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SUNS: Riddle Named Southern League Postseason All-Star

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Former Jacksonville Suns infielder J.T. Riddle has been named a 2016 Southern League Postseason All-Star, announced by the league office on Tuesday morning.

Riddle gets the superlative as the league’s best third baseman in 2016, after compiling an impressive second half at the plate. Overall in 101 games with the Suns, Riddle hit .278 with three home runs and 51 RBI.

He compiled the league’s longest hitting streak in 2016, as well as the longest one in Suns history since 2009, with a 25-game hitting streak from June 23 to August 6. In that streak, which included spending 16 days on the disabled list, he hit .370 (37-for-100) with a home run, 13 RBI, seven doubles, and 15 runs scored. Riddle’s streak was also tied with Jackson’s Dario Pizzano in 2014 for the longest hitting streak in the Southern League since 2009.

Riddle in the second half with the Suns hit safely in 32 of 34 games played, hitting .338 with a homer and 15 RBI in that time. Riddle was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans on August 18, where he is currently hitting .342 for the Zephyrs in 10 games in the Pacific Coast League.

This is the first Southern League honor for Riddle, and the second time he has been named an All-Star, after being a 2015 Florida State League Midseason All-Star with the Jupiter Hammerheads. Last season he was also an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star for the Marlins, and represented Miami in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

Riddle, 24, is a native of Frankfort, Ky., and was selected by the Marlins in the 13th round of the 2013 draft from the University of Kentucky. He is MLB.com’s No. 11 Marlins prospect in their updated rankings, while Baseball America had him listed as Miami’s No. 22 prospect entering 2016.

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