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Right-handed pitcher Hiram Burgos stays extra-busy during Spring Training with a special talent that takes place off of the mound. He moonlights as the team barber.
It’s a skill that he says he picked up back home in Puerto Rico when a neighbor was taking classes to become a barber and started practicing on Burgos. In turn, Burgos became interested in the craft as well, but didn’t have much of a chance to practice on anyone until he went to college.
“There we had like 13 Latin guys on the team and we liked to have haircuts every two weeks, to stay looking good and looking fresh, so that’s where I started, in college, since 2005,” Burgos says.
After that, he says he kept progressing and when he made it to the Minor Leagues, he started cutting hair there, too.
“Actually when I was in the Minor Leagues, I came over here (to the Major League Camp) and cut a couple of the Big Leaguers hair and it just kept growing,” Burgos laughs.
Literally. Burgos sees a lot of repeat business in the Clubhouse and word-of-mouth travels quickly.
He’s open for appointments on the days when he’s done with his workouts and when he’s not scheduled to pitch.
Burgos has many longtime clients and is picking up new ones everyday.
Fellow pitcher Jimmy Nelson is one of Burgos’ oldest clients.
“I played with Burgos since rookie ball and he’s been doing it since way back then. He’s just one of the best. He pays attention to detail, you know?” Nelson said. “In the offseason, there’s a little place close next to my apartment, but it’s not the quality of Burgos’ Barbershop.”
Burgos counts many of his teammates as current customers. The other day he gave Jonathan Lucroy a mohawk and he’s cut Ryan Braun‘s hair, too.
Yesterday alone, Burgos cut four of his fellow teammates’ hair, including Wily Peralta, Jorge Lopez, Ariel Pena and Andy Wilkins.
“A lot of the guys, they are clubhouse clients. Some of them take me to go eat, or some tip on the side, but I don’t charge. I don’t put a price on it,” Burgos says.
“It went pretty good. He cuts his hair a lot, especially in Spring Training every year,” Peralta said. “I usually get the same haircut. I think everybody knows he’s pretty good.”
First baseman Andy Wilkins was a first-time client yesterday.
“He had his little briefcase of stuff and I was like ‘Hey you got time?’ and I was kind of joking around, but he was like, ‘No, I’ve got time.’ so we cut it yesterday before the game. This is my first Burgos haircut. I am a very satisfied client. I will be a repeat customer,” Wilkins said.
“It was our first time, so we had to get to know each other a little bit. I asked for a certain style: one fade on the sides, a little but off the top, the hard part on the side. I found out a lot about him. He’s from Puerto Rico, went to Bethune-Cookman College, unbelievable guy.”
“It’s something that I enjoy doing and I like it. I do a lot of styles to my own hair, but just when I’m in the States. When I go back home, I have my own barber over there. Actually, when I go back home, I don’t cut anyone’s hair. A lot of people don’t know that I cut a lot of hair here in the United States,” Burgos said.
Burgos says he keeps up with different styles by looking around at different haircuts. just keep up with different styles. I’m always looking around at different haircuts. ‘I could do better than that.’ There are a lot of guys that like it and I get good feedback about it, so that’s good.”
“Some guys like to try different styles and do different things with their hair. If I haven’t done it before, I take my time,” he says.
Would he cut my hair?
“I don’t do women’s hair,” he says with a laugh.
We congratulate Jorge Lopez and Orlando Arcia as recipients of the 2015 Robin Yount Performance Awards, given to the Brewers Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year.
Before tonight’s game, Brewers Manager Craig Counsell presented the awards to Jorge Lopez and Biloxi Shuckers Manager Carlos Subero, who was here to accept the award on behalf of Orlando Arcia.
Jorge was named the 2015 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He spent the 2015 season with the Biloxi Shuckers, our Double-A Affiliate in the Southern League. There, he went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts for the Southern League South Division Champions this season and his 2.26 ERA was only behind teammate Tyler Wagner for the lead.
Jorge struck out 137 batters, while walking 52. As he finished the season, he led the league in WHIP, tied for the league-lead in wins and placed third in strikeouts.
Jorge was named a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star as well as the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year. In addition, he was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for each of the last three months of the season. Jorge made his Major League debut and became the 18th player in franchise history to earn the win his Big League debut.
We also surprised Jorge by airing a congratulatory message from Jorge’s girlfriend and young son in Cincinnati.
Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy has the backstory.
The 2015 Minor League Player of the Year is Orlando Arcia who also spent the 2015 season with the Biloxi Shuckers. Orlando finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307 with 37 doubles, 7 triples, 8 homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games.
The 21-year-old finished his 2015 campaign among the Southern League leaders in several categories, including doubles, at-bats, total bases, extra-base hits, RBI, slugging percentage, runs and average. Orlando hit .400 with 3 homers and 10 RBI in the Shuckers quest for the Southern League Championship.
Orlando was named the recipient of the 2015 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence after an impressive all-around season at the plate and in the field, including just 13 errors in 585 total chances. This is the second consecutive season that a Brewers prospect has won the award. Orlando was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star this year.
Accepting the award on Orlando’s behalf was Biloxi Shuckers Manager, Carlos Subero, who we also recognized tonight.
Carlos was recently named Southern League Manager of the Year. He led the Shuckers to a Southern League South Division First Half Championship and a 43-25 record, withstanding a 54-game road trip and into the Southern League playoffs during their inaugural season.
We also recognized area scout Charlie Sullivan who, along with Manolo Hernandez, were responsible for signing Jorge Lopez.
Jorge, Orlando and Carlos: Congratulations on a successful 2015 season!
Today we announced the recipients of the 2015 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jorge Lopez was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and shortstop Orlando Arcia was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Both players played for the Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers.
“We are extremely proud of both of these young players,” said President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Doug Melvin. “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.”
Jorge Lopez went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts for the Southern League South Division Champions this season. His 2.26 ERA was only behind teammate Tyler Wagner for the league-lead. 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, placed third in strikeouts and led the league in WHIP (1.10), batting average against (.205) and fewest baserunners per nine innings ratio (10.05).
The Brewers’ second-round selection in the 2011 June Draft out of Caguas Military Academy (Caguas, PR) 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. In addition, Lopez was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for each of the last three months of the season. He is currently ranked as the ninth-best and the second-best pitching prospect in the Brewers system according to MLB.com. Lopez was signed by scouts Charlie Sullivan and Manolo Hernandez.
Orlando Arcia finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307/.347/.453 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games. The 20-year-old finished his campaign was among the league-leaders in several categories including average (5th), at-bats (2nd, 512), RBI (4th), doubles (1st), slugging percentage (5th), extra-base hits (3rd, 52), runs (5th, 74) and total bases (2nd, 232). He set new career-highs in almost every hitting category including runs, hits, doubles, triples and home runs.
The Venezuelan native 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 honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for May 25-June 1 when he batted .400 (10-25) with 6 runs, 5 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI and 2 walks in six games. In addition, Arcia was 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.
Both players are currently with the Biloxi Shuckers where they have a 1-0 lead against the Chattanooga Lookouts in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series. The Shuckers swept the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League Division Series to advance to the finals. Arcia is batting .625 (10-16) with 3 homers and 9 RBI in the playoffs, while Lopez is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA (13.2ip, 1er) with 4 walks and 13 strikeouts.
Jorge Lopez and Orlando Arcia will be presented with their awards in a pregame ceremony on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Miller Park.
This morning, I was forwarded an article about Jorge Lopez, a pitcher for our Class A Advanced Affiliate, the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League. He was our second-round draft pick in 2011 and is currently ranked as the Club’s 10th best prospect.
His son, Mikael, has been sick since he was born, and after several months of visiting doctors and hospitals–including a visit to the leading children’s hospital in Jorge’s home country of Puerto Rico, Mikael was recently diagnosed with an unknown autoimmune disease that has necessitated an intestinal transplant.
As one can imagine, the medical bills and travel expenses for this young family (Jorge is just 21-years-old) have piled up during this trying time.
To assist the family, next week, on Friday, August 8, the Manatees are hosting a charity golf tournament called “18 for 18” as Lopez wears jersey #18.
“There are no words, no words to express my gratitude for what the Manatees and Brewers have done and are doing for me and my family,” Lopez told reporter John Torres in the article. “Not everyone does this type of stuff. They have offered me their hand.”
So, what can the rest of Brewer Nation do to help this member of our Brewers family if you can’t get down to Florida to play golf next week?
Please keep the Lopez family in your thoughts and prayers and, if you’d like to send a donation, you can fill out the 18 for 18 Individual Donation slip and send it in to the Manatees.
7/30/14 Update: Kevin Soto with the Manatees, Director of Community Relations for the Manatees reached out to me today, thanking Brewers fans for their support and letting me know that they have set up an online donation site for the Lopez family here.
Thank you to John Torres for his article in Florida Today. You can read his full story here.
Adam McCalvy also wrote a story about Jorge around the All-Star Break as he pitched for the World All-Star Team in the Futures Game this year.