#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players Week 8

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players Week 8

Two MLB bros from the Nation’s capital have been making headlines with their plate and field performances. 

Washington Nationals‘ first baseman Josh Bell takes the top spot in this week’s #HighFive list that also features his longtime teammate Josh Harrison.

 

1. Josh Bell

The former Pittsburgh Pirate has seen his numbers rise after a slow start to the 2021 season.  In his last seven games, Bell is batting .385 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI while slugging .654.  Just this past Monday, Bell was featured on our “Home Boi Highlights” segment for his performance last week, when he batted .429. 

 

 

The former All-Star was traded to the Nationals in December with hopes of him helping to get them back to the World Series.  He has worked his way into the three-hole spot in the lineup and in a competitive National League East could be the difference in whether or not they make the playoffs.

 

2. Marcus Semien

I do not think anyone had a better month of May than Marcus Semien.  He leads all of baseball with 35 hits this month after hitting back-to-back home runs with his double play partner Bo Bichette in game 1 of the Blue Jays doubleheader Thursday.  

In the last seven games, Semien has hit three home runs, slugged 742, and almost hit for the cycle in last Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 

This season Semien is making the statement that he is the best 2nd baseman in baseball.  His 13 home runs and 31 RBI lead all second baseman by a wide margin.

 

 

3. Josh Harrison

One of the most exciting bros in baseball makes his well-deserved first appearance on our #Hig Five list this season.  Josh Harrison hit a huge grand slam last Saturday that had the DMV going crazy.  He has 7 hits in his last 21 at-bats while driving in five runs. 

 

 

Harrison owned the Orioles in their three-game winning series batting .500 to power a clean sweep of their Beltway Series rival.

 

4. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is probably going yard as I write this list because he’s been on fire. As a matter of fact, there it goes, a two-run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays to tie Thursday night’s game at 3-3 and help propel the Yankees to a crucial 5-3 win. Judge executed his role as a stopper to perfection, helping the Yankees salvage the last game of a three-game series. 

 

 

During his recent hot streak Judge has been more than a home run hitter, even walking off for a win, via the base on ball. 

In his last seven games entering Thursday, the Fresno State alum was batting .348 and walked four times, which is always good to see from a power hitter. His contact-first philosophy has fueled his elevation towards the Top 10 in American League batting leaders. He doesn’t have any room for regression, especially with Twin Tower and MLB bro teammate Giancarlo Stanton still on the shelf.

 

5. Kyle Lewis

After missing the beginning of the 2021 season with a leg injury, it has taken last year’s American League Rookie of the Year a few weeks to find his groove. But he’s getting ready to start dancing like Mike soon.  

 

 

He had both a .400+ OBP and slugging percentage in his last seven games and recorded at least one hit in six of them.  

He’s shown flashes of power this season including the bomb he hit on Monday in Oakland. His bat flip only warrants a 7/10 rating and will be looking for him to impress us a little more when he connects on his next one.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Bros Week 6

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Bros Week 6



1. Kyle Lewis (Seattle Mariners) 

The reigning American League Rookie of the Year got a late start after beginning the season on the Injured List. But now he’s heating up, going 8-for-20 with a .400 batting average the past week, entering Thursday night’s game. 

 For that, he makes his first appearance this season on our #HighFIVE list — and gets the top spot. 

 

HOT STICKS: Kyle Lewis Is Batting .548 In His Last Three Games

 

Lewis came to Texas and his bat was as hot as the weather.  He recorded multiple hits in each of the Mariners’ three games during their weekend series against the Rangers, including three knocks in Friday’s opener.

As the Mariners begin to call up some of their top prospects this week, Lewis will need to grow up fast and even add the role of mentor to his job description. 

If anyone knows how to successfully navigate the on-and-off the field issues a player can face during their rookie year, the recent hardware in Lewis’s trophy case would prove he’s the guy for the job.

 

2. Cedric Mullins (Baltimore Orioles) 

Cedric Mullins has been one of the top players in the game through the first six weeks of the season. 

After collecting a hit in seven straight games, including one of the most impressive triples you will ever see, we gave him the nickname “CM Storm” and he claims the second spot on our #HighFive list.

 


Mullins has begun to blossom this season. He ranks second in hits while leading all MLB center fielders with 98 putouts.  Mullins also hasn’t committed an error this season. Amazing since he plays one of the toughest positions in all of sports.


3. Jack Flaherty (St. Louis Cardinals) 

This week, Flaherty gained separation as he now leads Major League Baseball with seven wins. The next closest pitchers have five.

 

 

Thursday made it five straight quality starts for Jack as he defeated the Brewers 2-0.  He went six innings allowing no runs on just four hits while striking out six. In his two starts this week, Flaherty did not give up a single run in 13 innings.  He struck out 12 batters and his Cardinals recorded shutout wins in each game.

He’s on fire and it might be time to start talking about the possibility of Flaherty becoming MLB’s first Black Ace (20-game winner) since David Price in 2012. 

4. Taijuan Walker (New York Mets) 

The Black Knight pitcher in New York always finds a way onto our list and this week will be no different.  Walker sits in the third spot in this week’s High FIVE and has proven to Mets’ fans that he was one of the top free agent acquisitions this off-season.

Walker currently sits 13th in ERA for Major League Baseball after lowering his down to 2.20 on Wednesday after his start against Baltimore.  In his last two starts,  it seems that he’s finally found his stride as he is raking up strikeouts and going deep into games. 

 

 

In the 14 innings, he pitched, he only gave up one run, while striking out eight batters.  Importantly to Met fans, he’s only walked three batters.  He had given 13 free passes in the four previous starts before. 

The Mets are 6-1 in games started by Walker this season.

 

5. Tim Anderson (Chi-Town White Sox) 

When it’s all said and done, MLBbro.com  expects Tim Anderson to be right in the running for the second batting title of his career this season.  T.A. has collected a hit in eight straight games and recorded six RBI during his streak.

Anderson hit a home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the first, and the White Sox held off the Twins (minus Byron Buxton)  for a 4-2 victory Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field. It was their sixth straight win and 14th in 18 games.

 


In the past five games, he’s batting .348, and his average has crept up to .315, which is Top 20 in MLB. 

HOT STICKS: Kyle Lewis Is Batting .548 In His Last Three Games

HOT STICKS: Kyle Lewis Is Batting .548 In His Last Three Games

At the start of the 2021 season, the Seattle Mariners were without their star outfielder Kyle Lewis.

With seven hits in his last 13 at-bats, it’s safe to say that he is back to being the Lewis that won the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year and made an immediate impact on the Mariners

 

 

The injury to Lewis was something the Mariners did not want to hear at first, but the team knew that he would be back sooner than later.

 

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Lewis suffered a deep bone bruise in his right knee after running into a wall during spring training. Just as he was starting to heat up at the plate, the injury bug struck.

But hey, you control what you can control. And for Lewis, that meant working on getting that knee back to 100% so he could return to his team.

 

 

Our MLB bro made his 2021 debut on April 20 against the LA Dodgers and after missing the team’s first 17 games, the webmaster was grateful to be back on the field.

“It’s very special,” Lewis said in an article from The Seattle Times. “I never take it for granted being able to play. And so anytime I’m able to run out there with the uniform on, it’s always special, especially after being out for a little bit. Definitely a lot of energy, a lot of adrenaline going. I was happy with it, and just excited to get out there.”

His first hit of the season came against the Boston Red Sox on April 23. Lewis was making his third appearance on the season and he saw the ball well that game.

His first homer came three days later.

 

 

Let’s be real here, it’s not easy standing in that batter’s box and trying to hit off a major league pitcher after missing extended time.

You have to get your timing down and make sure you’re seeing the ball well. For Lewis, he’s still making strides to get to where he was last year when he led the Mariners in home runs (11) and OPS (.800).

On Sunday night, in a loss to the Texas Rangers, he collected another two hits and raised his batting average to .258.

Recently, the Mariners have been pleased with Lewis’ performance at the plate.

There was a stretch where he recorded a hit in six straight games and he’s currently on a three-game hitting streak.

 

 

Through his last seven games, he’s batting .375 with nine hits, one home run, and a .542 slugging percentage. This is the Lewis that Mariners fans have been waiting to see.

His best game since his return came on May 7 against the Texas Rangers. Lewis went 3-for-5 with a double.

That was his first three-hit game of the season, and what did he do the next game? Oh nothing much, just follow that up with consecutive two-hit performances.

It’s not surprising to see that Lewis is quickly finding his groove. He is a high-level hitter and possesses a lot of power at the plate.

 

 

As the season progresses, Lewis will continue to make improvements at the plate and he will flex all of his five-tools on a daily basis as he continues to rise the ranks of MLB’s top players.

The Return Of Kyle Lewis Has The Mariners Thinking Audaciously

The Return Of Kyle Lewis Has The Mariners Thinking Audaciously


 

The Mariners have kept the ship afloat without him, but with Kyle Lewis back from a deep knee bruise that kept him off the field for the first 17 games of the season, they look to take the American League West crown and run with it.

 

 

The city of Seattle is one of the best baseball towns in America.  Its fans are no different than the 12’s who spend falls at Seahawks games or the ones who inhabited the SuperSonics arena years ago.  

They are being treated to an excellent brand of baseball on the field. Great pitching, great hitting and all across the diamond, spectacular plays are made on a daily basis.  And it’s being done by some of the best young talent in baseball. 

On Tuesday, the best apple out of that bunch made his 2021 debut. Lewis saw his name in the lineup for the first time in 2021, as he went 0-3 with a walk, in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.

The 25-year-old Black Knight hopes to pick up where he left off in 2020 when he became the second rookie in Major League history to lead a team in batting, home runs, run scored, and walks, joining Mark McGwire who did it in 1987 with the Oakland Athletics.  He also was tied for the rookie lead in home runs while leading in walks and runs during the 60-game season. 

 

 

Lewis is no stranger to hardware as he’s filled his trophy case in the last half-decade, en route to becoming a premier center fielder in the game. He won Baseball America’s 2016 College Player of the Year as well as the 2016 Golden Spikes Award to go along with the Southern Conference Player of the Year before being drafted by Seattle in 2016.

He hit the ground running once he arrived in the league.  In his debut on September 10th of 2019, Lewis cranked a home run off 2020 Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer.  He also homered in the next two games,  joining Trevor Story as the only players to hit home runs in the first three games of their career.

 

 

While Lewis was on the Injured list,  the Mariners called up outfielder Taylor Trammell a bit earlier than expected. The rookie is adjusting to MLB pitching and will get to roam the grass at T Mobile Park, alongside Lewis for years to come.  

On Monday night he had his first career game-winning, extra-base hit in a 4-3 victory over the World Series champion Dodgers.

The Mariners’ 11 wins have them currently tied with the Red Sox for first place in the American League.  They are one of the early surprises as they sit in first place in the AL West without the services of their best player. 

As Lewis gets reacclimated to the game, a strong sophomore season can provide the final push the Mariners need to go from pretenders to contenders.