Milwaukee Brewers Farm Report: Biloxi Shuckers

Each week at, ‘Reviewing the Brew’ we will be providing weekly updates on each of the minor league teams. Every Monday, I will provide an update on the AA Biloxi Shuckers. New to the Milwaukee Brewers organization and waiting for their stadium to be completed, the Shuckers have been “road warriors”, as the have begun the year with a 55-game road trip.

After a strong week in which they went six and three, the Shuckers 11-6 and seated at in first place atop the Southern League South division, one game ahead of the Mobile Baybears.

In a week filled with rain, the Shuckers played a doubleheader on Tuesday and Sunday. Even when facing top Reds pitching prospect, Robert Stephenson, the Shuckers’ bats came out swinging and as they were able to come out on top.

The Shuckers roster is loaded with talent, including eight of MLB.com’s top-30 Brewers prospects. Position players like Orlando Arcia, Tyrone Taylor and Yadiel Rivera have been tearing up the league, while pitcher Brooks Hall, Hobbs Johnson and Tyler Wagner have been finding great success on the mound.

After just over two weeks of games, Arcia is ranked second in the league in batting average (.423) and third overall in OPS (1.088). Rivera has also been a hot hitter, ranking ninth in the league in batting average (.346) as he just recently saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end.

Other big-time offensive producers have been Nick Ramirez, who leads the league with four home runs and Kyle Wren who third in the league with five stolen bases. Outfielder Michael Reed also ranks in the top-20 in batting average (.295).

On the mound, Hall and Wagner lead the league with three wins and they both are in the top-15 in ERA with numbers well below two. Though they are not heralded starters in the league, they have both proven that they are much better than many think.

While these individual numbers have been great, the team numbers have been even better. At the plate the team is fourth in the league with a .263 batting average. On the mound, they have amazed, ranking first in the league with a 2.30 ERA.

Hitter of the Week: Orlando Arcia

Arcia has been incredible all season and just as strong this week. Although he didn’t record a hit in Sunday’s double header, Arcia pounded out 12 hits on the week, including his first home run of the season. If last season wasn’t enough, he is showing this year that he is not just a great glove in the field.

Pitcher of the Week: Brooks Hall

Hall was taken off of the Brewers 40-man roster this spring and it looks like the Brewers lucked out in not losing him. This week Hall won two games and allowed just one run in 12 innings of work. Though four starts he has been one of the Shuckers best allowing just three earned runs, while posting a 1.23 ERA.

This week the Shuckers will continue with a battle against Pensacola before traveling to Mobile. Look for our next update next Monday.