MILWAUKEE – A pair of Biloxi Shuckers have received the top individual honors for minor league players in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization.
Right-handed pitcher Jorge Lopez has been named the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year and shortstop Orlando Arcia was tabbed as the organization's Minor League Player of the Year.
“We are extremely proud of both of these young players,” Brewers general Doug Melvin said in a press release. “Jorge and Orlando have grown tremendously this season and their hard work is paying off, helping Biloxi reach the Southern League Championship Series. We look forward to seeing their names in the Brewers lineup in the near future.”
Lopez went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts for the Shuckers this season. His 2.26 ERA ranked only behind teammate Tyler Wagner for the league lead.
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The Cayey, Puerto Rico native struck out 137 batters, while walking 52. After going 5-2 with a 3.02 in 12 starts in the first half, the 22-year-old went 7-3 with a 1.59 ERA in his final 12 starts of the year. He finished his campaign tied for the league-lead in wins.
The Brewers’ second-round selection in the 2011 June Draft was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star. The League also honored the righty by naming him the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year.
Lopez was also named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for each of the last three months of the season.
Arcia finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 129 games.
The 20-year-old set new career-highs in almost every hitting category including runs, hits, doubles, triples and home runs.
The native of Venezuela was signed by the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. He was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star.
Arcia was also selected to represent the World Team in the 2015 Futures Game at Great American BallPark in Cincinnati. Arcia is ranked as the top prospect in the organization according to MLB.com.
After winning game one, 7-2, Wednesday, the Shuckers continue the Southern League Championship Series against the Chattanooga Lookouts at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday at MGM Park.