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

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

With the All-Star break here, we have officially hit the halfway point of the season; meaning that the playoff race is getting ready to commence. 

Here are four MLBbros who need to step up and improve their play in the second half of the season (post-All-Star Game), in order to help their respective teams reach the promised land.

 

1. Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts and his Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of one of the toughest division races in the history of baseball.  The National League West is home to the three best records in the National League and whichever two teams do not win the pennant will have to face off in a one-game playoff ( where anything can happen).

 

 

Betts played well enough to be voted on as an All-Star this season, but we have not seen the usual MVP-type numbers for him.  His average sits at .249 with 37 RBI and 12 home runs.  Despite that, he is still doing a good job with getting on base as he is fourth for all Right Fielders in walks and has a .819 OPS.

After hitting a grand slam in the Dodgers 22-run performance Saturday night and then following that with a home run Sunday, Betts may be a step ahead of us as he is already heating up right before our eyes.

 

 

Betts was slated to be the only MLBbro on the National League All-Star team, but he will be skipping out on the game in order to have his body ready for the stretch run.

 

 

2. Josh Bell

Whenever we get back to playing baseball next weekend, Josh Bell and the Washington Nationals are going to immediately be in must-win mode in order to determine whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. 

 

 

Bell has been better during the month of July.  He is hitting .314 with three doubles and five RBI, which have all come within his last seven games.  Since May 13, he has hit nine home runs and driven in 32 runs.

The Nationals have been dealing with injuries throughout this entire season, mostly coming in their pitching staff but recently those problems have spread to the lineup so Bell will need to be a constant force as they trail the Mets in the standings by five and a half games.

 

 

3. Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. has always been without question one of the best defensive outfielders in the game but his hitting has been lacking this season, and he will need to turn it around quickly to secure a spot in the Brewers’ lineup.  

 

 

Bradley only has two hits in his last 25 at-bats and is only batting .167 for the season with a .252 on base percentage.  That will not get it done in the playoffs!  Especially for a Brewers team that has one of the best starting rotations in baseball yet sits 29th in total batting average as a team.  

The Brewers have a trio of MLBbro outfielders including Lorenzo Cain who recently began a rehab assignment and Tyrone Taylor who recently snapped his streak of 20 games without a home run.  One of those three is likely to be the odd man out whenever Cain returns to their squad.

 

 

4. Amir Garrett

Amir Garrett began the season as the Reds projected closer but he did not start the way he wanted to, like many members of their bullpen, whose 5.21 ERA is the third highest in all of baseball. 

 

 

Garrett blew a few saves and even blew a gasket in a game against the Cubs that led him to be suspended, but over the last three weeks, he has righted the ship and been one of the better relievers in the Majors. 

He has not given up a run since June 17, and has struck out 12 batters and walked only four during that span.

The Reds have the best chance to catch the Brewers for the National League Central crown, but if they cannot close out games and hold leads there is no way they will hoist the World Series trophy this Fall.

Introducing The All-MLBbro Futures Game Squad

Introducing The All-MLBbro Futures Game Squad

Brennen Davis, Xavier Edwards and some of the best young MLBbros in baseball will take the field for The 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Coors Field in Denver — on the same day that the first round of the MLB Draft will be held in the same city.

 

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Every year, the Futures Game is a showcase of the brightest young stars in baseball, the guys we really expect to carry the league going forward.

Our MLBbro and 2017 World Series MVP George Springer is one of the many notable alumni of this game.

Being selected to the game is truly considered an honor for young ballplayers, and gives our six young MLBbros (one won’t play due to injury) an opportunity to show the world the latest generation of Black ballplayers. 

MLBbros Kyle Lewis, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Jo Addell, Touki Toussaint, Hunter Greene and Future Games MVP Taylor Trammell all played in the same Future Games in 2018, so the game definitely features the future stars of MLB.

31 of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects are on Futures Game rosters

In honor of this year’s Futures Game, I comprised an All-Star team of my own.

I’d put this All-MLBbros Futures Team up against any prospect list you can find.

Anchored by fireballer Hunter Greene and the aforementioned Davis & Edwards, these young MLBbros will be making headlines soon.

 

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( * denotes players who are expected to play in the game.)

Pitchers

Josiah Gray*- RHP- Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 8 RHP prospect in MLB)

Hunter Greene – RHP – Cincinnati Reds (No. 10 RHP prospect in MLB)

Andre Jackson* – RHP – Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 27 prospect in Dodgers organization)

Catcher

Bo Naylor – Cleveland Indians (No.3 prospect in Cleveland organization) 

First Base

This was the toughest position to find an MLBBro to fill. Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell is the most notable Black first basemen of late, but as I searched through each team’s roster list there were no current first base prospects to be found. 

I mentioned the need for defensive versatility before, and it seems like most black prospects are being placed where their athletic ability can be best used; shortstop or the outfield.

But with names like Frank Thomas, Willie McCovey, Eddie Murray, Dick Allen, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard … I mean I could really do this for a while…There are countless Black power hitters who’ve manned first base in the Bigs, so there’s surely another in the pipeline. If I’ve overlooked anyone, let me know in the comments. 

Second Base

Xavier Edwards* – Tampa Bay Rays (No. 3 2B prospect in MLB)

Third Base

Jordan Walker – St. Louis Cardinals (No. 7 3B prospect in MLB)

Shortstop

C.J. Abrams (replaced due to injury)- San Diego Padres (No. 3 SS prospect in MLB)

Outfielders  

Brennen Davis* – Chicago Cubs (No. 2 prospect in Cubs organization)

Michael Harris II* – Atlanta Braves (No. 9 prospect in Braves organization)

Jordyn Adams – Los Angeles Angels (No 3 prospect in Angels organization)

These Future stars will be going hard to prove that they are the elite prospects in the game, with hopes of one day playing on Tuesday night.