Despite a 5-10 record, Brown has posted a solid 3.74 ERA this season with 82 strikeouts in 19 starts. Although his overall numbers are impressive, it was Brown's recent play that likely put him over the top for this honor. Over his past three starts, Brown had gone 2-1, allowing just two runs over 17 innings to compile a 1.12 ERA over that span.
Brown has enjoyed a superlative season outside the month of May. He allowed Southern League hitters to bat .330 against him that month, but they have only hit .233 against him for the rest of the year. The sinkerballer owes much of that success to the outstanding defense of the infielders playing behind him. Fittingly, teammates Yunesky Sanchez (SS), Rusty Ryal (2B), and Bryan Byrne (1B) will join Brown on the All-Star roster.
Reliever Abe Woody rounds out the BayBear representation in the Southern League All-Star Game which will be played at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C. on Monday, July 14th.