The Biloxi Shuckers finished this past week four and three and surrendered their lead in the Southern League South standings to the Mobile Baybears. Currently at 15-9, the Shuckers remain the best team in the Milwaukee Brewers’ system as they trail the Baybears by a half game in the standings.
This upcoming week as the Shuckers look to regain the lead they will finish up their long series with Mobile and then end the week with a five-game series against the third-place Mississippi Braves. Here is a look at some of the highlights and standout players from this week.
Top-prospect Orlando Arcia has continued to hit. With a .375 average through his first 23 games, Arcia is proving more and more that his fast start is no fluke. While he is not expected to remain this hot all-year, he is certainly developing into a top-ten shortstop prospect.
Leadoff hitter Kyle Wren has gotten off to a slow start at the plate, but that hasn’t stopped him from running wild on the bases. Though his average is down, he has been patient enough to have a .307 OBP and he has continued to run wild on the base paths. With three more steals this week he has eight on the season and is currently third in all of the Southern League in steals.
Pitcher Tyler Wagner earned his fourth win of the season on Monday and he pitched well enough to win his fifth on Saturday, as he allowed only one run in seven innings of work. Each time out on the mound he continues to prove that he is one of the best arms in the entire system.
Speaking of pitching, the entire Shuckers staff has continued to dominate. With a starting rotation full of league leading pitchers, the Shuckers’ pitchers lead in overall ERA and WHIP by a wide margin above the rest of the league.
Top Hitter: Nick Ramirez
In the Shuckers’ lineup players like Orlando Arcia, Yadiel Rivera and Tyrone Taylor garner much attention, but Nick Ramirez has provided the power. With two home runs on Sunday leading the Shuckers to victory, Ramirez has moved back into the league lead in home runs. This week he has gone 8-25 helping to raise his average to .270.
Top Pitcher: Brooks Hall
With each start Brooks Hall just keeps getting better. After Friday’s excellent start in which he allowed only three hits and no runs while striking out six, he was able to lower his ERA to a league leading 0.96. When the Brewers’ took him off the 40-man roster they took a chance on losing him and with each time out, he has made them thankful that no one picked him up.