Although the Biloxi Shuckers closed out the week losing their final two games, they rattled off five straight at the beginning of the week. With a team filled with prospects, they remain the best in the Brewers’ system.
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By winning five straight, the Shuckers have been able maintain their lead in the Southern League South standings with a 28-18 record. Closing out the week they still hold a one game lead over the Mississippi Braves. On Monday they will battle Birmingham Barons looking to take the series before taking on the star-studded Chattanooga Lookouts in a five game series starting Wednesday.
At the plate this week, Brandon Macias hit his first home run of the season, while Tyrone Taylor stayed strong and continued to boost his average. Outfielder Michael Reed batted .482 to raise his season average to .320. Top prospect, Orlando Arcia had another down week offensively, but his .325 average remains the third best in the Southern League. With a .265 team batting average, the Shuckers are now second in the league.
On the mound they saw the Hiram Burgos excel in his Biloxi debut, Jacob Barnes‘ first win of the year and Tyler Wagner‘s first loss (again in a game that he pitched well enough to win). With several strong outings, the Shuckers’ moved back to the top of the league in ERA.
Hitter of the Week: Kyle Wren
Kyle Wren continued his hot may this past week. He hit safely in six of seven games and was also able to swipe four more bases. With 15 steals on the year, he now ranks third in the league. After having a rough month of April at the plate, Wren has surged in May, batting .305 so far for the month and raising his batting average over 50 points. He has also continued to show his ability to put the ball in play, as he currently has an 11 game streak of not striking out.
Pitcher of the Week: Brent Suter
In the Shuckers’ rotation there is a lot of talent and former 31st round pick Brent Suter is often overlooked, but he had a great showing this past week. In a victory against Birmingham, Suter went six shutout innings striking out six batters, to improve to 3-1 on the year. Though the 25-year-old isn’t viewed as a big-time prospect, he is quietly putting together a strong season as he lowered his ERA to 2.20.
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