. Kohl Stewart also came off the Disabled List for a final start in 2016 and threw a six inning quality start.
Just because the season is over doesn’t mean the coverage of the Lookout season at All Aboard is too. Stop back in next week for the 2016 All Aboard Award Series recapping the season while honoring the Lookouts players that truly stood out in 2016 Southern League action.