Texas Ranger Marcus Semien smashed his 15th home run of the season on Wednesday night in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles.

Marcus Semien Stole The 100th Base Of His Career | Can He Go 30/30 This Season?

Marcus Semien Stole The 100th Base Of His Career | Can He Go 30/30 This Season?

Marcus Semien just stole the 100th base of his career and continues to run wild during his first season in Texas.

During July, he batted .268 with 17 RBI, five doubles, two triples, six homers, nine walks and collected seven stolen bases.

There is still a chance for Semien to again put his name in Major League Baseball’s history books and that would be by joining Bobby Bonds, Alfonso Soriano and Ian Kinsler as Texas Rangers to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season.

He is only at 15 homers right now, but he could put himself in a good position to reach the feat at the end of the year if he can go on a late hot streak like he did to close out his 2021 campaign.

During August and September of ’21, Semien hit 20 home runs including 12 in September on his way to passing Davey Johnson for the most in a single season by a second baseman.

“Ragsdale gives me confidence, he will tell me, “You can go get this guy easy” and does a good job of film study. Beasley makes sure we know the arm strength of each player. He told us if we run hard, he will wave us no matter what, so that’s what I try to do.”

Semien, who signed a seven-year $125 million deal with the Rangers this off-season has officially unlocked the fifth tool needed to be in the conversation for the cream of the crop best players in the game. His Major league record 45 home runs and first career Silver Slugger award show the power and contact.

The Gold Glove in his first season at a new position and current career long 46-game errorless streak shows you his skills with both the glove as well as the arm, and now we can cross off speed after what might turn out to be a 30 steal season.

Semien currently ranks just outside of the top five in the American League behind a few players including Baltimore Orioles first ever 30/30 man Cedric Mullins whose 23 leave him just a few out of the top spot.

After a shaky start to his tenure in Texas that saw him go through the longest slump of his career, Semien appears more comfortable each day and now finds himself near the top of most major offensive categories for second baseman including ranking top five in home runs, RBI, runs and steals.

 

During July, he batted .268 with 17 RBI, five doubles, two triples, six homers, nine walks and collected seven stolen bases.

There is still a chance for Semien to again put his name in Major League Baseball’s history books and that would be by joining Bobby Bonds, Alfonso Soriano and Ian Kinsler as Texas Rangers to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season.

He is only at 15 homers right now, but he could put himself in a good position to reach the feat at the end of the year if he can go on a late hot streak like he did to close out his 2021 campaign.

During August and September of ’21, Semien hit 20 home runs including 12 in September on his way to passing Davey Johnson for the most in a single season by a second baseman.

The inaugural winner of the MLBbro.com Player of the Year award stole his 19th base of the season this past Sunday against the Angels, which is already four more than the career high of 15 he set last season.

“In years past, I have had some big-time power hitters behind me,” said Semein. “From Matt Olson to Vlad Jr. I did not want to take chances away from them, the most important thing to me at the end of the day is being safe.”

The Rangers entered Wednesday with an American League leading 80 stolen bases and Semien sits at the head of the team with 19 while only being caught three times.


Two of the people he credits most are Rangers first base coach Corey Ragsdale and third base coach Tony Beasley.

 

 

“Ragsdale gives me confidence, he will tell me, “You can go get this guy easy” and does a good job of film study. Beasley makes sure we know the arm strength of each player. He told us if we run hard, he will wave us no matter what, so that’s what I try to do.”

Semien, who signed a seven-year $125 million deal with the Rangers this off-season has officially unlocked the fifth tool needed to be in the conversation for the cream of the crop best players in the game. His Major league record 45 home runs and first career Silver Slugger award show the power and contact.

The Gold Glove in his first season at a new position and current career long 46-game errorless streak shows you his skills with both the glove as well as the arm, and now we can cross off speed after what might turn out to be a 30 steal season.

Semien currently ranks just outside of the top five in the American League behind a few players including Baltimore Orioles first ever 30/30 man Cedric Mullins whose 23 leave him just a few out of the top spot.

After a shaky start to his tenure in Texas that saw him go through the longest slump of his career, Semien appears more comfortable each day and now finds himself near the top of most major offensive categories for second baseman including ranking top five in home runs, RBI, runs and steals.

 

During July, he batted .268 with 17 RBI, five doubles, two triples, six homers, nine walks and collected seven stolen bases.

There is still a chance for Semien to again put his name in Major League Baseball’s history books and that would be by joining Bobby Bonds, Alfonso Soriano and Ian Kinsler as Texas Rangers to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season.

He is only at 15 homers right now, but he could put himself in a good position to reach the feat at the end of the year if he can go on a late hot streak like he did to close out his 2021 campaign.

During August and September of ’21, Semien hit 20 home runs including 12 in September on his way to passing Davey Johnson for the most in a single season by a second baseman.

These 3 MLBbros Need To Step It Up In The Second Half Of The Season

These 3 MLBbros Need To Step It Up In The Second Half Of The Season

It’s easy to highlight all the players who are leading their teams to great things, like J.P. Crawford, Triston McKenzie, etc. But what about the guys who still have some room for improvement? Three bros in particular definitely need to step it up for their respective teams, or even just for their own stock.

1. Marcus Stroman

After a pretty solid 2021 season for his old team in New York, Stroman left ivia agency and signed a 3-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, worth up to $71 million.

The Cubs were paying for a player they believed could be a front-end starter for this season, but Stroman’s pitching has been subpar to say the least.

He posted a 3.02 ERA in 33 starts last season. His ERA has been up about one and a half runs, posting a 4.69 ERA this year, in only 11 games. He has already given up a little less than half of the runs he gave up last season, but in only a third of the starts. Stroman has a 2-5 record, and has only gone past the fifth inning three times this season.

With the Cubs playoff chances essentially out the window, Stroman could have had the potential to build his worth and get traded to a contender, but that door seems to be closed. It’s crucial for him to try and finish the year as strong as possible to show that he still has it, and that his days of being an elite pitcher aren’t over just yet.

2. Marcus Semien

With his career year in Toronto, Semien signed a 7-year, $175 million contract with the Texas Rangers, pairing him alongside fellow new signee Corey Seager. Many considered them to be the best middle infield duo in the league at the beginning of the season. So far, not so good.

Semien’s batting average is down 20 points, at .245, compared to .265 last year. He managed to hit 45 out of the yard, with 102 RBI playing in all 162 games. That earned him All-Star and All-MLB first team honors, as well as a Silver Slugger. This season, he has only 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 91 games played.

The Rangers are currently 7.5 games back in the Wild Card race. It’s a big mountain to climb, but it’s certainly doable. That peak will not be reached without Semien, and if he continues to play like he has been, consider kissing those playoff dreams goodbye. While the whole team needs to play better, it starts with Semien.

3. Ke’Bryan Hayes

 

 

There have been very few things to look forward to as a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, as they have been a bottom team for the past five seasons. One of the very few glimmers of hope has been Hayes.

After being selected 32nd overall in the 2015 draft, Hayes made his major league debut back in 2020, and boy did he make a splash. In 24 games in the shortened season, he batted .376, with five home runs, and 11 RBI. Many saw this kid as being a potential MLB star. Finally, there was hope in Pittsburgh.

Hayes put up a good 2021 season, not as electric as 2020, but still good. This season, he’s been average to say the least, batting .251, with four home runs and 28 RBI in 86 games. The Pirates are by no means competing for the playoffs, but with the recent call up of O’Neill Cruz, there’s been more and more glimmers of hope. It’s important for Hayes to show the team that 2020 was no fluke, and that he and Cruz will be an exciting duo for years to come.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & brown MLB Players (Week 13)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & brown MLB Players (Week 13)

Josiah Gray struck out a career high 11 hitters and snapped the Nationals six-game losing streak to earn the top spot on Week 13 of our #HighFive list.

1. Josiah Gray

Josiah Gray’s start Wednesday night in Philadelphia was one of his best to date as he racked up a career high 11 strikeouts in six innings and only allowed four hits for two earned runs which both came off solo homers by Kyle Schwarber.

It was his third career game with 10 or more strikeouts, which is the second most in Washington Nationals history by a player age 24 or younger.

Gray struggled in his first start of the month, but that day is an outlier compared to numbers he has put up since June.

 

In four starts last month, Gray allowed only three earned runs through 24 innings with 28 strikeouts, eight walks and a 1.13 ERA.

In addition to earning the top spot on the Week 13 #HighFive list, Gray will be featured on episode 13 of mlbbro.com’s High & Outside Podcast this coming Sunday.

His next start will be Tuesday against All-Star hopeful J.P. Crawford and the Seattle Mariners.

2. Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien was awarded the inaugural mlbbro.com Player of The Year award this week for his 2021 season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Semien won a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, was named to his first All-Star team and hit 45 home runs which broke the record for most in a single season by a second baseman.

He got off to a slow start in his first season in Texas, but once we got to June he rediscovered that form.

Semien has batted .300 over the last month with eight home runs, eight stolen bases and 17 runs batted in. Going even further back, since May 18th he leads all second baseman in hits and steals.

This weekend Semien and his Rangers welcome Byron Buxton and the Minnesota Twins to Texas.

3. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge became the first ever New York Yankee to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star Break twice in his career, giving the best player on the best team in the Majors the three spot on our #HighFive list.

Judge’s 30th bomb came via a grand slam against the Pirates in a 16-0 massacre Wednesday. 

He along with teammate Aaron Hicks both hit grand slams that day, making it the first time in MLB history that two different players with the same first name hit a grand slam in a game.

Over his last seven games Judge has a .261 batting average with two home runs, seven RBI and five walks.

4. Josh Bell

Josh Bell continued his campaign to be named the Washington Nationals representative in Los Angeles for the All-Star Game by hitting .300 over his last seven games while trying to carry the Nationals offense on his shoulders.

Ahead of Sunday’s team announcement, Bell has put himself in the top five for average, OPS, hits, triples and slugging percentage for all Major League first baseman.

This weekend Bell and the Nationals travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves.

5. Triston McKenzie

 

“Dr. Sticks” gets the last spot on our #HighFive list after his shutting out Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees through seven innings last Sunday.

McKenzie allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out seven in the Guardians win over the team with the Majors best record. This start came on the heels of a few rough outings to end his month of June, but McKenzie has shown multiple flashes throughout his third full season.

His record now sits at 5-6 with a 3.71 ERA and 80 strikeouts.

McKenzie’s next start will come Saturday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals.