The Biloxi Shuckers went 4-4 this past week and for once are out of first place in the Southern League South.
The Milwaukee Brewers AA team had an even week, but for once are out of first place in the Southern League South and will need to make a fight if they want to be the first half division winner. Roster moves like Wei-Chung Wang being called down to the Helena Brewers (Rookie Level) may have been bad news for Milwaukee Brewers fans, while OF Brett Phillips getting back on the field off the DL is great news. But, that’s how every season goes. Good and bad news. So, let’s take a look at how the week went for some of the Biloxi Shuckers top players.
51 IP / 0.88 ERA / 17 BBs / 65 Ks
To start the week, MLB Pipeline gave Josh Hader a nice shoutout and in his two starts he simply added to it. In 11.1 IP in his 2 starts this week, he had 11 Ks, 4 BBs, and just 1 ER. The Biloxi Shuckers made sure to get Hader at least one W, but more importantly the team got 2 out of the 4 wins this week when he started.
.267/.349/.459 / 6 HRs/26 RBIs / 15 BBs/48 Ks
Judging from the gif, you can tell Brett Phillips is back to his good old, goofy self after a walk-off win. He last played on May 17th as he had to go to the DL with a left hamstring strain. Luckily, it didn’t last too long as he came back to play last night at home against the Mobile BayBears and pitch in with 3 hits. If the Biloxi Shuckers hope to be the first half division winner, a healthy Brett Phillips will be key.
49.2 IP / 3.62 ERA / 18 BBs / 35 Ks
Wei-Chung Wang made his last start for the Biloxi Shuckers (at least for now) this past week. He went 5.1 IP, 5 Ks, 1 BB, and gave up 2 ERs. While last week I remember typing “big change” and deleting it after seeing Wang’s numbers compared to the start of the season, I guess the Milwaukee Brewers saw it the same way (or maybe it’s an injury that hasn’t yet been announced). While in my head I thought my comparison was mostly due to comparing it to Josh Hader, the organization must’ve seen something else as Wang was a high prospect last year. Only time will tell if he’s able to settle down and impress the Milwaukee Brewers organization and get called back up to the Shuckers as going all the way down to Rookie level seems odd.
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.295/.358/.424 / 0 HRs/21 RBIs / 12 BBs/21 Ks
Garrett Cooper made sure his hits counted this week as he had 6 hits, 6 RBIs (No, not all were 1 hit-1 RBI). With the Brett Phillips injury and shaky lineups at times, it’s nice to have a stable player in the lineup and Cooper seems to be just that. With 56 TBs, he nearly caught up to his teammate Phillips who leads the Shuckers with 62 TBs.
48.2 IP / 3.88 ERA / 6 BBs / 27 Ks
With Wei-Chung Wang being called down to High-A, many starters must step it up and Jorge Ortega is one of them. On Sunday, he went 3.2 IP with 5 ERs, 3 BBs, and 1 K. On Saturday, he had a bounce back start with 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 BBs, and 6 Ks. Any time Ortega has 0 BBs, it’s a good sign. While, solid numbers all around, to go a bit above a 4.41 FIP doesn’t look the best, but the Milwaukee Brewers organization might like his 2.9% BB ratio overall to keep him in AA.
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.238/.299/.331 / 4 HRs/12 RBIs / 10 BBs/39 Ks
Jacob Notthingham had 7 hits this week to get his average up as it was at .228 last week. While he didn’t drive in any runs, any sort of consistency out of Nottingham is a good sign. With plenty of charts still showing the Milwaukee Brewers lack of power in their farm system, the Biloxi Shuckers are tied for 6th with 25 HRs. Don’t be surprised to see Nottingham drive in more runs through HRs or any other way next week.
.250/.338/.433 / 4 HRs/13 RBIs / 16 BBs/38 Ks
Victor Roache didn’t have a rough week with 4 hits, but much like Nottingham didn’t help to drive in runs. Certainly doesn’t tell you everything about a hitter as it all depends on where you’re put in the lineup. But, just to try to evaluate Roache at this point a bit more besides the basic stats, he does have a 124 wRC+, so he his having a solid season as his highest was a 137 wRC+ with the A+ affiliate in 63 games.
2B Javier Betancourt mostly known for his glove added some pop to his bat with his 2nd HR of the season along with 6 other hits to get his AVG up to .241. With RHP Javier Salas taking Wang’s spot in the rotation off the DL, he had a solid outing with 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, and 4 Ks to get his ERA down to 3.79.