Milwaukee Brewers: Biloxi Shuckers Week 9 – Hader Called Up to AAA

Jul 16, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; United States pitcher Josh Hader (17) delivers a pitch against the Dominican Republic during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Ajax Pan Am Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 16, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; United States pitcher Josh Hader (17) delivers a pitch against the Dominican Republic during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Ajax Pan Am Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Biloxi Shuckers had a good week going 5-2 as they stayed in the race to be the first half division champion.

After a few weeks of .500 of under baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers AA team had a week to maintain a chance to be the first half division champions as they remain one game back to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) at 35-26. While there were many highlights during the week, Josh Hader’s last start on Tuesday was tough to outdo as Biloxi Shuckers fans wouldn’t have guessed that may be the last time they’ll see him. So, let’s take a look at all the Milwaukee Brewers AA prospects and how they did this past week.

LHP Josh Hader

57 IP / 0.95 ERA / 19 BBs / 73 Ks

Every week I wrote about Josh Hader’s great start, I wondered when I’d actually write he’d been promoted. Well, the time has come and for the Biloxi Shuckers it changes up the starting rotation a bit, but this past Tuesday Hader made sure to leave with another solid start. Going 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 BBs, and 8 Ks, he was able to get the W and leave the team with winning record at 2-1. In 11 GS, he had a 2.12 FIP. We’ll see how that translates in Colorado Springs, not the most friendly park for pitchers.

C Jacob Nottingham

.253/.313/.389 / 7 HRs/20 RBIs / 13 BBs/53 Ks

Nottingham had 8 hits including another HR and 5 RBIs. He continues to be quite a good streak that anytime he doesn’t at least get on base, he seems off. This week, it’s the first time he’s been able to get his AVG over .250 all year. He still has a 25.4% strike out rate and can hopefully over time get that down like he did with the Oakland A’s closer to 20%.

RHP Adrian Houser

60.1 IP / 5.37 ERA / 18 BBs / 48 Ks

With Josh Hader being called up, the Biloxi Shuckers will need starting pitchers like Houser to really step it up. For those unfamiliar with the RHP, he was part of the Carlos Gomez trade. So far he hasn’t had the best season as 5.37 is his lowest ERA of the season. While his overall season hasn’t been the most impressive, he seems to have settled down his last two starts. He’s gone 13 IP, 1 ER, 2 BBs, and 12 Ks. For more info on his pitches, check out FanGraphs as they ranked him 29th in the Milwaukee Brewers prospects before the season began.

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3B Garrett Cooper

.309/.372/.420 / 0 HRs/29 RBIs / 14 BBs/30 Ks

Cooper remains to be the only Biloxi Shuckers hitter with an AVG over .300. While not a high prospect at 25 years old, he’s certainly a big part of the team if they hope to play in the championship game. He only had 5 hits this past week, but made them count as he had a total of 4 RBIs.

RHP Jorge Ortega

59.1 IP / 3.79 ERA / 10 BBs / 34 Ks

Ortega’s ERA was up to 4.46 after his start on May 26th, but after 3 solid starts giving up no more than 2 ERs in each one he’s gotten it down to 3.79. While he didn’t get the W in his last start his past Wednesday, more importantly, the Biloxi Shuckers did as he went 5.2 IP giving up 2 ER with 2 BBs and 3 Ks.

RHP Brandon Woodruff

28.1 IP / 3.81 ERA / 10 BBs / 26 Ks (2016 Minor League Numbers Overall)

Woodruff was called up to the Biloxi Shuckers on May 15th and so far done pretty well. In his 2 starts this past week, he went 12.1 IP, 3 ERs, 3 BBs, and 11 Ks. He was able to get his ERA down from 5.06 to 3.81. FanGraphs ranked him at #19 before the season began. He had an oblique issue last year and Milwaukee Brewers fans should be hopeful the last two starts are a sign he’s fully healthy.

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OF Brett Phillips

.245/.335/.446 / 7 HRs/30 RBIs / 23 BBs/67 Ks

Phillips had a rough week only having 3 hits. His AVG hasn’t been this low since May 4th/5th where it was .244, the lowest it’s been all season. He still leads the team in a number of categories like RBIs (30), TBs (30), but falling behind on OBP and OPS, two categories he was near the top at throughout the season. His wRC+ at 127 is also getting lower, so hopefully he’s in a need of a bounce back week with all the numbers going down.

Other notes:

OF Victor Roache has been placed on the 7-day DL as his numbers began to go down a bit last week as his AVG his just at .243. LHP Wei-Chung Wang had his roughest start of the season as he went 5 IP and gave up 8 ERs this past Thursday putting his ERA up to a season high 4.61.