The fact is, Biloxi fielded a very talented squad – and many of those who started the season there ended up earning promotions to Nashville and reaching the cusp of the major leagues. Let’s look over some of the Shuckers standouts.
Black moved to third base this season, and not only did he avoid the injuries that plagued him in 2022, but he also developed into a legitimate all-around threat, cutting short the regular minor-league season and the Arizona Fall League. He posted a .273/.412/.513 line, added 47 stolen bases and earned a promotion to Nashville on August 6.
Campbell has been quite versatile over his career and is one prospect often neglected in many write-ups. In Biloxi, it manifested in him seeing time at four positions in the field and substantial work at designated hitter. During that stint, he posted a .255/.394/.431 line and saw a power surge, hitting more home runs with Biloxi in 2023 than he did in any previous season. He did all that while shuttling between Biloxi and Nashville, too.
Chourio initially struggled in his first full season at AA at 19 but rebounded to post a .280/.336/.467 line, with 22 home runs and 43 stolen bases. He also provided value in center field defensively, tying for the team lead in outfield assists with six. Chourio is one of the top prospects in all minor league baseball and will likely start the 2024 season in Nashville.
Clarke split time between catcher and first base, handling the former due to top prospect Jeferson Quero’s multiple injured list stints. Clarke brought a legitimate “three true outcome” bat – posting 26 home runs, 89 walks, and 147 strikeouts, leaking the Shuckers in all three categories. His .241/.392/.498 line is even more impressive, given the ball the Southern League used early in the season.
Collins was a minor-league waiver-wire claim but proved to be another versatile asset – much like Campbell has been. He saw time at all three outfield positions, third base, and second base, while posting a .269/.424/.431 line. His plate discipline and speed were excellent, but he also provided pop in 25 extra-base hits in 290 at-bats.
Quero has been a top prospect for years – but his bat leaped upward this year, with power (16 home runs) and on-base skills (38 walks in 3336 at-bats). Quero’s defense has also drawn high marks – he nailed 35% of would-be base stealers with the Shuckers. The big issue was staying on the field, but by 2025, he could provide some interesting options for the Brewers.
Meeker broke out big time in Brisbane over the 2022-2023 Australian baseball season following a solid showing in 2022. This year, he did even more. He was a shutdown reliever and filled in capably as a starting pitcher when injuries depleted the Biloxi rotation. Meeker likely has earned consideration for a spot on the Nashville-Milwaukee shuttle for 2024, where he could be a cheap but crucial contributor.
Carlos F. Rodriguez
Rodriguez was the undisputed ace of the Shuckers rotation, posting a 9-6 record and a 2.77 ERA across 123 2/3 innings pitched over 25 starts. Rodriguez racked up 152 strikeouts this season and only allowed 53 walks. He will likely start 2024 in Nashville, where he could get a call-up to the Brewers bullpen, following in the steps of other Brewers mainstays like Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff.
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