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Former Shucker Brett Phillips shows power potential with Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Brett Phillips celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Orlando Arcia during the fifth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 16 in Milwaukee. Phillips and Arcia are former Biloxi Shuckers.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Brett Phillips celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Orlando Arcia during the fifth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 16 in Milwaukee. Phillips and Arcia are former Biloxi Shuckers. Associated Press

Former Biloxi Shucker Brett Phillips is still working to get his batting average up as a big leaguer, but he's recently put his power potential on display for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Phillips was called up again by the Brewers on July 13 and he's hit two homers in 18 at-bats since returning to the roster. Phillips is batting .200 overall with two home runs, four RBIs and one double in 14 games this season at Milwaukee.

After suffering a setback at the plate at Biloxi with a .229 average in 2016, Phillips had an impressive start to the 2017 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs. In 76 games with the SkySox, he hit .293 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs.

The Brewers (53-48) are in the middle of a slump, losing six of their last seven games. They continue to hold a half-game lead over the Cubs (51-47) in the National League Central.

Sophomore surge

The Brewers may be slumping, but former Shucker Orlando Arcia is putting in a solid campaign at shortstop in his second season as a big leaguer.

In 331 at-bats, the Venezuelan is batting .281 with nine homers and 35 RBIs with 14 doubles and eight stolen bases.

Those numbers are a significant improvement on his .219 batting average in four homers in 201 at-bats a year ago.

Coop's debut

The Yankees acquired former Shucker Garrett Cooper from the Brewers on July 13 in a trade intended to provide help at first base while Greg Bird is on the disabled list.

After batting .366 at Triple-A Colorado Springs, Cooper is hitting .208 with three doubles, a triple and 1 RBI in seven games with the Yankees. Cooper's best game as a big leaguer came on July 17 when he went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Cooper, a former Auburn standout, has hit .305 with 44 homers and 267 RBIs in 446 career games in the minor leagues.

In 2016 with the Shuckers, he hit .299 with four homers and 49 RBIs in 92 games.

Woodruff's status

Former Shucker and Mississippi State pitcher Brandon Woodruff is still on a rehab stint as he tries to get another promotion to the big leagues.

Woodruff was injured just prior to his first scheduled start for the Brewers on June 13.

The Wheeler native lasted just 2/3 of an inning in a rehab outing for Colorado Springs Monday night, giving up 4 runs on five hits to take the loss.

Woodruff is 6-5 with a 4.79 ERA in 14 starts at Triple-A this season.

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