In the first year of the Seafood Buffet Rivalry between the Biloxi Shuckers, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Shuckers emerged victorious in the three-team competition. The Shuckers will receive a pound of wahoo and a pound of jumbo shrimp from their two I-10 rivals.
“With the stakes raised a little this season, we’re thrilled that the Shuckers were able to come out on top,” said Biloxi Shuckers General Manager Hunter Reed. “We feel this competition was a lot of fun for everyone involved. It was a hard-fought season series against Jacksonville and Pensacola, but we’re looking forward to a seafood feast at MGM Park.”
Introduced at the start of the 2019 season, the Seafood Buffet Rivalry was a partnership between the three clubs in a round-robin competition. With the teams playing a total of 60 games against each other during the Southern League season, a pound of seafood was wagered by each team, bringing the winning team one pound of seafood from each of the losing squads.
Over 40 games against Jacksonville and Pensacola, the Shuckers went 23-17, going 11-9 against Pensacola and 12-8 against the Jumbo Shrimp. Pensacola had the most wins over one team in the series, claiming 13 victories over Jacksonville across 20 meetings during the season. The Blue Wahoos finish the 2019 Seafood Buffet series with a 22-18 record.
“Though the Jumbo Shrimp came up a little short, we were delighted to be a part of this competition with our seafood brethren in the Southern League,” said Jumbo Shrimp General Manager Harold Craw. “Congratulations to Biloxi on their impending pound of Jumbo Shrimp and we look forward to this rivalry series for years to come.”
The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Monday the promotion of right-handed pitching prospect and former Biloxi Shuckers reliever Devin Williams from Triple-A San Antonio to the 25-man roster. Williams made three relief appearances with the San Antonio Missions following his promotion from Biloxi and did not allow a run over 3.2 innings of work in Triple-A.
The Brewers second-round selection in the 2013 draft heads to the big leagues for the first time in his career after starting the 2019 season in Biloxi’s bullpen. The St. Louis native worked a 2.21 ERA over 31 relief appearances with the Shuckers, converted on all four save opportunities, and struck out 76 hitters over 53.1 total innings. Williams ramped up his Southern League efficiency in the second half, tossing 10.0 shutout innings over nine outings, striking out 17 and issuing just one walk.
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