J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

J.P. Crawford has evolved into a high-level player throughout the past few seasons.

When he first entered the league in 2017, it was just a matter of time until he would blow up.

When you talk about some of the top players in the league, it’s hard not to mention Crawford. 

The talented shortstop already has a Gold Glove Award under his belt and this season he had his eyes set on an All-Star selection.

 

J.P. Crawford’s Bat Is Catching Up To His Gold Glove

 

As the 2021 season progressed, Crawford was making a case for the All-Star ballot. 

This brother could not miss the ball at the plate during the month of June. He went on a six-game hitting streak earlier in the month and then not too long after went on a 12-game hitting streak.

Yes, this was all in the same month. He finished June with a .352 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI.

 

Home Boi Highlights | J.P. Crawford

 

With those numbers you think he would be a shoe in to make the All-Star team. But unfortunately Crawford did not. The abundance of shortstop talent made him the odd man out.

Not being selected to the All-Star Game had Crawford feeling some type of way. “I was hurt. I still am,” Crawford told mlb.com when he was not selected. “I thought I had a shot to definitely be there. It’s a shame. I really wanted to represent Seattle…”

Though Crawford wasn’t selected to play in the All-Star Game, he knows that there is a lot more at stake this season.

Crawford has emerged as a leader in his third season with the Seattle Mariners. He is becoming a well-rounded, highly-confident player.

“I know I can compete with the best of them now, so I’ve just got to stay healthy,” Crawford said. 

“My first game here in ‘19, I was just trying to stay quiet, show these guys what I could do and stay out of the way,” Crawford said. “And now I feel like this is my team. And I feel that energy. Guys come up to me. I want them to come up to me. And I want to be that guy because I’ve always been that leader-type role, and I’m ready for it. This is my team. I want to lead us to the promised land.”

 

Our MLBbro is ready to help lead his team to the playoffs and he’s determined to build on the success he had during the 2020 season.

 

Through 96 games, Crawford has a .270 batting average with five home runs and 31 RBI. 

Though he didn’t make the All-Star team, Crawford is going to continue to show why he’s one of the top players in the league and he’ll be a Bro you definitely need to know during the second half of the season.

 

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 11)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 11)

Taijuan Walker has silenced many of his haters this season by taking the city that never sleeps by storm.  He has the seventh-lowest ERA in the Major Leagues and struck out a career-high 12 batters during his start this week against the Chicago Cubs. 

 For that, he earns the top spot on this week’s #HighFive weekly rankings. 

1. Taijuan “Fly Tai” Walker

Through the first three months of the season, Taijuan Walker has been the steal of the off season.  The Mets were the only team to offer him a contract, which is for 2 years and $20 million with a player option for the third. 

“Everything’s worked out well for everyone,” Walker told reporters.  “I’m glad the Mets were my only offer.

 

 

In Tuesday’s start against the Cubs, Walker struck out a career-high 12 batters and lowered his ERA to 2.12 which is good for seventh in the league.  It was his third start this season without allowing a walk and he has caught fire since returning from the Injured List.

In the four starts since his return, Walker has thrown 24 innings and struck out 31 hitters.  

 

 

His Black Knight rotation mate Marcus Stroman has been the Andre 3000 to Walker’s Big Boi.  In his last two starts, Stroman has thrown 13 innings with 15 strikeouts and only one earned run.

Taijuan will get the Fathers Day start for the Mets as they travel to the nation’s capital to take on Josh Harrison, Josh Bell and the rest of the Nationals.

 

2. Mookie Betts

We have high expectations for Mookie, being that he is the best player in all of baseball.  He got off to a slow start this season for his standards, but during the past week, Betts showed flashes of his MVP-caliber skills.

He’s hit .318 with three home runs, four RBI, eight runs, five walks and a .727 Slugging Percentage in his last seven games.

Bett’s has four multi-hit games this month and on Tuesday night against the Phillies, it was the 7th inning of a 3-3 game when Mookie stepped to the plate and blasted a solo home run. 

It was the first time he hit a homer with Dodger stadium completely full. 

 

 

Mookie travels to Arizona this weekend to take on the Diamondbacks who will be rocking their city connect uniforms on Friday night.

3. Marcus “Rock Any Park U” Semien

Marcus Semien has kept his hot bat from the month of May going in June. The reigning American League Player of the Month is batting .263 with three home runs this month, including a leadoff bomb Wednesday night against the Yankees’ Garrett Cole.  

Through his last seven games, Semien is hitting .286 with three home runs, six RBI, seven runs and a stolen base.  He is on track to start at second base for the American League All-Star team and is in the middle of what is a career year leading up to his free agency this offseason.

 

4. Bobby Bradley

Bobby Bradley has been rocking out since joining Cleveland on June 5th as they have been riddled with injuries and he has given them exactly what they have been missing: power at the first base position. Thursday Bradley hit his fourth home run in just 10 games this season.  He is now batting .375 with four home runs and 11 RBI. 

 

 

Bradley has also helped the Indians stay afloat in a wide-open American League.  Since his call up they have a record of 8-2 and sit in second place in the American League Central, four games behind Tim Anderson’s White Sox while being only a game back of Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros for the final Wild Card spot.

 

Bobby Bradley Isn’t Giving Cleveland A Chance To Send Him Back To The Minors

 

After finishing a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Bradley will travel to Pittsburg to take on Ke’Bryan Hayes and the Pirates.

5. J-Up 

Justin Upton was named Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlight after batting .360 with 10 runs scored and two home runs last week.  He recently moved to the leadoff spot in the Angels lineup and raised his batting average from .120 to .232.  

 

Home Boi Highlights | Justin Upton

 

In his last seven games, Upton is batting .259 with seven hits, seven runs and has drawn seven walks with a .412 On-Base Percentage.

J-Up and his Angels will take on Akil “the Trill” Baddoo and the Detroit Tigers in sunny Los Angeles for a four-game series this weekend.