“Bro-dictions” For 2024 MLB Season (Part 1) | Look Into The Future

“Bro-dictions” For 2024 MLB Season (Part 1) | Look Into The Future

Diving into ‘24: MLB’s elite bros gear up for a season of record-breaking performances and headline-making plays. 

As the 2024 Major League Baseball season approaches, fans and analysts alike are buzzing with predictions for some of the league’s brightest stars. Of course, most everyone is locking in on bros such as Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Harris II, Cedric Mullins, and Aaron Hicks and how they may fare this season.

Let’s dive into our “bro-dictions” for the 2024-2025 season, based on past performances, current form, and potential trajectory. 

Mookie Betts has consistently proven himself to be one of the elite players in MLB. In 2024, expect Betts to maintain his high batting average, hovering around .300. His blend of force and speed should see him rack up 25-30 home runs with approximately 20 stolen bases, making him a formidable all-around offensive threat. The Dodgers will need Betts to be the catalyst for this high-powered offense. 

 

 

Aaron Judge, known for his towering home runs, is likely to continue his power-hitting streaks in 2024. While his batting average might not be sky-high, expect him to blast over 40 home runs. He should finish the season batting around the .290 mark. His ability to draw walks will keep his on-base percentage at the top of the AL charts, making him a constant threat in the Yankees’ lineup. 

 

 

Giancarlo Stanton, coming off a mixed bag of recent seasons, Staton could see a resurgence in 2024. If this Yankee DH can stay healthy, he has the potential to hit 30-plus home runs. His strikeout rate remains a concern, but his home run capability should not be underestimated. 

 

 

Michael Harris II, one of the exciting fresh talents in the league, is poised for a breakout season in 2024. Expect a batting average above .290 with 20-25 home runs. His speed could position him to steal 20-plus bases, making him a valuable asset for the Braves both on the field and at the plate. 

 

 

Cedric Mullins will be a consistent bro for the Orioles. A potential 20-20 season (20 home runs and 20 stolen bases) is within reach. His ability to hit for average and power, combined with his speed, makes him a dynamic player in the birds’ lineup.

 

 

Aaron Hicks, while perhaps not the most acclimated name on this list, has the potential to be a steady contributor to the Angels. Recently signed with the Halos for a one-year deal, the 34-year-old is expected to DH and backup centerfield. Hicks’ batting average should land in the .250 range with 15-20 home runs. His real value lies in his on-base skills and solid outfield defense. 

 

 

The 2024 MLB season is shaping up to be a “bro-dacious” ride, with these players set to play crucial roles for their squads. 

While the unpredictable nature of sports, including injuries and other unforeseen events, can sway performance, the undeniable talent and proven history of these players indicate they’ll remain significant contributors in the MLB. MLBbro fans have every reason to be pumped about watching how these forecasts play out as the season rolls on.

Aaron Hicks and Jo Adell Went Head Up This Spring For LA Angels  Roster Spot

Aaron Hicks and Jo Adell Went Head Up This Spring For LA Angels Roster Spot

Los Angeles Angels manager Ron Washington knew he would have some tough decisions to make if he wanted to transform Mike Trout’s team into playoff contenders. Opening day is less than a week away and the Angels outfield is kind of crowded.

The Halos have five options to fill what is traditionally four spots. Mike Trout and Taylor Ward of course are already penciled in as starters, so there’s been some stiff competition for those third and fourth outfield spots between Mickey Moniak, Jo Adell and free agent signing Aaron Hicks.

Jo Adell, who we’ve been waiting to have that breakout season and get the call every day, is out of minor league options and the Angels are unlikely to trade him or let him hit waivers, so he will be playing.  The 26-year-old started on Opening Day 2023.

Teams don’t usually carry five outfielders on their roster; however, Washington believes he can finesse the outfield rotation in his favor over the course of 162 games.

“It’s not gonna be hard because whatever lineup I put out, it’s gonna be the lineup,” Washington said. “So it’s not going to be hard. They’ll get some playing time, every single one of them. So how I’m going to do it, I really couldn’t tell you that right now. But they are going to get some playing time.

 

“Who’s the pitcher, who has good matchups, who fits well at that time against that pitcher, those types of things,” Washington said. “Who needs a break? And we’ll use the DH, because every one of those guys is gonna find themselves getting a little bit of DH time also.”

 

Adell has been on a roller coaster between the pros and minor leagues for several seasons now. Of not for his lack of options, he most likely would have been optioned to Triple- A to keep getting at-bats, while Moniak and Hicks shared a platoon role.

Hicks slashed .349/.446/.524 with a .970 OPS against left-handed pitching last season while Moniak slashed .294/.322/.544 with an .866 OPS against righties.

If Adell can gain some consistency with his bat-to-ball skills, while showing more than just flashes of the elite power he possesses, he can lock down a significant amount of time at DH and also spell Moniak or Hicks on any given day.

Aaron Hicks Wants Te Be Everyday Player Again 

 

 

Hicks had a career resurgence once he left the Yankees and ended up in Baltimore, helping the Orioles capture their first AL East division title after nearly a decade-drought. He naturally wants to play every day again, as he’s been the best of the three competing outfielders in Spring Training.

 

“If you make yourself feel like you’re a bench player, you’re going to be a bench player,” Hicks said this week. “Obviously, I want to work my way into playing every single day. But, you know, whenever my name is called, I’ll be ready to go.”

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Washington has his work cut out with an Angels team who was 73-89 last season and that was with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani’s masterful pitching and hitting. Ohtani is gone and LA will try to piece together a competitive lineup. With renowned fielding specialist Washington at the helm, we know defense will be a strongpoint of this rebuilding club.

MLBbro Spring Training: Aaron Hicks Comes Back Home To California With LA Angels

MLBbro Spring Training: Aaron Hicks Comes Back Home To California With LA Angels

WELCOME HOME Aaron Hicks!!

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Aaron Hicks is ready to begin his 12th season in the big leagues. When the regular season begins on March 28th, he will be playing for a team that truly is close to home for him. 

 

The Southern California native is excited about 2024: “It feels amazing, playing in front of family is definitely going to be fun”.

 

Speaking of fun, he also added another benefit of being back in very familiar territory:

“I’ll be able to visit all of the breakfast spots I used to go to back in the day,” Hicks told MLBbro.com. 

 

 

The beginning of the baseball season always has its share of delays in the East and Midwest, which no ballplayer loves. Part of Hicks’ excitement is being at home in the early part of the season.

“Playing on the west coast is obviously better weather from the start” the switch hitter mentioned. 

 

His manager Ron Washington is a veteran skipper but like Hicks is in his first year with the Angels as well.

Hicks was perfect on the stolen base paths in 2023 but chuckled when asked about his new manager’s baseball philosophy: “It’s a lot more running than I’m used to”.

 

Hicks is usually at or near the top of the lineup so we can expect him to be a big part of what Washington plans to do this season. The always important relationship between player and manager seems to be very good.

“I’ve been talking to him a lot. Having conversations with him about certain situations and what he wants us to do as a team” Hicks said. 

 

Hicks is a product of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

“A lot of it was the people around me. Being able to go through the academy was huge for me. I kind of had an idea of what the pros would be like” Hicks suggested. “As a sophomore in high school, I’m talking to professionals, and they are explaining different ways to play the game and now I’m understanding different situations before I’m supposed to” he reflected on.

 

There is a certain retired outfielder that played 19 years in the major leagues, five of which were with Hicks current team that he is fond of.

“Torii Hunter. I just enjoyed the way he played the game, and he could steal some homeruns with some incredible defense.” Hicks said. “In 2015 to play with him and it was truly amazing to have that experience with him” he concluded.

 

With a new setting and team along with a veteran manager, Hicks will provide leadership to this roster.

 

Bro Bats Are Cold As Orioles Lose To Rangers To Open ALDS

Bro Bats Are Cold As Orioles Lose To Rangers To Open ALDS

For the first time in 19 years the Baltimore Orioles hosted a playoff game despite the rain which delayed the start of their American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.

 

It had also been seven years since the franchise played a role in the hunt for October glory.

However, once the rain moved out, the Rangers took control of the best of five series with a 3-2 win that turned the bedlam of Baltimore into a funeral procession by the time the shadows took over the ballpark.

Marcus Semien Slump Continues 

Orioles Park at Camden Yards was an electric orange sea as one of the new school legends of Charm City baseball threw out the day’s first pitch.

Adam Jones, who officially signed a temporary contract then retired as an Oriole last month, sent the crowd into a frenzy that lasted until the Rangers figured out Orioles starter Kyle Bradish as their offense went into a post season slumber.

 

 The MLBbros in both uniforms struggled mightily at the plate.

Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien went 0-for-5 following his 2-for-17 performance in the wildcard series.

Semien still remains at the top of the order as Texas continues to win without his offense. 

However, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde needs to light a fuse under a team that stumbled to the finish line offensively after clinching the American League East Division title and the top seed in the junior circuit’s playoffs.

 

Cedric Mullins & Aaron Hicks Bats Cold In ALDS Game 1

Aaron Hicks and Cedric Mullins were slotted in the 6th and 8th holes in the lineup and couldn’t deliver on Saturday.  Collectively, they finished the game 0-for-5 with two walks. 

“We just need to get some early runs,” Hyde said. “Even the last week or so of the season we’ve just had a tough time kind of scoring early.”

The Rangers could’ve made things easier for themselves, but they couldn’t break the game open in the fourth inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs Semien, a player with seven career grand slams, struck out.

Overall, Texas left 10 runners on base. Despite his struggles, however, Manager Bruce Bochy remains confident in his slumping second baseman.

Suddenly, the Orioles magical season could turn into a nightmare quickly if they lose to the Rangers again on Sunday.

Traditionally, teams that lose game one in the Division Series at home win that series less than 30 percent of the time.

However, if the regular season proves to be any indication, this will be a long series.  Baltimore is very resilient team and the squads solid their six games earlier this year.