FORT MYERS, Fla. - For the second straight year, the Fort Myers Miracle are South Division Champs of the Florida State League. Last year, in route to a Florida State League Championship, the Miracle won the second half division title. 

Tuesday after sweeping a doubleheader in Tampa against the Tarpons, the Miracle claimed the first half division crown. This automatically clinches them a playoff birth regardless of what happens during the second half of the season. 

“We started the year with a lot of the guys from last year‘s team that won it and so I think they just rolled it over and started off strong. It’s been tremendous,” Miracle General Manager Chris Peters said in anticipation of Tuesday’s division title. 



"Strong" is definitely a fair statement. The Miracle lead the league in home runs and are second in team ERA. Peters gave credit to Toby Gardenhire for continuing to develop the rich talent that has been coming through Hammond Stadium, courtesy of the Minnesota Twins front office. 

“The talent of the Minnesota Twins are drafting and developing in their system has been tremendous. I mean you look at the pitching prospects that we’ve had come through here in the last year, and this year it’s almost unrivaled,” Peters said.


Miracle celebrate their 2018 championship win


One of those draft picks who has helped the Miracle to last year’s Florida State League Championship and this year’s first half South Division crown is 2017 first overall pick Royce Lewis.

When asked early this year if there was pressure defending their title Lewis said, “I don’t feel any pressure, no.

I feel like the team is just gonna keep going strong and keep getting these wins.”

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