Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo had a breakout year last season.
His first MLB season was one to remember. Baddoo finished the 2021 season hitting .259 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI, and 18 stolen bases through 124 games.
This brother was electric on the field, bringing the energy every time he suited up. He was a player the Tigers definitely needed, and the fans welcomed him with open arms.
After an impressive rookie season, Baddoo was ready to have more success in his second season.
He was a player that the Tigers were high on at the beginning of the season and was named the team’s starting centerfielder.
Unfortunately for Baddoo, he struggled a lot at the plate at the beginning of the season. At the end of April, he was only hitting .111 through 12 games.
The Tigers sent him down to Triple-A on May 9 after hitting .140 with a home run, five walks, and 15 strikeouts.
Baddoo was not producing at the plate like he was last year, but the 23-year-old still has the energy when he’s playing.
No matter if he’s in a slump or on a hitting streak, he’s going to go out there and give you full effort day in and day out.
During his time in Triple-A, Baddoo has found his swing at the plate and he’s looking a lot more comfortable in that batter’s box.
Through 24 games with the Toledo Mud Hens, Baddoo is hitting .303 with three home runs and 13 RBI.
Tigers manager, A.J. Hinch wants Baddoo back on the team, it’s just a matter of timing at this point.
“We want Akil on this team,” Hinch said Monday in an article from the Detroit Free Press. “It’s just a matter of when we feel like he can be a contributor, when the playing time is there for him, what he can offer to a club.”
“He’s a big-leaguer. We knew that when we sent him down. We also wanted him to decompress and get back to being himself again. He absolutely factors in, present, future, in all aspects.”
Now Detroit will have its hands full, trying to factor Baddoo back into the lineup. The team has five outfielders on the active roster and when Austin Meadows returns, the team will have to make another roster move.
There’s no question that Baddoo deserves to be back in the lineup for the Tigers. The brother can impact the game in multiple ways.
It’ll be interesting to see how long the Tigers wait to bring him back up. Let’s hope it’s not too long.
Once he makes his return, it’s going to be a different outcome than earlier this season. Baddoo is a competitor, and he wants to go out there and be the best.
His time in Triple-A is exactly what he needed and he’s ready to go out and put that old English D back on.
Tim Anderson is gearing up to compete in his second All-Star Game. The Chicago White Sox shortstop was named a finalist for the Midsummer Classic held in Los Angeles this year.
He has a chance to start for the American League, competing with Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette.
It won’t be a surprise if Anderson is named a starter because he’s been balling out this season and has been the talk of the town in Chicago.
Despite missing most of June due to a strained right groin, Anderson has still been a fan favorite and a player fans want to see.
Our MLBbro suffered his injury back on May 29 against the Cubs when he was making a play at short.
It was a significant blow for the White Sox as the team had to play without its star player.
While he was away from his team, Anderson spent a brief time in the minors for a rehab assignment.
He appeared in four games with Triple-A Charlotte and went 5-for-15 during that time.
Before landing on the injured list, Anderson was seeing the ball really well. He hit .356 with five home runs and 19 RBI in his first 40 games of the 2022 season.
Not to mention his eight stolen bases during that stretch as well.
“I was seeing the ball real well, so if I just stay right there where I’m at, just continue to keep pushing, I’ll be in a good spot,” Anderson said in an article from espn.com when he landed on the injury list.
When he returned from the injured list, Anderson immediately picked up where he left off. In his first game back on June 20, he went 2-for-5 with a run scored against the Blue Jays.
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We all know how good of a hitter Anderson is, but what has been impressive is his consistency at the plate over the last few years.
Through 50 games, he’s hitting .335 while slugging .450.
White Sox manager, Tony La Russa enjoys watching Anderson when he’s at the plate.
“His stroke is a thing of a beauty,” La Russa said. “I mean, he can get to anything. He knows his stroke, he stays within himself.”
During the end of June, Anderson had an impressive game against the Los Angeles Angels, going 3-for-6 with a run scored.
It’s hard not to mention this brother when you talk about the best hitters in the game today.
The numbers don’t lie and Anderson will go down as one of the best when his career is over.
Let’s hope Anderson can remain healthy throughout the season, because he is the heart and soul of that White Sox team.
We never want to see a player miss games because of an injury or any reason, but unfortunately it’s part of the game.
For Anderson, he was able to bounce back like it was nothing and he’ll continue to give us something to watch when he’s out there on that field.
It looks like the Milwaukee Brewers may have found their centerfielder for the future.
For those of you who may have not heard of Jonathan Davis, just watch a few highlights on him and you’ll see what he’s all about. Davis certainly put himself on notice across the league after making an impressive play on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
During the second inning, Davis chased down a ball hit straight away center off the bat of Randy Arozarena.
What looked to be a sure base hit was quickly taken away by Davis who made a spectacular play leaving his feet and diving for the ball.
As he was falling to the ground, he collided with the wall, but was able to hold on to the ball in his glove.
Even though it was a great play, Davis appeared to hurt himself and left the game. The Brewers listed him as day-to-day and are hoping it isn’t any too serious.
His teammates were glad to see that he was ok after making the play.
“I was just hoping he wasn’t dead,’’ Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer said in an article from MLB.com. “I was amazed that he [initially] stayed in the game. Just seeing the way he went into the wall, it was a scary moment for everybody. When a guy leads with his head into anything, it’s not a good sight to see. Thank God he’s OK.’’
“That was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field, honestly,’’ Tyrone Taylor said. “I told him, ‘Dude, I’ve never seen anybody do something like that before.’ That was crazy. Absolutely no fear.”
Now Davis is a player you want to have on your team. He is fearless and will go out there and leave his all on the field.
“That’s me, that’s my game,’’ Davis said. “I try to go all out, all the time, as the game dictates. That was a tough ball to see initially because of the roof, but I found it, came down and made the play.’’
“I caught the ball and hit the ground at the same time, which jarred my body. Honestly, most of my attention was the ball. I really wasn’t thinking about the wall, which I probably should’ve been doing. My back hurt pretty bad at first, but as I sat there, I thought, ‘I think I’m good. I can keep playing.’ They wanted to be cautious because it was near my oblique and my ribs. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.’’
He made his MLB debut in 2018 with the Toronto Blue Jays. After that he had a brief stint with the New York Yankees.
This is his first season with the Brewers and he’s already shown how impactful he can be in a short amount of time.
In his season debut on June 18th, he had a two-hit performance against the Cincinnati Reds. He started the season on a three-game hitting streak and is showing that he can get it done at the plate and in the field.
Hopefully Davis won’t miss too much time, if any, and the Brewers can get him back in the lineup, because he’ll certainly provide a spark in the lineup.
The Minnesota Twins took a chance on Chris Archer when they signed him during the offseason. Before this season, Archer had only thrown 19 ⅓ innings over the past two seasons. He dealt with multiple injuries that prevented him from seeing action on the rubber.
It seemed as if Archer’s career was taking a turn for the worse, but the Twins gave the two-time All-Star a shot, and he did not disappoint in his last start on June 25.
He picked up his second win of the season against the Colorado Rockies and he was lights out.
Our MLBbro went five innings, giving up one hit and striking out five. And he was in total command from the first pitch.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has been pleased with Archer’s recent performance on the mound.
“He’s getting as strong as he’s, I think, ever been or at least in recent history,” manager Rocco Baldelli said in an article from mlb.com. “This is what it looks like. He looks good, and he can go out there and win a game for you.”
This season Archer has made 14 starts, which leads the team and has a 2-3 record with a 3.14 ERA. Those are some impressive numbers for Archer, especially since he’s been limited the past few seasons.
Some may have forgotten about how dominant a pitcher Archer was early in his career and he still in fact is very dominant on the mound.
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When the Twins signed Archer, the team knew how much of a hard worker he was, and he has displayed that all season.
“He’s going to be handled differently than everyone else, and we’re paying attention to it,” Baldelli said. “We’re doing our best to give him what he needs, and he’s giving us everything he’s got.”
Archer has been very productive in recent starts. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last five starts and he’s been a workhorse in the Twins rotation.
“I thought if I didn’t go seven, it was not a good outing,” Archer said after his performance against the Rockies. “But the game has changed, the circumstances of my body are different than they were eight years ago. So yeah, my expectation is a little different, but I always want to put up zeros. I always want to leave the game with the team having a chance to win.”
And he has done just that, especially during the month of June. Archer has put his team in numerous positions to win ball games. His teammates have enjoyed watching him progress throughout the season.
“What he’s doing, he’s being Chris,” Byron Buxton said. “Going out there, taking the ball every five days, giving it all he’s got — it’s all you can ask for.”
This is the Chris Archer we have been waiting to see and it will be exciting to watch how he progresses throughout the remainder of the season.
Cedric Mullins had a breakout year last season. He was the only player to finish with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases and he was the first Baltimore Orioles player to do so.
Mullins let the league know that he means business. This season, he hasn’t had the success he had last year, but our MLBbro is still making an impact for his team. He’s been seeing the ball really well during the month of June and this is what Orioles fans have been waiting to see all season.
Through 22 games this month, he has 26 hits with a home run and 11 RBI.
He’s currently riding a four-game hitting streak and had a tremendous series against the Chicago White Sox where he had three multi-hit performances.
Mullins has had some of his best offensive performances this season during June. On June 12, he had a four-hit performance against the Kansas City Royals.
It was his second four-hit performance of the season, the first one coming back in May against the St. Louis Cardinals. After his impressive 2021 season, Mullins put himself in an elite category as one of the top outfielders in the game.
He hasn’t showcased his home run power that much this season, only hitting six home runs through 71 games, but he’s still shown that he’s one of the top hitters on the team.
Let’s not forget how talented he is in the field as well.
He’s one of the best at tracking balls down and taking hits away from batters. His all-around game is very impressive and there’s a lot of games left to be played this season, so don’t be surprised if Mullins catches fire and starts hitting home runs.
Earlier this month, Mullins talked about his performance at the plate this season and the mindset he has had.
“The balls that I typically do good damage to I’m just missing,” Mullins said in an article from masnsports.com. “That is just baseball. Do what you can with it. Continue to put the work in, make small tweaks to continue to get better and make adjustments to the pitchers and keep playing hard.”
One important thing to note is Mullins is having fun out there with his team. He’s evolved into a leader and when he’s playing like he knows how to, his energy rubs off on the entire team.
“It’s been awesome,” Mullins said. “It’s interesting looking at the record. We’ve had a lot of close games that could have went our way and we could be looking at a totally different situation right now. This group is always playing hard and we’ve obviously shown that we are not a quitting team and we don’t falter just because we are behind. That is something the team will need to be a winning club.”
Mullins is getting into a rhythm at the plate and that’s a great sign for Orioles fans. Look for him to have a strong second half this season.