Putting In Work For The Kansas City Royals Is Old Hat For Jarrod Dyson

Putting In Work For The Kansas City Royals Is Old Hat For Jarrod Dyson

MLBbro veteran and World Series champion Jarrod Dyson has been putting in work lately. 

The Kansas City Royals outfielder has been swinging a hot stick, batting an impressive .455 with five hits and three stolen bases in his last seven games.

 

Once a party starter for the Royals, Dyson has been a valuable asset off the bench this season. The 36-year-old still can be productive on the field and at the plate and the Royals have certainly seen that this season.

One thing about Dyson is that whether he’s coming off the bench or starting, he will leave it all out on the field.

This season Dyson has appeared in 34 games and is batting .277 with 13 hits and seven runs scored. He’s not a power hitter, but he knows how to get on base and make things happen.

He also etched himself in the Royals record books. On May 20, 2021, he stole his 179th base as a Royal which put him past Frank White for fifth all-time.

 

 

Dyson may not play in as many games as he did earlier in his career but when his number is called, he makes sure he’s ready.

He had a really good ending to May, going 2-for-4 against the Minnesota Twins. 

In a recent game, on June 12, he had a solid performance at the plate going 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base against the Oakland Athletics.

Dyson has been around the game for a while as he’s currently in his 12th year. He’s in his second stint with the Royals and can provide a lot of knowledge and experience to the younger players.

Dyson won his first and only World Series title with the Royals back in 2015. He played an important role on that team and he’s still playing an important role now.

With an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Dyson could see a lot more action on the field going forward.

 Dyson has played with five different teams while spending most of his career with the Royals. 

During the 2016 season, he had one of his best seasons statistically. He finished the season with a .278 batting average with 83 hits, 25 RBI, and 30 stolen bases.

 

 

This brother has put up impressive numbers numerous times throughout his career and even though he’s in his mid-30s, any team would benefit from having him in the lineup. He’s that teammate you would love to play with. The energy he displays is contagious, and he impacts whether he’s in the lineup or on the bench.

 

 

As the season progresses, look for the Royals to find more ways to utilize Dyson more. 

At the end of the day, the MLBbro vet still has game.

Brian Goodwin Knows A Thing Or Two About First Impressions

Brian Goodwin Knows A Thing Or Two About First Impressions

When it comes to making a good first impression, Chicago White Sox outfielder Brian Goodwin does that well. 

The 30-year-old gave White Sox fans a treat in his debut on June 12. The White Sox bats came alive that day against the Detroit Tigers in a 15-2 win and Goodwin, a six-year veteran, made sure to join in on the fun.

He went 2-for-5 at the plate, hitting his first home run of the season and had five RBI. Goodwin became the 38th White Sox player to hit a home run in their debut.

 

 

“It felt good, first game, give the fans and teammates something to see,” Goodwin told the Chicago Sun-Times after his performance. 

That is the production Goodwin needed to have the opportunity to make an impact for a team who has a chance to play for a World Series title this season. This surging White Sox team will benefit from having a player like Goodwin, who can be productive at the plate and in the field. 

The start of the 2021 season has been a rollercoaster for Goodwin. He signed a minor league contract in February with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Our MLBbro received an invite to spring training in hopes of making the Opening Day roster. The talent-strapped Pirates decided to release Goodwin on May 3rd. At that time the veteran outfielder wondered when he would next play baseball.

But, that didn’t last too long. A day later,  he signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox and now he’s back in the majors.

“I wasn’t too happy about it, but it helped me keep that chip on my shoulder,” Goodwin said. “Signed here in May, and I’m still [ticked] off. I’m going to take it out on everybody else with how I play.”

 

 

After spending time in Triple-A Charlotte, Goodwin got the call up after Nick Madrigal went on the 60-day Injured List.

Before joining the White Sox, Goodwin played with four other MLB teams. His last stint in the league was in 2020 with the LA Angels and Cincinnati Reds. During the COVID shortened season he appeared in 30 games with the Angels and batted .242 with 17 RBI. The Angels traded him to the Reds and he finished the season playing in 20 games and batted .163.

Goodwin started his career with the Washington Nationals, who drafted him in 2011 out of the University of North Carolina.

He made his debut with the Nationals in 2016, appearing in 22 games and finished with an impressive .286 batting average. The next season, Goodwin appeared in 74 games, finishing with a .251 average. This brother quickly made an impact in his first few years. 

In 2018 he spent the first half of the season with the Nationals and was then traded to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals released Goodwin in March of 2019 and he was picked up by the Angels, where he had a career season. 

 

 

So as you can see, Goodwin has bounced around during his time in the Majors. He has a career .250 batting average and he’ll continue to look to make an impact while he’s on the field.

 

 

It all came full circle for Goodwin because the first time he was drafted was out of high school in 2009 and can you guess what team drafted him? The White Sox.

Now he’s a member of the team on the South Side that could make a deep run in the postseason.

Stop Sleeping on Andrew McCutchen, He’s Still Out Here Giving Pitchers Nightmares

Stop Sleeping on Andrew McCutchen, He’s Still Out Here Giving Pitchers Nightmares

If you have not been watching Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen recently, then you are missing out. By the time his Sunday was complete, he had reached career milestones in doubles (35) and runs scored (1,000). 

 

The 34-year-old has seen the ball really well since the end of May. He is currently on a six-game hitting streak, which has increased his batting average to .225 on the year. 

His 10 home runs are second on the team and he is also second on the team in RBI with 28. Even though his batting average may not be up to par, he’s still been swinging a hot stick.

 

 

And his hits have been timely. The former 2013 National League MVP still has some power in his bat. During his six-game hitting streak, he’s 9-for-20 with three home runs with seven RBI.

McCutchen came through big time in the Phillies’ 5-2 victory over the Nationals on June 5. He only had one hit that game, but that hit was a three-run homer that helped the Phillies seal the victory.

The next day, on June 6,  he went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

After that game, McCutchen talked about his performance and how he came and delivered for his team. Beyond the stick, McCutchen’s leadership is also invaluable. 

 

 

“That’s what it’s all about,” McCutchen told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We don’t get many opportunities like that so when we do, you have to be able to capitalize. We were able to do that.”

The Phillies took two of three from the Nationals in their recent series. McCutchen was one of the Phillies’ top hitters during the series, going 5-for-10 with four RBI.

When the 2021 season started, McCutchen got off to a slow start. The 13-year veteran hit an abysmal .169 for April. 

In baseball, there will be times where players face slumps and aren’t hitting the way they want to. One thing you have to continue to do is continue to stay positive and always and be ready for the next opportunity.

When May rolled around, McCutchen started to see more success at the plate. He went on a six-game hitting streak during the month.

One area McCutchen has had success this season is hitting off of left-handed pitchers. In a separate article from the Philadelphia Inquirer that was published on June 3, it stated that McCutchen was hitting .301 against lefties.

“Sometimes I can fall into these patterns to where I’m one way on a lefty, and then when a righty comes in, the approach kind of changes,” McCutchen said. “I feel like lefties, maybe I’m diving over the plate. 

“Righties come in, and I’m diving, and I’m missing pitches that I should be hitting. It’s just about centering that and fine-tuning it so you can be even-keeled against a lefty or a righty. I don’t look at it as a problem. I just look at it as a challenge.”

 

 

So even though his overall numbers aren’t the best this season, McCutchen still has a lot of value to this Phillies team. He’s the type of player that can change the game with one swing of the bat and he’s displayed that his whole career.

Now in his third year with the Phillies, McCutchen will look to continue to establish himself as a threat at the plate and in the field.

Hey!! Don’t Sleep On MLBbro Michael Taylor | The Royals Are A Good Fit

Hey!! Don’t Sleep On MLBbro Michael Taylor | The Royals Are A Good Fit

Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael Taylor is in his eighth MLB season and his path to the big leagues is a motivating one.

This is Taylor’s first season with the Royals and it’s safe to say Taylor may have found a home in Kansas City.

Our MLB bro started the 2021 season with a seven-game hitting streak and in his debut with the Royals, he went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

 

Not only was he on fire at the plate in his Royals’ debut, but he got it done in the field as well. He threw out a runner at the plate to show that he can do it all.

That’s how you make an introduction to your new team right there.

The 2020 shortened season was not a pleasant one for Taylor as he finished with a .196 batting average in 38 games with the Washington Nationals. 

So Taylor was on a mission when the 2021 season started. Not only did he want to have a better start than the previous year, but he was on a new team and wanted to show that he can make an impact on the Royals.

 

 

After that hot start to the season, Taylor cooled off at the plate. There was a period in April where he was hitless in four straight games, but quickly turned that around and went on a six-game hitting streak. 

One thing Taylor knows how to do is put the bat on the ball and he can run too. Through 44 games, Taylor has four stolen bases and is Top 50 in the league in that category.

His style of play fits the Royals well. He’s a threat on the bases, can man the outfield and chase balls down, and he can hit, too. 

Now the Royals are one of the top teams in the league when it comes to stealing bases. According to ESPN, through 48 games, the team has a total of 36 stolen bases, which is second in the league. 

This team likes to run and Taylor fits right in. The most stolen bases Taylor had in a season were 24 and that came in 2018 during his tenure with the Nationals, which ended with Taylor being a huge contributor to a WS championship. 

 

 

From 2015 to 2018, Taylor stole more than 13 bases each season. He started his career with the Nationals, who drafted him in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB draft.

Taylor actually started his career off as a middle infielder, but an injury transitioned him to the outfield, where he would make his new primary position.

After the end of the 2013 season, Taylor was added to the Nationals’ 40-man roster. At that time, he was ranked the fourth-best prospect in the Nationals’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He went on to make his MLB debut during the 2014 season.

His best season statistically came in 2017 when he hit .271 with 19 home runs and had a .486 slugging percentage.

 

 

Two seasons later, Taylor was a part of the Nationals when they won their first World Series title in franchise history.

Taylor is a winner and he’s looking to bring that winning mentality back to Kansas City, a team that won the World Series in 2015.

Lately, Taylor has seemed confident at the plate. From May 16 to May 22, he went on a five-game hitting streak. Currently, he’s hitting .263 with two home runs in his last seven games.

 

 

Taylor’s abilities can certainly help the Royals make a push for the postseason playing in the AL Central. He has a lot of experience and knows what it takes to win. So make sure you keep a close eye on Taylor this season.