Milwaukee Brewers: Biloxi Shuckers Week 6 – Brett Phillips’ Hamstring Injury

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 /

The Biloxi Shuckers had a rough week for once as they went 2-4 and are now tied in the Southern League South at the top of the division.

Every week there’s usually more than enough highlights to point out to when a team wins, but the Milwaukee Brewers Double AA team just didn’t have things going for them as even when there offense was putting runs on the board, the pitching was off. The biggest news of the week may have been the biggest prospect on the team getting injured. So, let’s take a look at how their top players did this week.

OF Brett Phillips

.292/.367/.484 / 6 HRs/26 RBIs / 15 BBs/48 Ks

Unfortunately, for the week for the Milwaukee Brewers AA team heard the bad news of one of their most highly ranked prospects, Brett Phillips going on the DL. Hopefully, it’ll only be a short period of time as Chris Harris, part of the Biloxi Shuckers Radio Network, has reported Phillips was already back doing batting practice with the team yesterday.

LHP Josh Hader

40.2 IP / 0.89 ERA / 13 BBs / 54 Ks

Josh Hader went 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 Ks, an 1 BB last Monday. While the pitching department for the Shuckers wasn’t anything to brag about this past week, Hader continued to dominate. Plus, his consistency to get deeper into ball games only helps. Writers like Bernie Pleskoff hold Josh Hader with high regards as his article rates him as an “occasional all-star.”

LF Victor Roache

.252/.325/.456 / 4 HRs/12 RBIs / 11 BBs/33 Ks

Victor Roache had 5 Hs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 BBs, and 7 Ks over this past week. While it wasn’t the best week for the offense, he added to his numbers and kept his AVG above .250. He still needs to work on striking out less as only Phillips has more Ks (48), but his power is staying at a solid level with an OPS of .781.

C Jacob Nottingham

.228/.290/.339 / 4 HRs / 12 RBIs / 9 BBs/31 Ks

Nottingham continues to be consistent has he got a hit in 5 of the 6 games he played this past week. Much like Roache, he’s adding to his power department also with 2 HRs. The signs continue to be encouraging for Nottingham as each week the numbers go up.

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3B Garrett Cooper

.314/.392/.457 / 0 HRs/15 RBIs / 12 BBs/15 Ks

For once, the Ks have actually gone over the BBs for Cooper, but that doesn’t mean he had a rough week. In the Shuckers 3 losses this week, they got 2 runs or less and needed more hitters to bat in players like Cooper. He had 6 hits this past week, but looking to drive in more runs at the clean-up spot where he only had 1 RBI.

LHP Wei-Chung Wang

44.1 IP / 3.65 ERA / 17 BBs / 30 Ks

This past week, Wang went 5 IP with 3 ERs, 2 Ks, and 1 BB. Consistency is the biggest thing for the left-hander as he had an okay outing, but his ERA is at the highest its been all season. He’s not like Hader where he can heavily rely on striking out and getting his pitch speed up to 97 MPH. Wang can get up to the low nineties and relies more so on change in speed and pitch velocity for outs. Although, nothing to be overly concerned about thus far, his 4.06 FIP continues to rise.

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RHP Jorge Ortega

38.2 IP / 3.72 ERA / 3 BBs / 20 Ks

While there wasn’t much positive notes on Ortega the past 2 starts giving up 11 total ERs resulting in his ERA jumping to 3.90, he seemed to settle down this past week. Going 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 3 Ks, he seemed to get back to his normal routine. Much like Wang, if he gets back to his consistent approach early on in the season, he’ll help the Milwaukee Brewers AA club get back on its feet next week.

Other notes:

While 2B Javier Betancourt got the headline last week, he didn’t get as much playing time this past week with only 3 games and just had 1 hit. OF Tyrone Taylor had positive notes to make this past week as he had 6 hits and 3 RBIs. He’s looking to be like Jacob Nottingham and get on a good hitting streak.