After a slow start to the week, the Biloxi Shuckers were able to close out the week on a roll. The Shuckers began this week by losing three of their first four games, but finished the week on a three game winning streak that included a 10-2 thumping on Sunday afternoon.
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By winning their last three games the Shuckers have not just held on to fourth place in the second half, but they have also stayed within striking distance, just four games back from first place in the Southern League South. This upcoming week, they will have an opportunity to gain even more ground as they have a five game series with the last place, Jackson Suns, before taking on the first place Mobile Baybears on Sunday to finish the week.
This week saw Wily Peralta finish his rehab and show that he was ready for his return to the major leagues. They also added a piece to the bullpen in the Aramis Ramirez trade in Yhonathan Barrios. He debuted on Saturday as he recorded his first save as a member of the Shuckers. The hard throwing right hander needs work on his off-speed stuff, but his blazing fastball should be exciting to watch in the future.
For the first time this season top-prospect Orlando Arcia went under .300 at the plate, but currently batting .299 Arcia remains one of the top hitters in the league. Though first baseman Nick Ramirez has been one of the biggest run producers on the team, he has batted just .094 in his past ten games. For the offense to get going he needs to find his stroke again.
Player of the Week: Victor Roache
For the second straight week, outfielder Victor Roache is our player of the week. Roache has been on a tear as of late, batting .361 over his last 10 games and adding two home runs and five multi-hit games. He closed out the week with a bang with two hits including his fifth AA home run as he raised his average to .267. As one of the top outfield prospects in the system and one of the players with the most raw power, Roache is continuing to show that he has a bright future in Milwaukee.
Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Wagner
Just like before he was dominating before he was called-up to Milwaukee, Wagner has continued to dominate since he has been back in Biloxi. This week he went seven innings allowing two runs and striking out a franchise high 11 batters. Though he is often overlooked, he is showing he will be a player in the Brewers’ future.