The Biloxi Shuckers have done it! Although they had almost every excuse in the world to struggle out of the gates, the Shuckers have clinched the Southern League South title in grand fashion, winning Sunday night’s game 9-0 to lock down a playoff spot. Here is a look at their great week and what is to come this week.
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This past week battling some of the best competition in the Southern League, the Shuckers went five and two, including two dominating victories against the Mississippi Braves during the weekend. This upcoming week the Shuckers finish their series with the Braves on Monday before taking on the Montgomery Biscuits in a five game match-up to finish the week.
Not only were the Shuckers able to clinch this week, but they also had great showing in their SL all-star selections. Originally eight Shuckers made the squad and after Jorge Lopez and Adam Weisenburger were added to the squad they have ten all-star selections. The Shuckers have dominated in all phases of the game and their ten all-stars show just how strong they really have been all year long.
At the plate the Shuckers still have leaders in many offensive categories. Orlando Arica remains the league leader in hits and doubles while being among league leaders with a .316 batting average. With eight homers, Nick Ramirez is still among home run leaders in the league, while underrated outfielder Michael Reed finds his name in many top ten lists, too.
On the mound, Brooks Hall leads the league in wins, while Tyler Wagner is again atop the league in ERA. Others like Hobbs Johnson and Lopez are climbing the charts as well. This team has really had it going as of late on the mound.
Player of the Week: Tyrone Taylor
While many of his teammates have received accolades, it is hard to overlook the way Tyrone Taylor has played this past week. He has not only hit safely in six straight games, but he has had multi-hit games in four games this past week, including a three hit game Sunday night. By homering in two straight games this week, he also became the first player to hit home runs on consecutive games at MGM Park. Many view him as the future center fielder in Milwaukee and with the way he is playing, there is no way to doubt it.
Pitcher of the Week: Brooks Hall
There are many pitchers who could be considered for this spot this week, but Brooks Hall is the clear choice. In 15 innings, Hall allowed just one run and won both starts including the first half clincher Sunday night. He was almost lost when taken off the 40-man roster in spring training, but with each start he is proving that he still could be a valuable piece in the Brewers’ future.