Milwaukee Brewers: Biloxi Shuckers Week 13 – Tayler Scott Signed from Independent League
The Biloxi Shuckers haven’t had the best week losing 5 in a row and are still last in the division.
Roster changes certainly effect all teams as even the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) who were the first half winners are just ahead of the Shuckers by two games at 7-9. But, with some of the recent Milwaukee Brewers roster moves, one has affected the AA team and that is the signing of relief pitcher Tayler Scott. While not the biggest move like trading Aaron Hill, Scott certainly has an interesting background. He was born in South Africa and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round back in 2011. From A+ to AA with the Cubs farm system his ERA rose from 1.96 to 5.23, so you can see why they had their doubts.
But, with the Sioux City Explorers in the Independent League, he seemed to bounce back and make sure MLB teams took notice again. With 28.2 IP, a 1.88 ERA, and 32:6 K:BB, the Milwaukee Brewers decided to give him another chance. So far, he’s pitched in just two games with a total of 3 IP, 2 ERs, 6.00 ERA, 2 BBs, and 3 Ks. Not enough numbers to make any assessment, but good to see him at least with the Milwaukee Brewers system and we’ll see what he does in the 2nd half with the Milwaukee Brewers AA team. While the Biloxi Shuckers have struggled this past week, let’s take a look and the top highlights.
Top 3 Hitters
.246/.309/.345 / 6 HRs/22 RBIs / 7.1 BB%/16.6 K%
In the 5 game losing streak, the Biloxi Shuckers haven’t scored more than 2 runs, so there certainly hasn’t been much offense. But, that doesn’t mean Taylor has slowed down. With 11 more Hs including 1 2B, 2 HRs, and 5 RBIs, his batting line continues to rise as at the end of June it was at .230/.299/.303, but all numbers have shot up, especially the AVG (.246) and SLG (.345). While his 8-game hitting streak came to an end, it’s more important to note he is getting back to where he was last year with the Shuckers or over HRs (3 to 6), wRC+ (84 to 88) and certainly looking to outdo many of them as he had 454 ABs compared to 281 so far this year.
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.209/.259/.287 / 3 HRs/29 RBIs / 6.7 BB%/16.3 K%
Betancourt is more known for his defense, so no surprise he doesn’t get too much highlights for his offense, but he did get his numbers up a bit with 7 Hs, 2 2Bs, 4 RBIs, and 2 BBs. Before this week, his AVG got to its lowest point since the start of the season at .196, so hopefully this is a rebound week offensively.
.206/.305/.412 / 10 HRs/30 RBIs / 12.3 BB%/23.7 K%
Ramirez was much like Betancourt as his AVG ducked under .200 for the first time since April, but he didn’t necessarily have the strongest week. He had 4 hits total in 2 of the games, but it did include a HR in yesterday’s game which put him just 2nd behind Brett Phillips with 10. His BABIP seems to be the number that’s the lowest compared to his last two years in the Milwaukee Brewers AA system at .221, where that last two years he had .290 or above.
Top 3 Pitchers
80.1 IP / 3.70 ERA / 3.38 FIP
Wang turned in his 4th straight solid start going 6 IP, 7 Hs, 2 ERs, 1 BB, and 6 Ks. The Shuck Dynasty notes Jacksonville tied the game up on an error by Wang in the 4th. The offense didn’t seem to help him as the Shuckers took the loss 3-1, but more importantly the SP seems to have gotten on a roll.
28.1 IP / 1.91 ERA / 2.85 FIP
Tough not to put Stephen Kohlscheen here when selecting a relief pitcher as he gave up his first run in 9 IP and has been key in closing games out for the Biloxi Shuckers. But, Spurlin’s ERA is at the lowest its been since May 17th at 1.17. He was called up from A+ back on May 4th and has been nothing but steady. In this past week he’s gone 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, and 2 Ks. While his K/9 are the highest since rookie league at 8.58, he’ll have to watch his BB/9 which is pretty high at 4.13.
46 IP / 4.11 ERA / 3.32 FIP (Stats just with Shuckers)
Hall may be put into a SP role for a brief period of time with Houser on the DL. In his last start he was able to go 6.1 IP, 4 Hs, 1 ER, and 4 Ks. It was part of one of the few wins this past week. While Hall’s ERA has jumped all over, it’s impressive his FIP has stayed low and it’s nice he’s been a reliable source for spot starts.
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RHP Adrian Houser has been placed on 7-day disabled list. RP Jaye Chapman, who started the season with the Shuckers and was called up to AAA, was traded today to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later and cash.