DJ Stewart Has Everything You Want In A Baseball Player

DJ Stewart Has Everything You Want In A Baseball Player

Corner outfielder DJ Stewart is chomping at the bit for the Baltimore Orioles to open the gates of opportunity. And due to unforeseen circumstances, it seems the time is now.

News broke over the weekend that the Baltimore Orioles had to place two players on the Covid-19 injured list, of which one is an outfielder. 

With no timetable for a return, Stewart is an MLBbro who should get the ultimate green light.

 

After a few bright spots earlier in the season, the lone bird was relegated to the bench as others usurped him like the newly found All-Star Cedric Mullins, whose career continues to ascend.


In 191 plate appearances, Stewart, who struck out 66 times, is hitting .205 with an on-base percentage of .311.

 

He’s accounted for 27 walks, 24 RBI, seven home runs, and six doubles,showing that the potential is there.


The glovework wasn’t helping his case for more playing time either.

His difficulties on the defense took center stage when he misjudged a ball in the leftfield vs. the New York Yankees, leading to a concussion.

Peace does not come without conflict.

After finishing his collegiate career with the Florida State Seminoles, the 27-year-old slashed .344/.481/.570 with an OPS of 1.051 and 27 long balls. A dominant college career led to Stewart getting selected 25th in the 2015 MLB Draft. 

 

Like most draftees, Stewart stayed committed to his craft as he spent three years in the Minor Leagues.

Stewart struggled to adjust to pro pitching and had down years in 2015 and 2016, before he eventually taking his game to the next level by slashing  .279/.389/.448 during Single-A ball.

He continued his climb during the 2017 season as he raked .278/.378/.481 in 457 digs in the dirt. He continued to display serious power potential and set a career-high for the Bowie Baysox with 21 home runs.

 

Numbers such as those had fans and the team executives clamoring for the organization to call up the new bird.

So, in 2018, as the entire league expanded their rosters during the waning months of the season, DJ did what most baseball fans dream of by making his debut in the show.


2019 brought a plethora of injuries for the young sensation, and 2020 was the pandemic – shortened season in which Stewart spent most of the year balancing acts with the Orioles while also receiving rehab stints before eventually going on a tear.

When he gets rolling, their are few players who can match Stewart’s power surge.

During the early parts of September, he hit six homers in as many games.

Those kinds of numbers re-shined the spotlight on Stewart as the Orioles outfielder flashed potential by displaying power & grace at the plate. 

For the black & orange, Stewart was repackaged ahead of the 2021 season like a newfound toy as his hot streak started against the globally known Yankees franchise, as mentioned earlier.

Unless the team calls up more competition, Stewart will have less to worry about as, like anything worth fighting for, consistency is the key to success. 

Let the power slugger that runs like a gazelle continue to get more opportunities against big-league pitching to where he can hone his craft and come into his own as the spark is prevalent; he just needs something or someone to help light his fuse.

 

Lamont Wade Jr. Is On Hammer Time For First Place Giants

Lamont Wade Jr. Is On Hammer Time For First Place Giants

LaMonte Wade Jr. showed out at the plate this past week as he homered in back-to-back games, recorded his first career multi-home run game on Sunday and had a go-ahead game-winning hit against the defending-champion Los Angeles Dodgers in Wednesday’s game.

Wade Jr. has been a spark plug for the San Francisco Giants, best team in the National League, and will be a key piece in determining one of the toughest division races in baseball. 


After this week, You can bet Minnesota Twins’ fans are having nightmares about the day they dealt Wade Jr. to the Giants.

Over just Saturday and Sunday alone, he bested his home run total of two in 42 games combined during his two seasons in the Twin Cities.

On Saturday, Wade Jr.’s  sixth-inning home run was one of lone bright spots in the Giants 10-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Then Sunday, Wade crushed the fifth pitch of the game thrown by JT Brubaker’s for his second career leadoff home run.

Not sure if the word “crushed” does that swing enough justice, because the ball landed at one of the deepest parts of Oracle Park.  

Wade Jr. would catch Brubaker slipping again in the third inning for home run, number 12 of his season; this one barely missed splashing inside McCovey Cove.

He finished the game going 3-for-5 with those two bombs, a double, two runs and two RBI.


Our esteemed colleague Kevin Moore told you back in June that Wade wasn’t going back to the minors. 

LaMonte Wade Jr. Is The Real Deal & He’s Here To Stay

The month of July started slow for Wade Jr., but he has been picking things up lately.

Over his last seven games, he has his batting average at .375, an insane 1.083 slugging percentage, four home runs, seven RBI, six runs, three walks and a stolen base.

Wade Jr. has fit nicely with a Giants’ roster that is resilient, scrappy and accustomed to playing winning baseball.

 

 

Late into Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers, Wade Jr. capped a four-run rally in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run RBI single to right field.

That clinched a series win for the Giants,  who took three out of four games from a divisional rival who is going to be on their tales throughout the remainder of the season.


Wade Jr. still has a long way to go but his .936 OPS shows he is hitting the ball hard while still being selective with his swings enough to reach base.

His Giants will have an off day on Monday before they get ready for what will be one of the toughest stretches of their season: defending home field against the Dodgers and then welcoming the first-place Astros to San Francisco for a weekend set.

Marcus Semien Is Making Sure He Won’t Ever Be Undervalued Again

Marcus Semien Is Making Sure He Won’t Ever Be Undervalued Again

Marcus Semien came into the 2021 season with one goal. 

After a disappointing 2020 ended with the Oakland A’s declining to tender Semien a new contract, the nine-year MLB vet signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays looking to prove that his 2019 top-3 MVP finish was no fluke.

So far, Semien has met and exceeded expectations for the Blue Jays. He shook off an early slump and started raking from the lead off spot, earning the opportunity to represent Toronto in this year’s All-Star game.

 

 

The quick adjustment combined with his return to 2019 form at the plate, all while learning a new position, has provided the steady hand a young Blue Jays team needs if it wants to compete in a loaded NL East.

It’s particularly impressive when you consider Marcus has been able to accomplish all of this despite the Blue Jays being banned from their home ballpark.

Baseball players are big on their routines. Those who have been around the game for years would even go as far as to categorize it as ritualistic. From pregame meals to the route they take to the ballpark, for many athletes this set routine plays a part in their everyday success.

 

Home Boi Highlights | Marcus Semien

 

Unfortunately for Semien and the Blue Jays, the Canadian Government enacted a strict travel ban that forced the team to find a temporary home. In one of the most ridiculous solutions in recent memory, the Blue Jays have split time between two minor league ballparks in completely different states. 

The Blue Jays began the season at their spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida before transitioning to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY. Neither of these ballparks is fit to host Major League Baseball, and the players have noticed the difference between their “home” ballpark and the road.

“I’ve enjoyed being on the road this year, just because we’re playing in big league stadiums,” Semien told Toronto media. “It’s a little different here … I do enjoy living here off the field but I think a lot of us wish we were in a big league ballpark. So yes, when you go on the road you may get boo’d or no one cheers for you, but that’s how it is here in Dunedin too.”

 

 

The fan experience in Buffalo was much better than in Dunedin, but you still had the same issue; a Major League ball club in a minor league park. 

Fortunately for Semien and the Blue Jays, the Canadian Government has finally allowed them to return home to the fan (and hitter) friendly Rogers Centre beginning July 30th. The question now is how much will Semien benefit from the change? 

After what has already been a phenomenal season, a strong finish to the 2021 campaign will finally land him the long-term contract he’s proven he deserves. 

J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

J.P. Crawford has evolved into a high-level player throughout the past few seasons.

When he first entered the league in 2017, it was just a matter of time until he would blow up.

When you talk about some of the top players in the league, it’s hard not to mention Crawford. 

The talented shortstop already has a Gold Glove Award under his belt and this season he had his eyes set on an All-Star selection.

 

J.P. Crawford’s Bat Is Catching Up To His Gold Glove

 

As the 2021 season progressed, Crawford was making a case for the All-Star ballot. 

This brother could not miss the ball at the plate during the month of June. He went on a six-game hitting streak earlier in the month and then not too long after went on a 12-game hitting streak.

Yes, this was all in the same month. He finished June with a .352 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI.

 

Home Boi Highlights | J.P. Crawford

 

With those numbers you think he would be a shoe in to make the All-Star team. But unfortunately Crawford did not. The abundance of shortstop talent made him the odd man out.

Not being selected to the All-Star Game had Crawford feeling some type of way. “I was hurt. I still am,” Crawford told mlb.com when he was not selected. “I thought I had a shot to definitely be there. It’s a shame. I really wanted to represent Seattle…”

Though Crawford wasn’t selected to play in the All-Star Game, he knows that there is a lot more at stake this season.

Crawford has emerged as a leader in his third season with the Seattle Mariners. He is becoming a well-rounded, highly-confident player.

“I know I can compete with the best of them now, so I’ve just got to stay healthy,” Crawford said. 

“My first game here in ‘19, I was just trying to stay quiet, show these guys what I could do and stay out of the way,” Crawford said. “And now I feel like this is my team. And I feel that energy. Guys come up to me. I want them to come up to me. And I want to be that guy because I’ve always been that leader-type role, and I’m ready for it. This is my team. I want to lead us to the promised land.”

 

Our MLBbro is ready to help lead his team to the playoffs and he’s determined to build on the success he had during the 2020 season.

 

Through 96 games, Crawford has a .270 batting average with five home runs and 31 RBI. 

Though he didn’t make the All-Star team, Crawford is going to continue to show why he’s one of the top players in the league and he’ll be a Bro you definitely need to know during the second half of the season.

 

#HIGHFIVE: Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 15)

#HIGHFIVE: Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 15)

Even though the Bros put on a post-All-Star week hitting clinic, the Met’s durag-rockin’ Black Knight from Long Island AKA Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman takes the top spot in Week 15 of our #HighFive list.

1. Marcus Stroman

 

Marcus Stroman had two very interesting starts this week, but we will start with the one that may be the best of his career:

 

 

Wednesday he was both a hit and a walk away from perfection against the Cincinnati Reds.  In eight innings he struck out seven batters while only allowing one hit and one walk.  What might have been most impressive is he accomplished this in just 90 pitches, on a day the Met’s bullpen needed off in the worst way. 

 

 

Out of the 26 hitters Stroman faced, he threw a first-pitch strike to 21 of them.  He became the first Mets pitcher with an eight-inning shutout allowing just one hit or fewer since Jacob DeGrom in 2016. 

 

 

His Black Knight partner Taijuan Walker and former Cy Young rotation mate, Jacob DeGrom, got the accolade of being named 2021 All-Stars this season, but Stroman has been the one holding it down with consistency in the rotation. 

He is one of 13 pitchers to make 20 starts this season and carries a 2.58 ERA.

Now, to Stroman and the Pittsburgh Pirates executing a classic WWE impression:

 

 

After getting Pirates John Nogowski to line out in the fifth inning of Friday night’s game, Stroman pounded his glove and tried to fire up his dugout.  Nogowski took exception to that, and after, words were exchanged and the benches cleared. No punches were thrown, but it might not be a good idea to have those two in the same room for a while.  

In that game, he finished five innings allowing just two runs and striking out three.

2. Mookie Betts

 

Lately, Mookie Betts has gotten back to being one of the best hitters in all of baseball and before a hip injury caused him to miss a few days this week, he was on an absolute tear. 

In his past five games before only appearing only as a pinch-hitter Monday night, Betts was 12-for-16 at the plate for a .750 batting average.  Over that stretch, he had three home runs, four doubles, eight RBI and 12 runs.  That earned him a spot on Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights.

 

Home Boi Highlights | Mookie Betts

 

Betts has been out of the lineup during the Dodgers’ series against the first-place Giants and manager Dave Roberts has not ruled out him requiring time on the Injured List.

 

 

3. Tim Anderson

Ever since Tim Anderson saw his name left off of the original All-Star Game Roster, he became a different animal at the plate, showing why he has a batting championship in his trophy case. 

Despite having his 16-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, he is batting .323 with three home runs, four RBI, eight runs and two steals.  That leaves him currently sitting in 10th place for the league’s batting title. 

 

Tim Anderson Is Scorched Earth As Hit Streak Balloons To 16

 

This weekend Anderson leads his White Sox into the city of current title town Milwaukee to face the Brewers in what will be one of the best series this season in baseball. 

 

 

4. Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo

 

Baddoo Mania is back, as he has been putting the throttle down on his campaign to win American League Rookie of the Year.  Over his last seven games, Baddoo has three home runs, including two during the team’s four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers.

 

 

The energy Baddoo can bring to the leadoff spot has carried throughout the entire Tigers lineup, as they have become one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Majors. 

They are the only team to not suffer a loss since returning from the All-Star break as they swept the Twins over the weekend in the Motor City. 

 

Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo Has Leaped Over Rookie Wall & Is Back To Bashing

 

5. Josh Bell

 

Josh has answered the Bell at the plate lately as he lands the final spot on this week’s #HighFive list.  Since June 1st he is one of three National League first baseman to have at least seven home runs and a batting average over .300. The other two being All-Star Starter Freddie Freeman and the Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt. 

Bell had a seven-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4 Wednesday but homered in back-to-back games to begin the week. 

 

Over his last 15 games, Bell is hitting .286 with 16 hits, eight runs batted in and seven runs. 

 

The Nationals are trying to tread water while trying to get their team back to full strength, but with Bell along with Josh Harrison and former World Series MVP Juan Soto holding down the lineup (and them only being six games back of the Mets for first place in the NL East) they may be in store for a run.

 

Josh Harrison Is Aging Like Fine Wine | 34 Is Looking Good For This MLBbro

Josh Harrison Is Aging Like Fine Wine | 34 Is Looking Good For This MLBbro

Josh Harrison turned 34 earlier during the month of July. And it’s safe to say that he can still play ball with the best of them.

This month, Harrison has been hot at the plate and has been one of the top hitters for the Washington Nationals.

 

The veteran has not lost his touch and it’s evident by the way he’s been swinging the bat. 

Since returning from the All-Star break, Harrison has been on a five-game hitting streak.

During that time he has collected nine hits with three RBI.

He also had back-to-back games with three hits against the San Diego Padres. Throughout his career, Harrison showed that he is a quality hitter.

 

Through 993 games, he has a career batting average of .274 and a slugging percentage of .402.

This season he is batting .282 through 82 games. Before the All-Star break, Harrison was seeing the ball well at the plate.

 

Big Stick Energy | Josh Bell & Josh Harrison Leave The Yankees’ Heads Ringing


He was hitting .271 before the break and had another hit streak earlier in July. Harrison had a four-game hitting streak from July 6th to July 9th.

So far July has been a good month for Harrison, especially at the plate.

While Harrison has been having success at the plate, he’s also been having a little fun with the fans.

In a series against the San Diego Padres, Harrison had some interaction with some fans.

“It’s good banter,” Harrison said on the MASN postgame show July 7th. “Nothing, you know, that’s too harsh. Good talk. They’re cheering for their team, but I’m talking trash back. I don’t really get to get out there too often, so when they talk trash, [the way] my family grew up, if you can dish it, you’ve got to be able to take it. I’m just giving them a little taste of their own medicine, and I think I got them a little bit.”

For Harrison, he enjoys the interaction and it’s all part of the game to him. 

“Given how last season was, no fans, being back out there, it just feels good to have them out there, whether they’re rooting for you or not,” he said. 

“They’ve been good sports, trying to get me out of my game, thinking they’re getting in my head. It’s always a lot easier to have the last laugh with the win.”

The fan interaction is a plus for Harrison and he’s been doing his thing at the plate too.

Having fans in attendance makes the game that much better and the atmosphere is one to remember.

Harrison is in his second season with the Nationals and he’s become a fan favorite, especially during the past few months this season.

He is a player you want on your team because he brings experience and is a leader in the dugout. 

This is why the Nationals went after Harrison, his ability to hit the ball adds value to their lineup and he can play the infield or outfield.

Harrison is a player you want to keep an eye out for especially this second half of the season. He can help the Nationals in a big way.