The Biloxi Shuckers, Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, announced a series of roster moves prior to their series-opening game against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Thursday night. OF Corey Ray has been promoted to Triple-A San Antonio, while OF/1B Ryan Aguilar has been promoted to Biloxi from High-A Carolina
The Biloxi Shuckers, Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, announced a series of roster moves prior to their series-opening game against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Thursday night. OF Corey Ray has been promoted to Triple-A San Antonio, while OF/1B Ryan Aguilar has been promoted to Biloxi from High-A Carolina and RHP Jon Olczak has been transferred to Biloxi from San Antonio.
Ray, the 2018 Southern League MVP, returned to the Shuckers on July 11 and played in 11 games, hitting .250 (10-for-40) with three doubles, six walks and five runs scored while stealing three bases in four attempts. The 24-year-old was assigned to Biloxi after appearing in five games with the Arizona League Brewers Gold team on a rehab assignment. Ray started the season in Triple-A with the Missions but had two different stints on the disabled list from April 17 to May 3 and from May 23 to July 3. The former fifth-overall pick by the Brewers in 2016 spent all of the 2018 with the Shuckers, becoming the first player in Southern League history to lead the league in home runs and stolen bases.
Aguilar earns his first promotion to Double-A after appearing in 105 games with the Mudcats this season, hitting .272 with 22 doubles, nine home runs and 47 RBI. At the time of his promotion, the 24-year-old led the Carolina League in walks (70) and runs scored (71), was third in OBP (.403) and OPS (.812) and tied for fifth in doubles. Taken in the 31st round of the 2016 Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers out of the University of Arizona, Aguilar also played the entire 2018 season in Carolina, leading the league in triples (9) and finishing third in walks (64).
Olczak returns to Biloxi after pitching in San Antonio. In 24 relief appearances with the Missions this season, Olczak was 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA, tossing 36.1 innings and walking just eight batters while striking out 35. A 21st-round selection by the Brewers in 2015 draft out of North Carolina State, Olczak was a Midseason All-Star with Biloxi in 2018, accumulating a 10-3 record and a 1.44 ERA in 42 appearances. The righty was named the BC® Southern League Relief Pitcher of the Month for May in 2018.
Biloxi continues their ten-game homestand on Thursday night as they start a five-game series against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at MGM Park. The Shuckers will send RHP Bowden Francis (5-6, 4.03) to the hill opposite Jumbo Shrimp LHP Daniel Castano (3-1, 3.86) for a 6:35 pm first pitch. It's Double Play Thursday presented by Polk's Meat Products, Yuengling, Coca-Cola and Kicker 108, with $2 Yuengling drafts, $2 sodas, $2 hot dogs and $3 draft beer specials. Fans can also purchase the 'Double Play,' which includes a Reserved Level ticket and two drink vouchers for $12. Arrive as the gates open at 5:30 pm for a pregame concert by Party of Two. The game can be heard locally in Biloxi on Cruisin' WGCM AM 1240/100.9 FM, TuneIn Radio or the MiLB First Pitch App and can be seen on MiLB.TV. Fans can save $10 off their subscription when they use the promo code 'Shuckers' at checkout.
Flex Plans and Group Outings for the 2019 Biloxi Shuckers season are on sale and are available for purchase by calling 228-233-3465, online at biloxishuckers.com or by visiting the MGM Park front office. With the 2020 Southern League schedule announced, Shuck Nation Memberships for the 2020 season are also available by visiting the Biloxi Shuckers front office. The Biloxi Shuckers will host Game 1 and Game 2 of the South Division Championship Series on September 4 & 5 at MGM Park. Tickets for all six potential playoff games at MGM Park are on sale now.
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