The Biloxi Shuckers finished up the 2017 season with an overall record of 71-66, giving them the fourth-best record in the ten team Southern League. The Shuckers finished out the first half of the season at three games over .500 with a record of 36-33, good for second place in the South Division, 3.5 games back of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds). Biloxi’s second half of the season was nearly identical, as they went 35-33, again finishing in second place in their division, this time three games back of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins).
Five members of the Biloxi pitching staff also saw time i the big leagues at one point in 2017, including Aaron Wilkerson, Jorge Lopez, Taylor Williams, Taylor Jungmann and Junior Guerra.
The Shuckers started the season strong, winning their first three games of the year, but dropped their next four and finished the month of April with a record of 13-14. Biloxi strung together winning streaks of five and six games during the month of May and finished three games over .500 at 15-12. Bad weather forced a string of cancellations in June as the Shuckers put together a record of 14-12, then they limped to their worst month of the season, going 12-17 in July. They righted the ship in the month of August, turning in their best record of the year at 16-11 before wrapping up the season by taking three of their final four games in the month of September.
Biloxi’s offense was paced by center fielder Johnny Davis who proved to be a sparkplug at the top of their order. He was joined by fellow outfielders Michael Choice, Clint Coulter and Troy Stokes, Jr. as well as middle infielders Mauricio Dubon and Blake Allemand to provide a solid offensive lineup throughout the season.
The Shuckers pitching staff was the team’s strength though as Corbin Burnes, Aaron Wilkerson, Luis Ortiz , Angel Ventura and Freddy Peralta combined to form a scary rotation and relievers like Jorge Lopez, Nick Ramirez and closer Matt Ramsey proved to be lights out at the back end of the bullpen to help shorten ballgames.
Biloxi had six players named to the Southern League All-Star team in 2017 as pitchers Aaron Wilkerson, Matt Ramsey, Angel Ventura and Nick Ramirez, along with infielders Dustin DeMuth and Mauricio Dubon were all selected to the South roster. The game itself would wind up be cancelled due to rain
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JOHNNY DAVIS: Expectations weren’t all that high when the Brewers chose Davis in the 22nd round in 2013, but the raw and super-athletic Davis put himself on the map in 2017, making big strides to become one of the best players on the Biloxi roster. In 133 games, he hit .263, leading the team in hits, runs, triples and stolen bases.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
CORBIN BURNES: Burnes could have easily been the Pitcher of the Year at two different levels, but the work he did after his promotion to Double-A really stands out. In 16 starts, he went 3-3 with a 2.10 earned run average, striking out 84 batters in 85.2 innings of work. He posted a WHIP of 1.00 and held opposing hitters to a .212 batting average.
Games Played: Johnny Davis (133), Angel Ortega (129), Dustin DeMuth (116)
Runs: Johnny Davis (63), Angel Ortega (48), Clint Coulter (46)
Hits: Johnny Davis (133), Angel Ortega (117), Dustin DeMuth (92)
Doubles: Jacob Nottingham (21), Blake Allemand (21), Clint Coulter (21)
Triples: Johnny Davis (6), Javier Betancourt (3), Jacob Nottingham (2)
Home Runs: Clint Coulter (14), Michael Choice (9), Jacob Nottingham (9)
RBI: Angel Ortega (50), Clint Coulter (49), Jacob Nottingham (48)
Walks: Dustin DeMuth (42), Jacob Nottingham (37), Johnny Davis (36)
Stolen Bases: Johnny Davis (52), Mauricio Dubon (31), Angel Ortega (14)
Batting Average: Mauricio Dubon (.276), Michael Choice (.272), J. Davis (.263)
On Base %: Michael Choice (.349), Michael Reed (.346), Dustin DeMuth (.339)
Slugging %: Michael Choice (.503), Troy Stokes, Jr. (.452), Clint Coulter (.403)
OPS: Michael Choice (.852), Troy Stokes, Jr. (.785), Clint Coulter (.721)
Wins: Aaron Wilkerson (11), Jorge Lopez (8), Nick Ramirez (7)
ERA: Nick Ramirez (1.37), Corbin Burnes (2.10), Freddy Peralta (2.26)
Appearances: Nick Ramirez (48), Matt Ramsey (48), Josh Uhen (44)
Saves: Matt Ramsey (27), Jorge Lopez (7), Nick Ramirez (3)
Innings Pitched: Aaron Wilkerson (142.1), Jon Perrin (105.1), Jorge Lopez (103.2)
Strikeouts: Aaron Wilkerson (143), Jorge Lopez (105), Freddy Peralta (91)
WHIP: Corbin Burnes (1.00), Nick Ramirez (1.01), Aaron Wilkerson (1.07)
TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Corbin Burnes (RHP)
2. Freddy Peralta (RHP)
3. Mauricio Dubon (SS/2B)
4. Troy Stokes, Jr. (OF)
5. Jacob Nottingham (C)
6. Jorge Lopez (RHP)
7. Jake Gatewood (1B)
8. Aaron Wilkerson (RHP)
9. Johnny Davis (OF)
10. Bubba Derby (RHP)