The Biloxi Shuckers continue to remain the prized team in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization. Already 37 games in to their grueling road-trip, they continue to have the “road-warrior” mentality as they sit atop the Southern League South standings with a 21-16 record. With a 3.18 team ERA and a group of hungry young starts, this team should be one of the best all year long.
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This past week the Shuckers went 3-4 as they saw both pitching duels and games filled with offensive explosions. This next week they close out their series with Jacksonville and then close the week with a four-game match-up against Birmingham.
At the plate, Kyle Wren stayed hot as he carried an 11-game hitting streak into Sunday’s double header. During the streak, Wren was able to raise his batting average from .213 to .254 as he continues to be an on-base threat at the top of the order.
Fellow outfielder Tyrone Taylor has also had a strong week as he has worked his way into the leadoff spot for a few games. Though he is one of the youngest players in the league, he batting .252 with a .304 OBP. As he continues to see more plate appearances, I expect to see these numbers grow even more.
The team also saw their first promotion this week as middle infielder Yadiel Rivera was promoted to AAA Colorado Springs. With his promotion, the Shuckers lost not only their two hitter, but also one of the best offensive players in the league (along with teammate Orlando Arcia) throughout the first two months.
In other promotions from the week they will also have Hiram Burgos joining the rotation in the coming week. In seven starts at Brevard County, Burgos has gone 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA. Adding him to the strong rotation will bring in a veteran presence who has pitched at the major league level to the roster.
First baseman Nick Ramirez has been on fire this week for the Shuckers. Though the slugger didn’t homer this week, he was able to drive in nine runs and raise his batting average nearly 30-points with an 11 hit week. Batting .301 with power, the 25-year-old first baseman who is in his second year in AA is showing that he is deserving of a future promotion.
Tyler Wagner again continued to show that he is one of the best pitchers in the Southern League. He earned a victory on Tuesday after allowing just one run in six innings and pitched well enough again to win his Sunday start. At 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA, he is pitching better than fellow Brewers farmhand Tyler Cravy did before he was promoted to AAA last season. It is only a matter of time before Wagner is pitching at the next level.
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