Milwaukee Brewers: Biloxi Shuckers Week 21 – Perrin Makes Debut in Last Week of Season

Jul 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The bats of Miami Marlins right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (51) in the dugout prior to action Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA

Jul 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The bats of Miami Marlins right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (51) in the dugout prior to action Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

While the Biloxi Shuckers were just short of making the playoffs, the last week ends with a highlight of another strong arm in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system.

In the early part of the MiLB season, RtB writer Steven Jewell did a spotlight on RHP Jon Perrin. At that point he’d had a 2.62 ERA and on the edge of being called up to the next level. After 36 IP, he was called up to the High-A Manatees where he’d be one of the few highlights in the last season for the team in Viera, Florida after 22 seasons with 12 being with the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

While the Manatees didn’t have much to watch for Perrin was one of the few. In 110.2 IP, he had a 2.60 ERA and 2.65 FIP. As writer Jewell also pointed out, he was known for his very low BB ratio as the BB/9 barely went over .90 in 2015 with the Low-A Timber Rattlers.

While the numbers are staggering, he also had an interesting story about getting into Harvard Law School back in mid-June. He’d been quoted before by FanGraphs saying if he got into Harvard, he’d be done pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Unfortunately, for Perrin he wasn’t accepted into the Law School, but fortunately for Milwaukee Brewers fans he remains a part of the organization as of now.

Looking back at how he did with the Biloxi Shuckers in the only start of the season, he was a bit rusty. In 3.1 IP, he gave up 8 Hs, 9 ERs, 3 BBs, and 2 Ks. It was by far his worst start of the season as back in late-June, 5 ERs was the most he gave up with the Manatees.

But, at the very least, the Chris Harris, the Biloxi Shuckers broadcaster, thinks Perrin will most likely be a part of a heavy loaded pitching rotation come the 2017 season:

This past week the Biloxi Shuckers went 5-4 as the Mississippi Braves (ATL) took the 2nd half spot in the playoff race. In the Southern League South, the Braves along with the First Half champs, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) will make the trip to the playoffs. So, let’s take a look at the top 3 pitchers/hitters for the last week of the 2016 Southern League season for the Biloxi Shuckers.

Sep 29, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jorge Lopez (28) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 29, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jorge Lopez (28) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Top 3 Pitchers

SP Brandon Woodruff

113.1 IP / 3.01 ERA / 2.40 FIP

Woodruff was lights out to end the year and while some were concerned with what the Milwaukee Brewers had for pitching in the farm system this year, he certainly showed to be a positive note. For all pitchers it’s good to end on a good note and he did just that in two starts going 14 IP, 6 Hs, 1 ER, 3 BBs, and 19 Ks combining them to get the Ws. He’ll likely be starting with the Shuckers again next year and hopefully be called up to AAA if the numbers are just as impressive.

SP Jorge Lopez

45.1 IP / 3.97 ERA / 3.81 FIP

Lopez seemed to have an opposite 2016 season compared to last year, but at the very least found some stability with the Shuckers. In two starts this past week he went 11 IP, 13 Hs, 4 ERs, 3 BBs, and 13 Ks. It’ll be interesting where Lopez is placed next year, but no matter what it may be a defining year for what direction his career may be heading.

RP Tristan Archer

81.2 IP / 3.42 ERA / 2.46 FIP

The Shuck Dynasty noted his 49th appearance this past Sunday was team leading. Archer and Stephen Kohlscheen were big parts of the bullpen throughout the 2016 season and like most relievers, don’t get enough credit. With a career best in both K/9 and K/BB and somehow having the same ERA (3.42) the last 3 seasons (Weird, right?) a call-up to AAA seems more than likely.

Feb 26, 2016; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers Brett Phillips (77) poses for photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 26, 2016; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers Brett Phillips (77) poses for photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Top 3 Hitters

CF Brett Phillips

.229/.332/.397 / 16 HRs/62 RBIs / 13.0 BB%/29.8 K%

Phillips’ name seems to have been written about every week of the first half and barely mentioned the second half. That’s really how the stats worked out, but at the very least he showed he had some power the last week with 2 HRs among his 8 Hs and 5 BBs. He looks to have a full season next year, but can get more work in during the Arizona Fall League.

LF Johnny Davis

.261/.312/.330 / 1 HR/6 RBIs (BB/K% not available on FanGraphs)

With Davis’ 8 hits, he got his AVG back over .260 as you’d have to go back to July 10th to find it over that level. His overall 2016 season batting line of .278/.353/.336 is solid besides the power, but will need to continue to readjust to AA next season. The Shuckers won’t mind his speed as he led the team with 16, but had 32 overall this year.

RF Clint Coulter

.337/.382/.442 / 2 HRs/12 RBIs / 3.9 BB%/15.7 K%

There was a number to choose from with an okay week, but it’s good to look at how Coulter finished the year (not just because he’s the only OF left). In 102 PAs he had a 143 wRC+ as before with the A+ Manatees it was well below average at 82 in 362 PAs. His 7 Hs and 2 RBIs helped out this past week and he certainly hopes to build off the end of the season with the Shuckers as much like Jorge Lopez, the 2017 season may define the rest of the way for his career.

Other notes:

SP Taylor Jungmann was called back up to the Milwaukee Brewers for September call-ups.

All stats via FanGraphs or MiLB

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