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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (9/16): Two Losses, but Biloxi's is Especially Painful

    Jim Goulart

    Wish we had better news out of Saturday's results. We can't fault the efforts of a Biloxi club that fought valiantly throughout the second half, but just had to compete side-by-side for months with a Montgomery Biscuits team that simply would not fully step aside. Hold your heads high, Shuckers, but yeah, it's a sour Sunday morning recap. There are interesting tidbits below, so let's dig in.

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    For background on the two southpaws, please visit our transaction thread post here.

    Final: Montgomery (Rays) 2, Biloxi 1

    Via the Shuckers' site, we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your season-long Link Report routine:

    Shuckers Eliminated from Playoff Contention with Loss to Biscuits  - Biloxi concludes season Sunday with Fan Appreciation Day

    Pre-Game Media Notes 

    Box Score / Wrap

    The moment was set.

    Bottom of the 8th, Biloxi facing the same 2-1 deficit they had since the 4th inning. Tampa's uber-prospect, third baseman Junior Caminero (0-for-5 on the game) committed an error on an Ethan Murray grounder with one out. Speedster Eric Brown Jr. pinch-ran for Murray.

    Leadoff man Isaac Collins has been so strong in 2023, a real breakout season, including a .919 OPS in ten September games. Collins kicked off the Biloxi at-bats thusly:

    Our @Joseph Zarrwas among those watching live in the 8th:

    "Collins fouls off two heaters - the second one was a meatball and he regretted getting under it. He then goes down looking on a dead center curve. EBJ takes second and the throw goes into CF. Now on 3rd. Two down. Chourio to the dish."

    Jackson Chourio, up to this point, had been working a strong on-base game. He lined a single in the first, but was gunned down trying to steal to end the inning. Chourio walked with two outs in the 3rd (followed by a Brock Wilken base on balls), but both men were stranded. Chourio led off the 6th with an infield single but was immediately eliminated on a Wilken GIDP. 

    A week grounder to second base off Jackson's bat ended the 8th.

    There was a very eventful and unfortunate sequence in the bottom of the 4th involving catcher Jeferson Quero and Manager Mike Guerrero. We have it detailed for you here, please review.

    Zavier Warren attempted to rescue the Shuckers with a two-out double in the 9th. Is Warren that "slow"? With Guerrero out, the Shuckers bench chose to pinch-run for Warren (6-for-9 in SB attempts this season) with Ernesto Martinez. That left only OF Lamar Sparks on the bench. Seldom-used catcher Nick Kahle had entered the game for Quero after the injury you read about at the prior link. Sparks could have been utilized with designated hitter Wes Clarke moved out of the DH spot to move behind the plate in the 10th inning. Or better yet, Martinez could have simply pinch-hit for Kahle. 

    When Kahle popped out to end things, one wondered what impact the Mike Guerrero ejection had on those late bench decisions.

    No matter how you shake it, this defeat, like the Carolina loss Friday night to end their season, was very frustrating. Kudos to TJ Shook, James Meeker, and Cam Robinson on their mound efforts.


    Final: Charlotte (White Sox) 9, Nashville 3

    Sounds Winning Streak Comes to Screeching Halt - Dorrian knocks three hits but Sounds lose 9-3 to Charlotte

    Pre-Game Media Notes 

    Box Score / Wrap

    RISP: 1-for-16

    Caleb Boushley with an unfortunate starting effort, Luis Contreras allowing three of Boushley's inherited runners to score.

    Despite a 38-29 record in the second half, the Sounds elimination number with seven games remaining is down to just three, because, of course, the Rays' minor league rolling pin saw Durham win yet again.

    Feel free to peruse the box for a few nuggets of positivity, but in actuality, not much.

    The Biloxi season finale is at 1:05 Central, the Sounds play at 4:05. Enjoy your Sunday, thanks for reading!

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    A couple days post-Mudcats. A day post-Shuckers. Still licking those fandom wounds. Not going to lie: those close losses stung.

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    AND, we were with you, gentlemen, every step of the way. Hold those heads high, take those much needed breaks, and then get back to it as thirsty as ever. I am grateful for the joy you've all brought to the greater fanbase this season and for future seasons. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch on a near nightly basis. Let's go out strong, Shuckers and Sounds. We will be rooting you on.

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    Yeah the most exciting thing about this summer in the minors was having both increase in talent (prospects stepping up and/or improving) and adding talent (mlb draft, international FA), AND having success.  Seeing the teams play well. And Carolina being so young, and the Shuckers being led by some young and impactful players.

    Each level had players to watch, rarely a night off from prospect watch.

    What a summer. Hopeful these players develop.

    I want some day to do a deep dive into the prospect pool and how it compares to prior years (2004-2006, 2014-2015, and the 2017 peak years). A few high end players, good overall depth, and in general overall youth of those prospects (about 1/3 of the top 30 prospects are teenagers and several only 20-21)

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