The Biloxi Shuckers are on fire. After loading up their roster for the postseason, the Shuckers went on to sweep the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. While the starting pitching was the biggest key to victory, several bats were on fire, too. Here is a look at the sizzling Shuckers’ bats as they head into the Southern League Championship Series on Wednesday.
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The Shuckers’ starters were amazing in their three starts, but Orlando Arica played like an MVP in each game. In three games Arica batted .615 (8-13) and was the center of almost every scoring opportunity. He homered in back to back nights and in the final game of the series he went four for five with a homer and three doubles. Just like all season, this series proved that Arcia is the best player in the system.
Rivera returned to Biloxi for the final month and he has been a key to the offense in the first postseason series. As the bat in front of Arcia, he singled five times and scored three runs. Often he is known for his glove, but he is proving that his bat can play, too.
Right after the Colorado Springs Sky Sox season ended, Reed went back to Biloxi to help on their championship run. So far he has batted .333 in nine at-bats and he has reached base in every game. Finally healthy, he has improved his stock all season long.
Phillips returned to the lineup from injury in time to start game one. He doubled in game one and while he went 0-3 in game three, he was still able to use his speed to score a run in the eventual win.
Cooper has cooled off a bit since his batting .552 in his first nine games in Biloxi, but he has still proven to be a big bat in the center of their lineup throughout the postseason. Through the three playoff games he has two hits and three RBIs.
With the return of Phillips from injury and Reed from Colorado, Roache hasn’t seen much time in the postseason, but he has taken advantage of his opportunities. In his one start, he went one for three with a walk and drove in a big insurance run. He has had an awesome season and he continues to show his bat will be a big piece of the Brewers’ future.
Before the Brewers added Brett Phillips, Taylor was widely viewed as the team’s best outfield prospect. Already an outstanding defender, Taylor has had an awesome postseason at the plate. In three games, he is batting .417 with five hits and two doubles. If he can stay hot, the Shuckers are going to be though to beat.