The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp ended last week where they began: firmly entrenched in third place. The Shrimp managed to go 3-3 against Durham last week, which meant they stayed 4.5 games back of the Bulls. So literally, the only thing that changed for the Shrimp over the last seven days was that their winning percentage went down by a very small amount. That’s it. Here’s where the Southeast Division currently stands:
Bryson Brigman, Brian Miller, and Lorenzo Quintana continue to lead the Shrimp offensively over the last week. Brigman was held out over the weekend against Durham. I don’t know why he has been out, but he has been the main offensive sparkplug for the last month and his absence is very noticeable.
I know minor league baseball, especially at the Triple-A level, is always in need of squad guys to fill the voids when someone is called up or sent down. The Shrimp have picked up two guys from Independent ball over the past few weeks, and pickup a couple others who have been released from other clubs. I know this is done by the parent club, but a few of the guys the Shrimp are running out right now are…less than helpful. Hopefully we will start to see some of the prospects from Double-A see some time in Jax before the summer is out.
On the mound, the Shrimp relief corps continues to be a bright spot on the season. Other than the occasional blip, the relievers have managed to keep the Shrimp in more games than you’d think. While the starters have seen a merry-go-round of names due to rehab assignments, promotions, and injuries – and haven’t always been the most effective no matter the name – hopefully they can start to give the team some length and shut down teams early. Nick Niedert, who was decent in his start Saturday, has been optioned to Jax, so we should see him in the rotation for a couple of weeks.
The Jumbo Shrimp head off to Memphis this week for their only series with the Redbirds this season. Interestingly, it will be the only series for the Shrimp outside of the Eastern Time Zone in 2021. The Redbirds are at the bottom of the Southeast Division standings and are only 3-7 over their last 10 games. Unfortunately, their best player on the season – Lars Nootbaar (which we love to say) was recently called up to the Cardinals, so we won’t get to see him on our travels.
We will be at tomorrow’s game in Memphis, so look for us there. We will be the one with the Shrimp hat loading up on BBQ nachos!
Hope everyone has a great week of baseball!