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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.