The Biloxi Shuckers did not win first half title, but Milwaukee Brewers fans in the south got good news about the AA team staying together through 2020.
Last week Sunday the Shuckers lost 2-1 in the doubleheader, so right away the possibility of winning the Southern League South were cut short. But, later on in the week the Biloxi Shuckers announced that they’d stay affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers as the AA team through 2020. For those curious, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are also signed through 2020, but the high-A and AAA clubs are only signed through the end of the season.
But, getting back to the players on the field this past week the Shuckers ended the first half going 39-30, 1.5 back of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN). If the Milwaukee Brewers AA affiliate hopes to get back to the playoffs, they may need to kick it up a bit more on offense as there’s no Josh Hader (called up to AAA) and they were outscored a bit in the first half.
I’m off a day, so I’ll include Sunday’s game and like any mid-season break I’ll change things up a bit and highlight the top 3 hitters/pitchers for each week.
Top 3 Hitters
.259/.344/.478 / 10 HRs/39 RBIs / 10.6 BB%/31.0 K%
Phillips contributed with a single in the 2-1 loss that took the Shuckers out of the first half as they only had 3 hits total. Later in the week he made sure to add to his OBP as he had 11 TBs including a HR, which made him the only Shuckers player with double digits in that hitting department. The Milwaukee Brewers hope to see him stay healthy for the full first half and continue to show his power.
.317/.376/.450 / 2 HRs/20 RBIs / 7.1 BB%/15.5 K%
6 RBIs and 3 BBs seems to be the usual for Mr. Cooper as he’s in a good spot going behind Brett Phillips. His only game without a hit was the first game of the double header last Sunday. He certainly earned his spot on the Southern League South All-Star team and helped them get the win.
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.364/.364/.455 / 0 HRs/1 RBIs / 0 BB%/9.1 K% (4 games)
Ortega was called up from Single-A club as SS Nick Shaw retired last week at the age of 27. He’s not necessarily high on the prospect list for the Milwaukee Brewers, but made sure to make a good impression as he’s gone 6-14 with 2 RBIs along the way.
Top 3 Pitchers
69.2 IP / 4.13 ERA / 4.17 FIP
Ortega had the 2nd start in the double header and a start yesterday. Combined, he went 13 IP, 3 ERs, 2 BBs, but more importantly got his first W of the year (finally!) in his 1st start. Of course, his 1st start is where he gave up 0 ERs.
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66.1 IP / 4.07 ERA / 3.50 FIP
In 6.2 IP, Wang had his most Ks of the season with 9 and got the Shuckers the win. His ERA remains over 4.07, but his FIP is at a solid 3.50. He’ll be a much reliable starter for the team as if his K/9 (7.33), his highest since Rookie League (7.36).
25.1 IP / 2.49 ERA / 2.75 FIP
Of the Shuckers 2 wins this past week, Kohlscheen locked up the close one with his 6th save of the season. Between him and Daniel Tillman, they’ve gotten 12 saves ever since their main closer, Jaye Chapman was called up to Colorado Springs back in early May.
A nice picture above to celebrate all the Biloxi Shuckers All-Stars (Cooper, Archer, Nottingham, Phillips, Peterson). Shuckers went 1-3 overall this past week. Taylor and Ramirez were big contributors in a 10-9 loss as they had 3 HRs together in Friday’s loss. SP Javier Salas was added to DL list.