#HIGHFIVE + 5 More | Top 10 Black & Brown MLB Players For 2021

#HIGHFIVE + 5 More | Top 10 Black & Brown MLB Players For 2021

The 2021 season saw some MLBbros become parts of baseball history. From breaking single-season home run records the most home runs at a position to being a franchise’s first 30/30 club member and even the first walk-off in the Great state of Iowa, this was one to remember.

        Here are our Top 10 MLBbros of 2021.

1. Marcus Semien

No second baseman in the history of Major League Baseball has hit more home runs in a season than Marcus Semien has for the 2021 Blue Jays, and with just a few games left, has a chance to pile on a few more.

Semien bet on himself this season and it has paid off big time. He signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays in the off-season and even made the switch from shortstop to prove his versatility.

Semien’s 44 home runs have him fourth in the race for the Home Run crown, while some of his other numbers absolutely crushed other Major League second baseman.

He is slashing .267/.338/.881 with 101 RBI and 39 doubles and also has the highest Wins Above Replacement rating in the Majors at 7.2.

Semien was exactly what they needed in the city of Toronto to get over the hump and become true contenders.

He’ll get the chance to test the free agent waters and says he wants to be considered a short stop while doing so.  I don’t think we can rule out the possibility he continues to play second base, but he should get the chance to be paid top dollar regardless of which side of the diamond he is on.

2. Cedric Mullins

Cedric Mullins may have had the greatest season in Baltimore Orioles franchise history, and the numbers do not lie.

Mullins became the fourth active player to join the illustrious 30 home run and 30 stolen base club. No other Oriole has ever done that.

The 5’8 175 center fielder has the eighth highest batting average in the Majors, the fourth most doubles and is ranked seventh in OPS among outfielders.

Mullins’ 2021 All-Star selection shocked many people, but throughout this entire season he proved his name belongs amongst baseball’s elite players.

Even though Baltimore baseball is going through tough times, they have a diamond in the rough batting leadoff and playing center field for years to come.


3. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge has had his best season since he won the 2017 Rookie of the Year award. The Empire State has been on his back this entire season, and Judge has continued to step up and answer the bell each time in pressure situations.

From his late home run in the Field of Dreams Game to his go-ahead double against the rival Red Sox this past weekend on Sunday Night Baseball, Judge showed this year he is one of the most clutch players the game has to offer.

We told you back in April his health was key to a Yankees playoff berth.

He’s given us more than a few missles and treasured moments.

Judge leads the Yankees in almost every offensive category this season: games played, hits, doubles, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS or WAR.

He now has 38 home runs, 96 RBI and an OPS of .916 this season.

4. Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson has become one of the faces of baseball over the last few seasons and continues to make his case for best shortstop in the game every time he steps on the field.

TA7 is one of the most feared leadoff hitters in all of baseball. He has the ability to make it 1-0 before most fans can make it to their seats from the concession stands.

Anderson sits slightly out of the Top 10 for average in the Majors at .301.  He also adds 17 home runs, 18 steals, 59 RBI and 92 runs scored to his season totals.

5. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton has been the Robin to Aaron Judge’s Batman this year, especially during the second half of the season when the Yankees made their run to get themselves back into contention.

Stanton has the second highest exit velocity average on batted balls this year at 95.3, just slightly behind Judge who is at 95.9.  He also has 35 home runs, 96 RBI and an .881 OPS.

Stanton etched his name in the history books of one of baseball’s best rivalries, the Yankees and Red Sox.  In their final time in Boston this season Stanton became one of four Yankees to have three home runs and 10 RBI in any 3-game span vs the Red Sox.

6. Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman sat out the entire 2020 season, and for him to return in 2021 and lead the Majors in starts, he deserves some respect on his name.

Stroman finished with a career high 33 starts and posted the second lowest ERA of his career.

Despite having the “best pitcher” in baseball (Jacob deGrom) the and a 2021 All-Star in their rotation (Taijuan Walker) Stroman was the most consistent Mets pitcher throughout the season.

He’ll have the chance to test the market as a free agent and will have multiple suitors as he may be the most marquee name behind Max Scherzer.

7. Mookie Betts

Despite fighting through multiple injuries and maybe a little 2020 World Series hangover, Mookie Betts had a fine 2021, even if some of his numbers are a peg lower than what we’ve become accustomed too.

Betts was named an All-Star this season and currently has 22 home runs, 56 RBI, 89 runs scored and a .371 on base percentage. His OPS is quickly approaching .900 as well.

He’s been a swiss army knife for the Dodgers, moving around in the lineup as well as playing second base for a few games and turning out a few web gems.The formed MVP will surely save his biggest moments for the playoffs.

8. J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford put himself in rare company last season when he became one of the few recent black Gold Glove winning infielders and it looks like he’ll repeat again this season.

He leads the Majors in putouts and assists and seems to give the west coast jaw dropping highlights every single night.

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At the plate Crawford made some improvements from last season. His average against left handed pitchers increased from .242 to .276. Crawford ranks 14th in the league in total hits and leads all Major League shortstops with 37 doubles.

On the year he is slashing .273/.336/.715 with 52 RBI and nine home runs.

9. Michael Brantley

If Michael Brantley could have avoided the injury bug this season, he would have had a legit chance at the 2021 batting championship.

He started the season off hot, earning his fifth career All-Star appearance as he led the Majors in batting average for most of the first half of the season.

He’s only appeared in 118 out of 159 games this season and has 29 doubles, a .311 average and a .798 OPS. Another great season for “The Professional.”

10. Triston McKenzie

Triston McKenzie had to learn on the fly this season, and grew up in front of our eyes with some dominant starts, particularly on August 15th when he pitched eight innings out one hit baseball and a career high 11 strikeouts.

At one point of the season McKenzie put together seven consecutive quality starts from August 5th to September 14th.

McKenzie is also going to lead the team in strikeouts, becoming one of the youngest to do so in franchise history just behind C.C. Sabathia who did it at age 21.

Honorable Mentions:

Josh Bell– Despite the struggles of his Nationals, Bell had himself a great year.  He is at 27 home runs, 88 RBI and a .814 OPS.

Jazz Chisholm Jr.– Injuries at the beginning of the season stopped Jazz from being a 2021 All-Star, but we still got the chance to see him Euro step across the plate 17 times.

He has an outside chance at winning the National League’s Rookie of the Year award, but the only  Bahamian born player currently in the Majors has already impressed folks around the league

LaMonte Wade Jr.– Wade Jr. is the epitome of what the San Francisco Giants have been able to do this season.  He continually stepped up especially in late game situations earning himself the nickname “Late Night Lamonte”

Jack Flaherty – Jack Flaherty was on his way to becoming a black ace and winning 20 games before an injury stalled his season for a few months.

The Cardinals seemed to come back alive when he returned as they rattled off 17 consecutive wins at one point.  It seems Flaherty might come out of the bullpen for St. Louis during their playoff run if they can get past the wild card games.

It’s been a great season and we’ve brought you the best of the Black and Brown players in MLB. We’ll be back next season with our #HIGHFIVE lists.

See you in March !

 

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 23)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 23)

Our very own Brandon Carr believes Triston McKenzie is the best MLBbro pitcher in the game, and over his last few starts his numbers haven’t lied.

He etched his name into the Cleveland baseball record books and has retired 96 of the last 112 batters he has faced.

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For that, McKenzie takes the top spot on week 23 of our #High/Five list.

1. Triston McKenzie

This past Tuesday Triston McKenzie became the first pitcher in Cleveland Guardians history to throw six plus innings and allow three or fewer hits in five consecutive starts.

After putting his 5.57 ERA for the month of July behind him, McKenzie has been a different animal on the mound.

He posted a 1.93 ERA in the month of August and began his recent streak of seven consecutive starts going six or more innings.

McKenzie sat out for a week after dealing with shoulder fatigue, and although many thought that would spell the end of his season, it seems to have made him stronger for the final regular season push.

Even though the Guardians are basically out of the playoff picture, McKenzie has a chance to showcase why he can be a number one or two starter in their rotation next season.

His next start is scheduled for next Monday against Michael Taylor and the Kansas City Royals.

2. Aaron Judge/ Giancarlo Stanton

 

 

Last weekend’s Subway Series matchup between the Yankees and Mets was one of the most entertaining of the season, and Stanton and Judge found themselves right in the thick of things.

Saturday night Judge hit two home runs including one off of fellow MLBbro All-Star Taijuan Walker, which made him the second fastest player ever to reach 150 homers, doing so in just 552 games.

The only person to do it in fewer games was former Philidelphia Phillie Ryan Howard who did it in just 495 games.

He also hit a two-run game tying home run in the 8th inning, as the Yankees pulled out an 8-7 victory.

Sunday night’s game was a wild one in itself, and this time Giancarlo Stanton decided to stir the pot.

After Mets shortstop Franciso Lindor had some words for the Yankees during his home run trot, Stanton put one in the stands himself and made sure to let Lindor know about it after he rounded second.

Benches would clear, but I am sure nobody was looking forward to a face to face with Stanton.

3. Mookie Betts

It’s a good thing we never hit the panic button on Mookie Betts, because he’s back, and the number over his current eight game hitting streak proves it.

Over that stretch Betts has two home runs and six RBI, including a three-run home run Saturday night to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning.

Something about the fifth inning felt good to Mookie over the weekend, as he hit a solo shot to deep left during Sunday’s game as well.

Betts and his Dodgers have officially clinched a playoff spot and are right on the Giants’ tails for the number one overall seed in the National League.

4. Marcus Stroman

Tuesday’s start against the Cardinals was the 23rd time Stroman allowed two or fewer runs this season, tying him with Dodgers aces Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer for the most this season.

Stroman also showed us why he is one of the top athletes in the sport, as he dropped a bunt down and sprinted 4.02 to first base.

It’s not the first time Stroman has shown off his skill with the bat as well as his speed.  Multiple pitchers have fallen victim to his bunt singles, and with the speed he has he’ll claim more in his future.

Stroman’s next start will come next Tuesday in Fenway Park against the Red Sox.

5. LaMonte Wade Jr.

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“Late Game LaMonte” is one of the many reasons the San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball and he has earned a key role for the championship run they are preparing to go on.

Over his last seven games Wade Jr. is hitting .320 with five RBI, four walks and five runs scored.

Wade has made a name for himself by coming up in big situations late in games this season.

During the 9th inning, he is 9-for-15 with nine RBI, including a go-ahead two run single in the top of the ninth inning of their game against the Rockies.

This season Wade Jr. now has 17 home runs, 48 RBI, six steals and an .845 slugging percentage.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 22)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 22)

1. Marcus Semien

 

Marcus Semien is representing his fellow Virgos around world with how he opened the month of September.

He has six home runs including a walkoff and a grand slam and is closing in on the record for most by a second baseman in Major League history.

For that he takes the top spot on Week 22 of our #HighFive list.

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Semien has 38 homers this season, which puts him 10th All-Time for most home runs by a second baseman in a season, tied with two Yankees; Alfonso Soriano and Gleyber Torres. 

 

Semien’s hot streak has the Blue Jays on fire, entering Thursday they have won seven straight games, nine of their last 10 and are only a game and a half behind New York for the second wild card spot.

Semien and his Blue Jays will travel to Baltimore to take on fellow #High/Five member Cedric Mullins and his Orioles.

2. Jo Adell

Jo Adell is becoming a fan favorite. The rookie  bounced back from a slow August and is owning September with the highest batting average for anyone on our #High/Five List.


Adell batted .216 with only one home run in August, but through the first week of September, he already has three homers, a .391 batting average and eight RBI.

His biggest hit came on Tuesday in the top of the seventh inning against the Padres.

Blake Snell had a no hitter going with runners on second and third.

Adell shot a single into left field which scored both runners and broke a 0-0 tie in a 4-0 Angels win.

 

3. Taylor Hearn

Taylor Hearn brings fire to the mound, whether he comes out of the bullpen, is an opener or gets to let it loose and go deep in games, like his most recent start. 


Hearn has registered four consecutive quality starts, earning the victory in his last three. 
In each of his last two starts, Hearn has gone a career-high 6.2 and a full seven innings.


Hearn is getting his first taste of full time action this season and seems to be coming into a zone, improving each time he takes the bump.

Over his last three starts he has an ERA of 2.97, 16 strikeouts and only two walks.

His next start is scheduled for Sunday as he’ll take on fellow MLBbros Tony Kemp and Josh Harrison.

4. Cedric Mullins

Even if you live under a rock you’re probably still aware that Cedric Mullins is raking. He has a chance to join the 30/30 club.

Even when he’s not circling the bases with one swing, Mullins is doing the job of a leadoff hitter and getting on base in any way possible.


Mullins has gotten on base in 15 consecutive games, not including his pinch hit appearance on August 30th and scored 15 times.

5. J.P. Crawford

The Mariners 19-year long playoff drought is currently the longest in the Majors.

At some point this season, they were supposed to fall off, but led by last year’s Gold Glove shortstop J.P. Crawford, they have won 7 out of 10 games and are two and a half back of the final wild card spot.

 


Crawford put the Astros on ice with a two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to save Seattle from getting swept.

Over his last seven games Crawford is hitting .323 with six RBI, four walks and eight runs.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 21)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 21)

We are dancing into September, the final month of the regular season and the official beginning of the race for pennants and playoff spots.

It is also the final chance for players to make their cases for MVP considerations, and Yankees All-Star Aaron Judge has put his name atop the ballot with his play and the team’s current hot streak. 

For that, he takes the top spot on Week 21 of our #HighFive List.

1. Aaron Judge  

We have been saying it all year, and it becomes clearer and clearer with each passing day; Aaron Judge should have his name in every conversation when discussing who should win the American League MVP award.

Even though Judge was named as a starter for the American League All-Star team, he still has gone underappreciated and undervalued on talk shows and other media outlets.

 

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Last week Judge was in the four spot on our #High/Five list and also earned the honor of being named Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights.

Judge has yet to slow down, specifically since the trade deadline where the Yankees went from basement dwellers to the front runners to make it into the one game wild card play-in.

Over his last seven games, Judge is batting .500 yes .500!! He has powered three home runs and driven in 10 RBI while posting a .893 slugging percentage and an on base percentage over .540.

The numbers for Judge over his last 26 games have put the rest of the Majors on notice, as he continues to prove he is a top 10 player in the game.  He is slashing .368/.456/.684 with six doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI and four steals 

The Yankees now claim a two-game lead for the top wild card spot and will look to extend it against Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles.

 

2. Devin Williams

Last year’s National League Rookie of the Year Devin Williams got off to a slow start to begin his sophomore campaign, but lately he has shown he is one of the top relief pitchers in the game.

 

During the month of August, Williams pitched 14 innings and did not give up a single earned run.  He also struck out 22 batters and only walked three.

Williams is proving this year that last year’s Rookie of the Year season was no fluke. 

Over his last 30 games, Williams has a 0.32 ERA in 28 innings with 43 strikeouts, a 0.93 and only one earned run.

Last season, in 27 innings he had a 0.33 ERA with 53 strikeouts and a 0.63 WHIP

3. Josh Bell

Most parts of the Nationals 2021 season may be forgettable, but the play of Josh Bell cannot go unnoticed.  He has been a regular on our #High/Five list as last week he found himself and the five spot.

 

Bell’s week was highlighted by a two-homer performance against the Mets on Sunday.

His hitting streak was extended to nine games with an RBI single Thursday against the Phillies and he also has hits in 14 of his last 15 games.

Over his last seven games Bell is batting .400 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored.

This weekend Bell and his Nationals travel to Sunny South Beach to take on Jazz Chisholm Jr. and the Miami Marlins.

4. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton is the heavyweight champion of all Big League batters, and he claims the four spot on our #High/Five list as he continues to storm through the second half of the season.

Stanton put on a light show in the batter’s box last week.  He homered in four consecutive games then added another one three days later.

During Stanton’s last seven games he has four home runs, seven RBI, four runs and a .778 slugging percentage.

The two Twin Towers of Power in New York will travel to Baltimore for a Labor Day weekend series against the O’s.

5. Derek Hill

Derek Hill makes his first appearance this season on our #High/Five list this year and becomes the second Tiger to claim the honor after Akil “The Thrill” Baddoo.

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Hill is one of the best young defenders patrolling center field that the Majors has to offer, but his first career time hitting home runs in back-to-back games is what propelled him this week.

Over his last seven games, Hill is hitting .333 with a .667 slugging percentage, two home runs and four runs scored.

This weekend Hill and the Tigers will battle against the wild card hopeful Cincinnati Reds.

#HighFive |Top 5 Black & Brown Players (Week  20)

#HighFive |Top 5 Black & Brown Players (Week 20)

Giancarlo Stanton has been the hottest hitter on the hottest team on the planet as he has his Yankees back in playoff contention.  For that, he takes the top spot on Week 20 of our #HighFive list.

 

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1. Giancarlo Stanton

Since the trade deadline last month the Yankees have been one of the best teams in baseball and that’s in large part due to the play of former National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton took the number four spot on our #HighFive list last week, but climbed into the top spot after hitting four home runs with eight RBI, a .348 batting average and .957 slugging percentage.

 

Entering Thursday Stanton has recorded hits in 12 out of 13 games and he torched the Atlanta Braves pitching staff during their quick two game series, including roping a two-run double down the left field line in the 6th inning of Monday’s game to break a 1-1 tie.

 

Stanton has made the move from full time Designated Hitter to playing Left field in order to get the best out of what now is a deep Yankees roster, and his ability to not be a liability on defense has been just as key as his play with the bat in his hand.

 

This weekend Stanton and his Yankees will play four against Bay Area Bros Josh Harrison and Tony Kemp in Oakland.

 

2. Marcus Semien

The American League starter at second base in this year’s All-Star Game deserves to take home an American League Silver Slugger award this season.  Marcus Semien takes the number two spot on this week’s #High/Five list after putting on a power display Wednesday.

 

Semien gave Blue Jays fans a show when he hit two home runs in a three hit performance during Thursday’s game, giving him 32 on the season.

Over his last seven games Semien is batting .276 with a .621 slugging percentage and five RBI as Toronto sits just five games back of a spot in the Wild Card play-in game.

 

Semien and his Blue Jays are heading to Motown for a series against the Detroit Tigers and Rookie of the Year candidate Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo.

 

3. Tim Anderson

The hero of the Field of Dreams Game takes the number three spot on our Week 20 #HighFive list.

Tim Anderson has recorded his in 11 of his last 12 games with seven of those being multi-hit performances including getting three in four different games.

Anderson has a batting average of .375 with six RBI, a home run and 12 total hits over his last seven games.

He dealt with a few Injury List stints earlier this season, but for the most part has been one of the most consistent players in the Majors while helping his White Sox cruise into the final month of the season with a lead in the American League Central.

 

He is currently 7th spot in the MLB Batting Title race and his .303 batting average is the highest for any shortstop in baseball.

This weekend TA7 AKA “Timmy Spice” will participate in the Battle for Chi-Town as his White Sox take on the Cubs.

 

4. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge seems to always find himself on our #High/Five list and each honor has been well earned as he has been a legitimate American League MVP throughout the entire season.

This week Judge batted .273, hit a home run and drew six walks as his Yankees have been in the win column 11 games in a row.

 

During this season Judge and Stanton have been the most important pieces in the Yankees lineup, and they will have to carry the offense over the last month of the season if they want to secure a playoff spot.

 

 

5. Josh Bell

Josh Bell has quietly had an impressive season despite the overall performance of the Nationals.

He struggled at the beginning of August, but over his last nine games he has seen his average rise a bit.

 

Bell decided to show he was a savage in the batter’s box Wednesday in sunny South Beach against the Miami Marlins when he hit his twenty first home run of the season to end a shutout and tie the game at two a piece in the seventh inning.

Over his last seven games Bell has six RBI, drawn five walks, hit two home runs and has a .393 on base percentage.

 

This weekend Bell and his Nationals will travel upstate to New York to take on the Mets where it is likely he will face Black Knight Marcus Stroman on Saturday