Baseball America continues its rankings as we head to the Southern League. Two Biloxi Shuckers have made this list, ranking among some of the best prospects in all of baseball.
First up is Keston Hiura. Hiura slashed .272/.339/.416 in his 279 AA at-bats. The second baseman arrived and immediately made an impact, but his average took a big hit after he hurt his hand. Baseball America says Hiura made the plays you want a second baseman to play and should be able to stick at the postion, a promising report for one of the top-ranked players from the 2017 draft.
Then comes Southern League MVP Corey Ray at #13. Ray really raised his stock this summer with his .239/.323/.477 line and 27 homers alongside 37 stolen bases. While his average wasn’t great, there’s no doubting that he finally showed some of the promise that led to him being drafted #5 overall. Baseball America notes that his skillset is great, but his strikeout tendencies worsened as the season progressed and his arm can be erratic in the field. Both of those are aspects of his game that need fine tuning for him to be a contributor at the Major League level with the Cream City Nine.
No other Shuckers made the list, although I believe a strong argument could and should be made for Zack Brown. We’ll continue to follow BA’s lists as they are released.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.