The Biloxi Shuckers clinched the Southern League South first half title on Sunday, but that didn’t mean that they took this past week off. Instead, the team continued to roll by winning four of five (the sixth game was delayed as of this writing). The team is poised to head into the all-star break with at least 43 wins.
This upcoming week, nine Shuckers will represent the team the all-star game on Tuesday night (10 were selected, but Kyle Wren has since been called up to AAA). They will then finish the week with a four game series against Jacksonville.
This week not only saw Wren promoted to AAA, but they also have a new member, as slugging outfielder Victor Roache joined the roster. In just a few games, his presence has already been felt. He belted the first ever walk-off home run in team history in Saturday night’s 1-0, 15-inning victory. Though he has mainly been batting eighth since his promotion, it shouldn’t take long for him to be moved to the middle of the strong Shuckers’ lineup. On the previous day, former Brewer, Taylor Green delivered another walk-off win as he singled in Michael Reed to give the Shuckers a 11-10 victory over Montgomery.
This week also saw the return of Jed Bradley as he was sent down from AAA Colorado Springs. While he struggled in his first season as a reliever there, the former first round pick of 2011 could still be an arm to watch coming out of the bullpen.
Player of the Week: Nick Ramirez
He doesn’t get a lot of the accolades that the other stars do on the roster, but Ramirez has been the power source in the Shuckers’ lineup this season. This past week he not only had a three hit performance, but he also had a home run and six RBI night. As the team leader in both home runs and RBI’s, he deserves as much credit as anyone for their great start to 2015.
Pitcher of the Week: Brent Suter
Suter was untouchable on the mound this past week. While he only was able to get credit for one win, he allowed zero runs in 13 innings of work and was able to lower his season ERA to 1.73 which is good enough for second in the league. Although he isn’t currently viewed as a big prospect in the system if he continues to succeed at this current pace, the 25-year-old could make a name for himself in the future.