Cedric “CM Storm” Mullins Already Locks Down ‘Catch of the Year’ On Jackie Robinson Day

Cedric “CM Storm” Mullins Already Locks Down ‘Catch of the Year’ On Jackie Robinson Day

It was one of the best catches of the season to date and it wouldn’t be a stretch if some called it the best catch, they had ever seen. 

 

Baltimore Orioles center fielder, Cedric Mullins, displayed his All-Star form with a miraculous diving catch covering 70 yards deep into left-center field, midway through the first inning on Jackie Robinson Day. Mullins wore the No.42 in style and paid the ultimate respect to the legend.

 

Cedric Mullins Make Catch Of The Year

 

Mullins expressed his thoughts on his incredible catch: 

 

“It was an all-out effort, It was one of those balls where you really don’t know until you get there. I knew I had a slight possibility so I’m going right for it.”

 

 

 

He got Minnesota Twins catcher Kyle Farmer out on the play in what would have been at least a double. Mullins was also impactful at the plate. 

 

Mullins, 29, showed why he’s a former Silver Slugger award recipient and a member of the 30-30 club by driving in three runs, along with a homer in the fifth in the Orioles’ 7-4 victory over the Twins, which improved the 2023 AL East champions record to 10-6, good for second in the division, behind the red-hot New York Yankees. Both teams are 6-4 in the last 10 games.

 

 

Mullins’ Catch Honored Jackie Robinson, Shocked The World

 

Orioles pitcher Cole Irvin was in disbelief. Just look at his reaction. 

 

 

“I didn’t think there was a chance he was going to catch it,” Irvin said.

 

That catch helped save Irvin’s night and spoil the Twins’ momentum early as there was a runner on third. 

 

This is a great sign for the Orioles, as Mullins struggled to find his 2022 consistency last season. He battled a groin injury, hitting just .233 and 15 homer runs in 116 games– his lowest in a full season.

 

However, this year is a redemption season for Mullins who has three Bro Bombs, 11 runs, 10 RBIs, and 12 hits in 46 bat appearances for a batting average of .265.

 

“Cedric is a really, really important part of our team,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “He’s played great centerfield defense and I love the way he’s swinging the bat the last week. It was a huge spark offensively also.”

 

That’s the effort that will continue to help the Orioles win games and the kind you want to see from your starting center fielder who showed out on Jackie Robinson day.

Marcus Stroman Is Showing Why He’s A True Jedi On The Mound | He’s Already Conquered The BX

Marcus Stroman Is Showing Why He’s A True Jedi On The Mound | He’s Already Conquered The BX

LOS ANGELES – There is nothing like the spotlight of New York, especially when you’re a showman like Marcus Stroman.

 

The Stro Show is off to a sizzling start in 2024. He’s started three games, including the Yankees home opener, and has a 2.12 ERA. HIs first two starts were simply dominant. He gave up zero earned runs and seven hits on 12 combined innings, with 10 total strikeouts. 

 

 

“He’s been terrific, I mean, he’s right in line with how he’s been really the last couple of months building up, execution’s been excellent. Command, excellent, where he wants to be, the misses he wants, staying off the barrel, big pitches in some spots where he’s had to make one, but really sharp,” manager Aaron Boone had to say on Stroman’s build up from spring training to his first two starts.

 

His third start on April 10th was not as terrific, as he gave up four earned runs in the top of the third inning, after allowing a one out single to score one, and a three-run homerun to cap off the inning. He went five innings that day, and even with that tough third inning, he only gave up one combined hit through the other four innings.

 

“I thought the stuff was good, he had good swing and miss going, but just not as sharp, especially with how sharp he was in the first two,” said Boone after Stroman picked up his first loss of the season. 

 

Marcus Stroman Signed Two-Year Deal For $37 Million 

 

Stroman signed a two-year contract worth $37 million in the offseason with the Yankees. He earned his payday with the Yanks after having arguably his best season in 2023 with the Cubs, which included his second career All-Star appearance, a 3.58 ERA, and the best day on the mound he’s ever had: a one-hit shutout against the Rays on May 29th, which included one walk and eight strikeouts.

 

The Yankees are currently 12-4, which is the best record in all of baseball. They’re doing this without Gerrit Cole, who’s expected to be out until late May to early June with a right elbow injury. With their star pitcher out at least the first third of the season, someone needed to step up and fill that hole. So far, Stroman has been that guy.

 

He has the second most strikeouts out of anyone on the team with 17, and is tied with the lowest WHIP of the starting rotation at 1.06.

 

Even with the Yankees being 12-4 and Stroman being their best pitcher, the team is 1-2 when he’s been on the bump. The Yankees offense has only scored one run in the 17 innings that Stroman has pitched.

 

The season is still very young, so the Yankees offense is bound to pick up when Stroman gets the nod. Yankees fans and management shouldn’t have to worry about their pitcher too much when he’s on the mound, as he’s set a standard for himself these past few seasons where excellence is expected.

 

Is Masyn Winn the Cardinals’ Shortstop of the Future?

Is Masyn Winn the Cardinals’ Shortstop of the Future?

In case you’ve missed it this week, St. Louis Cardinals “shortstop of the future” is starting to get comfortable at the plate. Masyn Winn, living up to his middle name, is off to a “blazing” start to the ‘24 season.

During a tight contest on Friday night, vs. the 2023 NL Champion, Arizona Diamondbacks, Winn calmly drove a four-seam fastball down the right field line for a stand up, RBI Triple. This timely, three-base hit extended the Cards lead to 8-6 in the eighth inning. The Cardinals would go on to The Cardinals went on to win the contest 9-6. On Saturday he went 2-4 with an RBI bringing his average up to .349.

 

Winn has collected 13 hits in 39 At-Bats. His .333 batting average and two triples, lead the team just fourteen games into the season.

 

Last season, the Cardinals called up their highly touted top prospect in mid-August. Winn had several moments last summer where he shined, showing a little pop in the box and exceptional fielding, but it was an overall struggle for him to hit consistently, as he batted .172, with just 21 hits, in 137 plate appearances over 37 games. 

 

The triple in Friday nights’ game was impressive to behold, as you can see the growth in his game. Winn went with the pitch executed to the upper, outside corner, instead of trying to pull it, which shows Winn has been working on his approach at the plate. 

 

Another example of this was Masyn’s RBI hit this past Monday against the Phillies, to tie the game in the ninth as proof of his adjustment this season at the plate. If you’re still not convinced, how about you get it from the source himself as he told MLB.com:

 

“Last year, I probably would have tried to hit a bomb to win it,” Winn said candidly following a night in which he was the only Cardinal with two hits. “We’ve got some other guys in the lineup for [home runs], so for me, I was just trying to put it in play and hope that something good would happen.”

 

Cardinals manager, Oliver Marmol also heaped praise on his young shortstop’s development. 

 

“He’s doing a really nice job of really slowing the game down and not trying to do too much,” Marmol said. “He’s using the whole field and he’s understanding what type of hitter he needs to be. He takes that at-bat there [in the ninth] and it was good for him to come through because that’s something he can build on.”

 

I know what you’re thinking, “it’s only 14 games, pump your brakes”, and I get it!  It’s early, MLB pitchers will make adjustments, yada yada. However, the idea of this kid’s bat catching up to his sensational glove work, is just very exciting for baseball this season. 

Tony Kemp Is An All-Time MLBbro Character Guy | Just Ask Baltimore Orioles Star Prospect Jackson Holiday

Tony Kemp Is An All-Time MLBbro Character Guy | Just Ask Baltimore Orioles Star Prospect Jackson Holiday

On Wednesday the Baltimore Orioles called up their top prospect, Jackson Holliday. While exciting, the move had another effect. MLBbro Tony Kemp, an eight-year MLB veteran signed with the Baltimore Orioles a couple weeks before the season hoping to provide some experience on a young and upcoming team.

Kemp is not an All-Star caliber player, but he is a savvy left-handed hitting second baseman, also capable of handling all outfield positions. This move made perfect sense to add depth and versatility to the Orioles lineup at the time, but things have since gone in a different direction. The MLBbro started only two games, and only saw action in five out of 11 total games.

 

 

The MLBbro was designated for assignment by the Orioles to make space for the rookie phenom. Kemp is more than familiar with Jackson from his college days at Vanderbilt the young prospect’s uncle Josh Holiday (the brother of former major league baseball player Matt Holliday (Jackson’s father), was his hitting coach.

Tony Kemp Is The Consummate Pro: Moves Out So Jackson Holiday Can Move In

The MLBbro could have easily expressed disdain or ill will towards Holliday, but he opted for grace and support. A tweet from Kemp showed that he displayed nothing but class even though this will ultimately leave him without a job presently.

Kemp was with the Oakland Athletics for four years prior to this brief stint with Baltimore, and there are sure to be suitors for his veteran presence around the league. It may not happen immediately, but the MLB season is long, and opportunities are certain to arise.

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Kemp has always been outstanding off the field and great in the local communities in cities which he has played. This is just the other side of the business that is sports. While this was the first major step in the career of Jackson Holliday, it is just a small detour in the career of the veteran MLBbro. Hopefully he lands with another team that can use a utility left-handed hitter and a great clubhouse influence.

 

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The MLBbro was with the Oakland Athletics for four years prior to this brief stint with Baltimore, and there are sure to be suitors for his veteran presence around the league. It may not happen immediately, but the MLB season is long, and opportunities are certain to arise. Kemp has always been outstanding off the field and great in the local communities in cities which he has played.

 

This is just the other side of the business that is sports. While this was the first major step in the career of Jackson Holliday, it is just a small detour in the career of the veteran MLBbro. Hopefully he lands with another team that can use a utility left-handed hitter and the move ultimately benefits both parties.

 

 

“Nah I’m No Prodigy” | Cincinnati Reds Prospect Cam Collier Is All About Hardwork

“Nah I’m No Prodigy” | Cincinnati Reds Prospect Cam Collier Is All About Hardwork

When the Cincinnati Reds drafted infielder Cam Collier with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft he was only 17-years-old. Not only did the Reds brass draft him they also gave him a $5 million signing bonus which is well above the $3.6 million slot value for the 18th pick. It’s safe to say that Collier’s pedigree preceded him and that definitely played a role in him receiving such a big bonus.

 

 

The son of former MLB player Lou Collier who played eight seasons with five different franchises has been raised around the game. That along with Collier’s unique skill set was enough for the Reds brass to take the risk of drafting him at 17. Thus far that investment is paying off with Collier batting a respectable (.317) with seven home runs and 73 RBI across stints with Single-A Daytona of the Florida State League, and the High-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League.

 

Collier Ready To Continue Climb In 2024

 

Since the pre-draft process in 2022, Collier has shown a propensity to really have it together when it comes to speaking to the media. The well-spoken now 19-year-old has shown time and time again that he’s definitely a straight shooter. During a recent interview at Daytona Air Ballpark, the talented third baseman answered questions about his talent and of course what he’s hoping to accomplish this season and beyond.

 

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The reporter asked Collier if he considered himself to be a prodigy?

 

Here’s how Collier answered the question.

 

“Prodigy? Nah, I’m no prodigy. I’ve just worked really hard to get here and I’m reaping the benefits of that hard work.”

 

That strong work ethic definitely comes from his dad, the aforementioned Lou Collier who even in retirement has stayed close to the game as a big-league scout, a coach for the U.S. national team and a dedicated coach with various MLB Develops programs. He also started the Lou Collier Association — whose goal is to help and instruct the youth in their baseball journey. That in itself is something Cam has been afforded, and some of the reason why he was such a highly regarded prospect at 17.

 

 

Collier Reclassified Himself To 2022 Draft

 

In an effort to challenge himself as he and his dad have done all his life with him always playing up two years over his age, Collier only spent two years in high school. At the age of 16 he earned his GED and enrolled at Chipola College in Florida. After one season he reclassified and entered the 2022 draft. In the interview Collier mentioned his reasoning for going to college at 16 and then reclassifying to enter the draft a year earlier than expected.

 

“I just wanted to challenge myself and face older guys. I felt it would get me more prepared for professional baseball instead of continuing to play in high school for two more years.”

 

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The move seems to have been the right one for the 6–foot-2 and 215 third baseman who at his size has flashed a great glove on the hot corner, and a steadily improving bat at the plate. With his expected call up not until 2026, Collier will continue to work on refining his craft, and with a Double-A call up a possibility this season, Cam will continue to strive for greatness.

Josh & Bo Naylor Are Playing Their First Full MLB Season Together | MLBbros For Real

Josh & Bo Naylor Are Playing Their First Full MLB Season Together | MLBbros For Real

The MLB has seen a lot of siblings play together throughout the years. It’s always a great experience to play alongside your brother.

In Ohio, two brothers have suited up together for another season. 

 

Naylor brothers back at it again 

 

MLBbros Josh and Bo Naylor are a part of the Cleveland Guardians and the brothers want to help Cleveland get back to the World Series for the first time since 2016.

 

In the last three seasons, there have been siblings who have played for the same team. Other than the Naylors, there was Andrew and Austine Romine: Cubs (2021) and Taylor and Tyler Rogers: Giants (2023). 

 

Cleveland is at the top of the American League Central standings so far and the Naylors can help their team continue to be one of the best in the division as the season progresses.

 

MLBbros For Real | Bo Naylor Makes MLB Debut, Joins Brother Josh On Cleveland Guardians

 

The Naylor brothers made news across the league during the 2022 season when Bo made his MLB debut in October, joining his brother Josh.

 

Last season, they became the first siblings in Cleveland history to hit a home run in the same game.

 

 

“It’s super special,” Bo said in an mlb.com article. “I think it was something we talked about, joked about in the past. Seeing it come to pass is pretty wild to think about.”

 

“When I hit mine, me and him shared a great moment,” he said. “You just see how excited he was for me. And when he hit his, I was up on the top step waiting for him. It’s a cool moment to share with him.”

 

Josh setting the tone early at the plate

 

Josh had a productive 2023 season where he finished hitting .308 with 17 home runs and 97 RBI and could have been named an All-Star. He has wasted no time picking up where he left off.

 

 

He started the 2024 season on a five-game hitting streak and through nine games, he’s hitting .303 with five RBI and one home run.

 

If Josh can continue to be consistent at the plate and drive in runs for his team, he has to be mentioned in the All-Star Game conversation this season. 

 

He has a lot of pop in his bat and can change the momentum of the game with one swing. If he can remain healthy throughout the season, he will make a significant impact for the Guardians. 

 

Bo looking to find his role on the team

 

Through seven games this season, Bo is hitting .167 with a homer and two RBI. Last season, he saw some significant playing time and is looking to repeat that this year.

 

Bo Naylor Joins Brother Josh In Bigs As Dr. Sticks Heads To IL Again

 

During those seven games, Bo has struck out in each game, but that doesn’t take away how good of a hitter he is. Once he gets settled in at the plate and becomes more comfortable, you will start to see his production improve. 

 

If there’s one thing the Naylor’s can do, it is hit the baseball. Hopefully we will get to see these brothers stay on the team throughout the remainder of the season.