Milwaukee Brewers: Biloxi Shuckers Week 4 – Phillips Hits 3 HRs in 1 Game

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Feb 26, 2016; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers Brett Phillips (77) poses for photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2016; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers Brett Phillips (77) poses for photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Biloxi Shuckers had a rough week for once as they went on a 4-game losing streak and are now tied for the best record in the Southern League at 18-10.

Although, that’s the negative of the overall team this past week, you’ll always go through the ups and down in a long season. But, to look at the positives, Brett Phillips hit 3 home runs in the game last night (never done before in Shuckers history) against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Jacob Nottingham had a 7-game hitting streak to get his batting average up. With a record of 18-10, the Milwaukee Brewers AA minor league team need more than those two to step it up to get things going again. But, before we take a look at the break down of Biloxi Shuckers prospects, let’s take a look at a graph from the beginning of the week showing the Milwaukee Brewers lack of power in the farm system and how it’s nice to see players like Brett Phillips lift the HR numbers up a bit.

OF Brett Phillips

.274/.373/.495 / 5 HRs/21 RBIs / 14 BBs/32 Ks

Yesterday, I wrote up how Brett Phillips had a solid week, but simply needed to show more power. Well, he answered that with his 3 HRs in 1 game and 4 HRs overall this past week. Until yesterday, the Biloxi Shuckers only had 3 runs at most during the week, so it’s easy to go on a losing streak that way. But, Phillips overall didn’t slow down as his OBP of .373 remains among the best on the team. The Milwaukee Brewers hope to see more power like doubles/home runs from him and weeks like this are very encouraging. When you have a player that leads the team by 3 in HRs and 2nd overall in the Southern League, that’s even better.

C Jacob Nottingham

Although, his overall numbers aren’t going to make a big jump in one week, a 7-game hit streak from April 25th through May 5th, always make it a good sign that it’s possible Nottingham might get things going again. During the hit streak Nottingham got at least 2 RBIs. Although, for most the 7-game hit streak might not deserve any sort of headline, when you’ve had a rough offensive start like Nottingham and your AVG is at .159 at the end of the month, you’ll soon get a headline or player of the week when you get your AVG to peak over .200. He’s very close. One step at a time.

P Josh Hader

28.2 IP / 0.94 ERA / 11 BBs / 40 Ks

I did all I could to not make Josh Hader the headline once again, but it was tough to hold back. Most would get the point, he’s been great, but it’s still impressive it’s been over a month and he hasn’t had one rough start. In his last start he went 5.2 IP, 8 Ks, and 2 BBs. His ERA is still under 1.00. Like MiLB.com points out, there’s still doubters on his starting capabilities, but so be it. He’s proving himself to be a starter this year.

P Wei-Chung Wang

28.2 IP / 2.83 ERA / 11 BBs / 20 Ks

After giving up 5 ERs and 8 hits in his last start, Wang looked for a bounce back start and he did just that. In 6.2 IP, he struck out 2 and walked 4, yet somehow only gave up 1 ER. The Biloxi Shuckers didn’t do much for him as they ended up losing 1-4, but Wang lowered his ERA back under 3.00. Although, it was a rough week, with solid pitching from Hader and Wang, the Shuckers should see a bounce back week in no time.

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P Jorge Ortega

27.2 IP / 2.60 ERA / 0 BBs / 17 Ks

It’s only fair to write about a SP like Jorge Ortega, although it comes at odd timing as he had his roughest outing going 5 IP, 5 ER, and 4 Ks. No matter what he still somehow has no walks this season and his ERA has only gone up to 2.60. According to FanGraphs KATOH Projections, he is worthy of being a “Super Deep Sleeper.” So, Milwaukee Brewers fans should have a reason to make notes of him this year and not just dismiss him if his success continues. Much like Wang, hopefully a bounce back start will be reported on next week.

OF Victor Roache

.258/.319/.409 / 1 HR/4 RBIs / 6 BBs/21 Ks

Any other week it seems like Victor Roache would be at the bottom of the list, but it seems like lots of Shuckers hitters are getting the case of the poor hitting bug. With just 1 hit this past week, his AVG dropped from .302 to .258. 0 walks don’t help either and now he’s on the bottom half the OBP ranking for his team. He’s been a streaky hitter this season to say the least.

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OF Tyrone Taylor

.208/.238/.277 / 1 HR/2 RBIs / 4 BBs/20 Ks

With 1 hit this past week and not a walk since April 25th, not much has been going right for Tyrone Taylor. On the 25th his AVG was .262 and its dropped down all the way to .208. While Phillips and Nottingham strived this past week, it appears almost the opposite has happened for most of the offense and Taylor has gone on the deepest end. His SLG% isn’t even above .300 at .277. Ouch.

Other notes:

Adding P Jorge Ortega to the list, means I’ve dropped relief pitcher Hobbs Johnson. But, doesn’t mean all has gone bad. In 2 relief appearances this past week he went 3 IP, 0 ER, 4 Ks, 2 BBs. His ERA dropped to 5.54 and will hopefully continue to do so. 2B Nate Orf does what he does best getting on base (.440 OBP) and was called up to the AAA Sky Sox. 3B Garrett Cooper is being smart and trying to play copycat doing much of the same (.394).

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