Joey Wiemer flashing big league potential in Biloxi

A fourth round pick out of Cincinnati in 2020, Joey Wiemer is really starting to turn some heads as a first-year outfielder for the Biloxi Shuckers.

Most of the time, those heads are actually turning to see where in the world the ball is going to land.

Most of the time, it’s over the wall.

Almost like a shooting star through the Biloxi night, the rising star of the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, Joey Wiemer, is starting to become known for his moon shots. “Yeah, it’s fun. Some of them you don’t know you got, but the ones you know 100 percent, it’s fun.”

About a month-and-a-half into the season, Wiemer and his 11 home runs have a two-way share of the Southern League lead in that department. But he’s not selling out for power, hitting at a clip of .303 with other top five marks in hits, doubles, RBI, slugging, and OPS. “Not trying to hit the ball far, hit the ball hard. And then just catching the ball out front and using natural leverage and whatever happens, happens.”

Last July, Wiemer started getting lower and more pre-loaded in his batting stance and now whatever happens, happens a lot. Over his last 75 games, the second-ranked prospect of the Brew Crew has 29 long balls, averaging 10.14 at-bats per dinger.

For context that relatively small, yet eye-popping sample size, according to Cream City Prospects is better than any career mark of any player in Major League history. His approach at the plate though remains classified. “I can’t give away all of my secrets, but get a good pitch and do damage with it. We all have individual processes and process scores and what we want for our career path, and so we always go over that. Just for me, it’s staying in the zone and doing damage with the pitches I get.”

Weimer also doing damage on the bases as one of just three Southern League players with double digit tanks and swipes currently on pace for a 40-40 season over the course of a full 162, not to mention the outfield gun show.

But perhaps most impressive of all, Wiemer is the only Shucker to play in all 39 games this year. An everyday player in Mississippi and hopefully one day, an everyday player in Wisconsin, but it’s like he says, whatever happens, happens. “For me, it’s just being where my feet are. Again, just showing up here ready to go every day. If it’s tomorrow, if it’s three years, if it’s never, doesn’t really matter to me right now. Just showing up, getting better and play hard.”

Wiemer was the first Shuckers player to win Southern League Player of the Week this season between May 9th and the 15th.

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