#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black and brown MLB Players (Week 11)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black and brown MLB Players (Week 11)

Michael Brantley has been one of the best hitters on the planet through the first three of weeks June, while attempting to be the only current player in the Majors with an average of .300 or over for five consecutive seasons.  Baseball’s silent assassin, “The Professional”, earns the top spot in Week 11 of our #HighFive List.

1. Michael Brantley

This month Brantley is batting .390 with a .525 slugging percentage and two home runs, including a grand slam last week against the White Sox.

Brantley, a five-time All-Star, has been one of the best at making solid contact this season.

His 24% contact rate is the second-highest rating in the league at producing hard contact this season, only trailing teammate Yordan Alvarez’s 26.5%.  Other MLBbros Mookie Betts (22.2%) and Aaron Judge (21.4%) follow Brantley on that list.

Brantley has a hit in 15 of 16 games played this month, including eight with multiple hits.

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This weekend Brantley and the Astros welcome Aaron Judge and the first-place Yankees to Houston for a four-game series beginning Thursday.

2. Josh Bell

Josh Bell gave the Phillies hell last week with four home runs in three days as he earns the two spot on this week’s #HighFive list.

Since joining the Nationals last year, Bell has eight home runs, 23 RBI, and a .293 average when playing against Philadelphia.

They might have gotten some of the worst of it, but they are not the only pitching staff Bell has been effective against during his tenure in D.C.

Last year was a great bounce back for Bell after a down year in 2020. This season he has proven to be one of the best first basemen in the National League.

Bell, batting .348 with four home runs, six RBI and a .870 slugging percentage over his last seven games ranks in the top five for OPS, RBI, average, and runs scored.

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This weekend Bell and his Nationals take on the Texas Rangers in Arlington.  MLBbro pitcher Josiah Gray will be on the mound for Washington Friday night.

3. Devin Williams

Devin “Airbender” Williams is coming for the title of best reliever in the Majors this season. Based on his last 15 innings it would be hard to argue against it.

Williams has gone 15 innings without giving up a single run while striking out 23 and only walking three hitters.

The last time Willams gave up a run was May 10th when one of the worst teams in baseball got him for three runs.

In 21 of his last 22 appearances, he has not allowed a run to score.

Williams and his Brewers will welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to Milwaukee this weekend.

4. Money Michael Harris II

Michael “Money” Harris II has been the perfect fit for Braves Country since he was promoted to the Majors on May 28th. He makes the #HighFive for the second time in his short career.

The Atlanta native and Stockbridge High School graduate was ranked as the Braves top prospect at the beginning of the season. He will lose that title soon as he has shown he won’t be leaving the Big Leagues anytime soon.

Over his last seven games, Harris is hitting .333 with a home run, three RBI and four runs scored while giving Braves fans a glimpse into a future outfield that includes him and superstar outfielder Ronald Acuna, Jr.

Despite his late start, Harris II is already in the conversation for this year’s National League Rookie of The Year award. He already has one of the higher WAR ratings among all rookies.

This weekend Harris and the Braves welcome the Dodgers to Atlanta for the first time since defeating them in last year’s National League Championship series.

5. Taylor Trammell

When opportunity knocks you have to answer. That’s what Taylor Trammell has done since joining the Mariners in late May after a hamstring injury delayed the start of his season.

Trammell is getting significant playing time with the injury to Kyle Lewis as well as other struggles in the Mariners outfield and Trammell has made the most of it.

 

 

Over his last seven games, he is batting .313 with a .625 slugging percentage, four walks, a home run and four runs scored. This weekend Trammell and the Mariners will be in L.A. to take on the Los Angeles Angels.

#HIGHFIVE | Top MLBbros (Week 3)

#HIGHFIVE | Top MLBbros (Week 3)

Byron Buxton came back to the Twins lineup and continued his case of being the best player in the Majors and earning the top spot in Week 3 of our #High/Five Top Black and brown players of the week. 

  1. Byron Buxton

When Byron Buxton’s name has been in the Twins lineup in the last two years, no player in baseball has played better and this week was a cinematic display of what he brings to the table.

Buxton was named Rob Parker’s Homeboi Highlights feature after the hitting display he put on against his AL Central rival White Sox last weekend.

After going 4-for-4 with a home run, double, two RBI, and scoring three runs in Saturday’s game, his Sunday encore was one for the ages.

After striking out in his first three at-bats, he rose to the occasion yet again with two crunch-time home runs. 

His first was a two-run home run in the 7th inning that tied the game at three. Then in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners on second and third White Sox manager Tony La Russa disrespected Buxton. La Russa decided to pitch to him with a base open. The plate appearance ended with a 469ft three run walk-off home run, tracked as the longest in the Statcast era (since 2015).

That’s just one of many impressive numbers Buxton has put on his resume over the last few seasons.  Entering Thursday, the Twins are 125-73 when he plays and his Wins Above Replacement rating is higher than Mike Trout, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto during that time.

Buxton has a long way to go, but early on, he’s on pace to become the ninth player in Major League history with a WAR above 10 for a season.

2. J.P. Crawford

 

Seattle’s newest captain has shown this season he can apply pressure with the bat the same way he does with his Gold Glove on defense.

Entering Thursday, Crawford found himself in fifth place in the Majors for On Base Percentage and ninth in OPS.  His power numbers look like they will be up as well judging by his three no-doubter home runs in the last seven games – not to mention the impressive bat flips.

 

On the season, Crawford is batting .333 with those three home runs, nine RBI and nine runs scored.

3. Jazz Chisholm Jr.

This week we were taught a very valuable lesson, do not rush the “Bahamian Blur.”

The umpire during last Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals was the culprit, but Yadi Molina and the baseball players were the only victims from the crime scene.

Chisholm tried to gather himself after an 0-2 pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning.  The umpire hurried him into the box. After a bit of back-and-forth between the two he settled in the box and smashed a home run deep to right field.

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That was one of two homers Chisholm Jr. hit last week. The other came on the first pitch of Saturday’s contest against the divisional rivals Braves.

Entering Thursday, Chisholm’s 1.029 OPS is the ninth highest in the Majors.  His average sits at .308 with 15 RBI and four home runs.

4. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is playing for a bag this season.  Not just any bag, he wants to be paid as the top player in baseball. He finally got on the home run board this week. 

Judge kicked off his 30th birthday weekend with two home runs against the Cleveland Guardians Friday night.  He then made one of the biggest plays of the season when he stood up to Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures in right field who were throwing stuff at a Guardians outfielder after the Yankees walk-off win.

During his last seven games last year’s American League Silver Slugger has a .360 batting average with three home runs, five RBI, three walks and .429 On Base Percentage.

5. Josiah Gray

Coming into Thursday, Gray ranks seventh in strikeouts among all pitchers. 

He tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in his start Wednesday against the Bahamian Blurs’ Marlins.

Chisholm applied pressure to Gray with a lead off bunt single in his start this week against the Miami Marlins. Gray settled down, striking out the next two batters, throwing 23 of his first 27 pitches for strikes and allowing no runs through the first two innings.

For the first time this year a team hit Gray around a little.  He finished allowing seven hits in 5.2 innings while giving up four runs and three walks.

His next start will be Sunday in the Bay against the San Francisco Giants.

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Washington D.C.’s next ace Josiah Gray takes the No. 1 spot on our first #High/Five list of the season.

  1. Josiah Gray

Josiah Gray is going to be the nation’s capitals next ace and he wants that crown sooner rather than later.

After starting off 2022 showing why he was rated as a top prospect for the Dodgers last year, he leads the wave on this years first #High/Five list.

The Nationals traded away Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, two pillars of their franchise, for Gray and another prospect at last season’s trade deadline.  They believe the deal will be worth it in the future.

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In his last 10.1 innings he has allowed just one run and struck out 13 hitters.  Gray also gave up only four hits and won both starts.

He’ll look to continue his winning ways Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

  1. Hunter Greene

Hunter Greene is already a superstar. He’s one player that needs to be on the mound in this year’s All-Star Game, in his hometown of Los Angeles, to show the world.

Greene had one of what will be many MLB moments in just his second career start, on the Dodger Stadium mound last Saturday night.

He broke the Major League record for most pitches thrown over 100 MPH in a game (39), finishing the game throwing 5.1 innings, striking out six, and only allowing two runs against one of the baseball’s best lineups.

 

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Greene began his career facing two tough opponents. He got the win in his debut versus the World Champion Braves striking out seven in five innings and only giving up three runs.

The No.2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft will have another tough test this Friday as he takes the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  1. Josh Bell

Josh Bell has been one of the best hitters on the planet and continues to shine during his time in D.C. He’s already earned the honor of being named in Rob Parker’s Homeboi Highlights.

Going into Thursday, Bell ranks 13th in the Majors in batting average and has collected a hit in every game he has played in every game this season except two. He has five multi-hit performances already.

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Bell has an OPS of .977, a .354 batting average, drawn eight walks, hit two home runs and drove in 11 RBI this season.

  1. Jazz Chisholm Jr.

Jazz Chisholm has everything needed to be the face of the franchise for the Miami Marlins.  His on and off-field swag, confidence, and skills put him in the conversation to be one of the best second baseman in the Majors.

Known to us as the “Bahamian Blur”, Chisholm Jr. is the eighth Bahamian-born player to play in the Majors.  The ninth, Lucius Fox, made his debut for the Nationals a few weeks ago.

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Chisholm Jr. leads the Marlins in OPS, slugging percentage, RBI, home runs and slugging percentage.  Even more impressive – he has done so after missing some games due to injury.

Chisholm’s batting average stands at .296 this season with an OPS of 1.085 and two home runs.

  1. Ke’Bryan Hayes

Before the season began, the Pittsburgh Pirates made it clear they wanted Ke’Bryan Hayes to be a part of their future success by signing him to an eight-year/$70 million deal, making him the highest paid player in their franchise’s history. Over the first few weeks of the season he’s made good on their decision.

Hayes has batted either first or third for a Pirates team that has turned some heads early this season. He has a .326 batting average with two steals and has continually flashed his leather, showing his potential to become one of the best defensive players at his position in the league this season.