I have to admit, I’m not so sorry the Biloxi Shuckers lost yesterday. After three straight wins to start the season, there was a part of me that was, ironically, beginning to worry. We have charged out of the gate doing so well, that I wondered if it wasn’t all because we are so good, but that the Montgomery Biscuits were really that bad. Had we caught them as flat as the Mississippi Delta? Well, yesterday’s 6 to 1 smack down put an end to any of that thinking! We should be able to put that L behind us easily, since we’ve won this series regardless of what happens tonight.
BTW, did anyone else catch this little nugget on the team’s website article about yesterday’s game?
A starting pitcher is expected to be added to Biloxi’s active roster in advance of the finale
So we’ve got new pitching coming? Great! I really hope it’s a lefty. Our grand experiment Nick Ramirez is the only LHP on the roster presently, and while he has done wonderfully so far, you just can’t compete consistently these days in pro ball without more options in left-handed pitching. The last thing Nick needs is to be over used, his performance lag as a result, and his prospects drop as a result.
Now, onto Louis Ortiz. MLB Pipeline has our RHP ranked at number 60 in the Top 100 Prospects for 2017. MLB Pipeline has also said the Brewers had the league’s #1 overall farm system following last summer’s trade deadline.
60. Louis Ortiz. Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
Ortiz combines stuff and feel better than most young pitchers. His strong build allows him to maintain his 92-97 mph fastball deep into ballgames, and his low-80s slider gives him a plus second pitch. Ortiz threw his changeup sparingly as an amateur, but has developed it enough as a pro to where scouts view it as a potentially average pitch. Meanwhile, a clean and repeatable delivery has helped to make Ortiz an accomplished strike-thrower early in his career.
Much like Brinson, Ortiz impressed last summer in his brief Brewers debut, posting a 1.93 ERA over six starts at Double-A Biloxi. He lacks projection in his physical 6-foot-3 frame and needs to stay healthy, but Ortiz has both the stuff and command profile to develop into a No. 2 starter.
“A No. 2 starter”? That’d be alright!
I also found Ortiz in John Sickels list of top 200 MLB prospects, coming at #120:
120) Luis Ortiz, RHP, Brewers, Grade B
Can’t wait for the team to finally get home to Biloxi. Being a weeknight, school night, I really hope the turnout Wednesday is good. The Biscuit fans came out, lets hope the Shucker fans do, too.