#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.

Marcus Semien Owned Labor Day Weekend | MLBbro Chasing Second Base Homer Record


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.

Marcus Semien Owned Labor Day Weekend | MLBbro Chasing Second Base Homer Record

Marcus Semien Owned Labor Day Weekend | MLBbro Chasing Second Base Homer Record

Labor Day Weekend belonged to Marcus Semien as his four total homers now have him at 37 which is just shy of the record for most in a season by a second baseman in Major League history.

 

 

Marcus Semien was the starter for the American League All-Star team at second base earlier this summer, but this most recent stretch of play may be the best showing in what has been a career year. 

Over his last seven games he’s slugging a sick 1.000 with 6 homers and 11 RBI. 

Semien has not been stat padding with his numbers either: entering Tuesday, his Blue Jays had won eight of their last 10 games, which included a sweep of the Wild Card hopeful  Oakland Athletics. Then they double flexed and grounded the surging Yankees on the back of Semien’s five RBI on Labor Day. 

 

 

Friday night’s game against the Athletics was one of the wildest games played this season.  The Jays trailed 8-2 before a six run eighth inning tied the game.  The A’s would respond with two runs in the ninth, but then in the bottom half Semien called game by hitting a three-run home run to the second deck.  

 

Fellow MLBbro and Oakland A Tony Kemp stayed on the field long after Semien’s walk-off heroics to watch his on field press conference. Then came Monday afternoon when the Blue Jays went into the Bronx and shut out the Yankees 8-0.  Semien got the Day Party started with a solo homer.  

What a year Semien is having. After the A’s treated him like damaged goods, he rebounds with one of the greatest statistical seasons by a second baseman in MLB history. How’s that for sticking it to your ex?

 

 

He decided then to end the game with an exclamation point.  After walks loaded the bases Semien hit his first grand slam of the season.

 

Semien now has 38 home runs which is the most ever for an MLBbro second baseman and the 13th most in a season for any second baseman in Major League history.  The record is 43 set by Davey Johnson in 1973.

Semien is evoking memories of the great Joe Morgan. He’s also having a career year on the defensive side of the ball.  He made the switch this season from shortstop to second base for the first time in his nine year career and currently has his highest Defensive WAR at 1.6.

 Semien now has a .270 average, 88 RBI, 14 steals and .875 slugging percentage and a Big Bag coming his way this off-season.

Taijuan Walker vs. Josiah Gray | Melanated Mound Marauders Bounced Quickly In Nation’s Capital

Taijuan Walker vs. Josiah Gray | Melanated Mound Marauders Bounced Quickly In Nation’s Capital

Rough first innings for Taijuan Walker and Josiah Gray made it a not so great Sunday Funday in the matchup between melanated mound marauders.

The game between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals brought us the first career matchup between 2021 All-Star Taijuan Walker and former Dodgers top prospect Josiah Gray.

 

Gray took the mound first for the home team Nationals, and sadly it became clear before the first out was even recorded that we would not be witnessing a pitchers duel.

 

 

He allowed the first three Mets to reach base before giving up a two-run single. The score was 4-0 in favor of New York before Gray would even record the first out.

Gray would also give up home runs in both the second and third innings as he only lasted three innings allowing seven hits, six earned runs and striking out two on 87 pitches.

 

“They came out attacking early, and then coupled with my command not being there, not being great tonight, that was the result tonight,” said Gray who struggled for his second start in a row.


Gray is going to have to take his lumps and get acclimated to the Bigs during the final month of his 2021 season.  

He had six consecutive starts pitching at least five innings before that streak was snapped in last Monday’s start against the Phillies. The young hurler only lasted four innings and gave up seven runs — six of which were earned— and struck out four.

After going through a few post All-Star Game struggles, “Fly High” Taijuan Walker seemed to be rounding his way back into form after a successful August. However,  his first start of September showed otherwise.

 


He gave up a leadoff home run on a 3-1 pitch.  Then, later on that inning Walker would give up a two-run home run to #HighFive member Josh Bell which cut the lead to 4-3.

Bell would finish the game 1-for-2 at the plate drawing two walks and collecting two RBI.  Over his last seven games the switch hitting first baseman has a .308 average, a .419 on base percentage, three RBI and five walks.

 

 

Walker would settle down as he held the Nats off the scoreboard through four innings but would give up three runs in the fifth inning, including four singles, a wild pitch, and a walk to Josh Bell.

Walker lasted 4.1 innings, giving up the two home runs, striking out six batters and giving up six hits and six runs.

The Mets would end up winning the game 13-6 and took three out of four games against the Nationals.

This recent burst has elevated the Mets to just 3.5 games back of the second National League wild card spot, but time is running out. 

Both Walker and Gray will look to bounce back during their starts next weekend.

Gray will lead his Nationals into Pittsburgh for a game against the Pirates while Walker will get another taste of the Subway Series as his Mets take on the Yankees.

Exclusive Interview | Taylor Hearn’s Season Has Been One To Grown On

Exclusive Interview | Taylor Hearn’s Season Has Been One To Grown On

Malik Wright made a trip to Globe Life Field in Arlington to interview Swiss-Army knife pitcher Taylor Hearn. The third-year hurler has shown great versatility and maturity with his approach to pitching.

This is the first year that Hearn has pitched more than 17.1 innings.  In 77.1 innings of work he has 77 K’s and a respectable ERA of 3.96. Sky is the limit for this MLBbro.

 

#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.

 

Home Boi Highlights | Aaron Judge

 

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.

Derek Hill Is A Multi-Talented Spark Plug For The Detroit Tigers | The MLBbro Was Mashing This Week

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.