SP Luis Ortiz has been quite the player for the Biloxi Shuckers as he went 18.1 IP without giving up an earned run.
After the Milwaukee Brewers trade of Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress for 2 top 75 ranked prospects (by Baseball America) including Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz. While rankings always give players a big promise, it’s always difficult to judge until seeing them play on the field.
But, Ortiz is one that has shown nothing but promise. After the trade, FanGraphs took a look at the newly acquired Milwaukee Brewers prospects. Ortiz’s three top pitches include the fastball, slider, and changeup. The fastball (93-96 mph) and slider (83-85 mph) are both above average and the changeup is average (at this point).
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Before getting to the AA level, he’s had lots of key experience for growth. When he was 18 years old, he was named MVP for Team USA in the U-18 World Tournament. He also had some encouragement during that time from a current Milwaukee Brewer, Matt Garza, who worked out with him back in 2013 during the offseason.
While Ortiz’s 1st ER, resulted in a loss for the Biloxi Shuckers, that doesn’t mean they didn’t have a great week overall going 5-2. The Shuck Dynasty explains the 5-game sweep over the Mississippi Braves gave them a realistic chance to become a playoff team with only being 0.5 game behind them now. So, let’s take a look at the top 3 pitchers/hitters this past week who started giving the Shuckers a chance to reach the playoffs.
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