Marcus Semien was a man possessed throughout the entire month of May. He was in a zone that landed him the American League Player of the Month award after leading all of baseball in hits, OBP, and WAR.
That earns him the top spot on Week 9 of our #High Five list.
1. Marcus Semien
Semien made a strong case to be the American League starter at 2nd base in next month’s Summer Classic All-Star Game in Denver. He launched eight home runs, tied for 3rd in the league with 23 runs scored, and led all of baseball with 42 hits, a 1.130 OPS. and a 2.3 WAR.
He made sure to close out the month on a high note by hitting .417 with seven runs and six walks in his last seven games. He even extended his hit streak to 10 games after recording a hit and two runs in Wednesday’s game against Jazz Chisholm and the Miami Marlins.
The best second baseman in baseball is this weeks Homeboi Highlight! @RobParkerFS1 tells you about Marcus Semien who’s bat has kept his Blue Jays in the running for the American League East title https://t.co/5MTAgCsPGa #MLBbros #WeAreBlueJays pic.twitter.com/rdSPtMPjXB
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The Blue Jays are migrating out of Florida and have begun playing games in Buffalo; bringing them a little closer to the Toronto faithful. Semien will look to keep the party going a little higher up on the east coast.
2. Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton has helped bring some much-needed sauce and energy to the South Side of Chicago. Injuries have riddled their outfield yet Hamilton’s play has been exemplary and a key reason why Chicago is holding fort atop the American League Central.
BILLY HAMILTON SHOWING HIS POWER
Look at how hyped this dugout is. You gotta love this team. pic.twitter.com/o9FXIGm9o4
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 29, 2021
Hamilton is known for being one of the greatest base stealers of our generation but flexed his power this past weekend by hitting his first two home runs of the season in back-to-back games against Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles. He’s come a long way since his minor-league base saga.
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Tuesday Hamilton gave us one of the most exciting plays of the year when he hit a little league home run against the Indians. It was ultimately scored a double with a few errors, but at the end of the day, he made it around the bases with one swing.
He crushed a ball to the right center field wall and dashed around the bases. After a throw to the catcher was misplayed, Billy charged into home plate and scored after diving headfirst. He earned a bloody lip and swollen face for his efforts but he needed every ounce of speed in order to get in safely.
Hamilton and MLBbro teammate Tim Anderson will lead the White as they look to dominate the Tigers during their upcoming weekend series at home.
3. Taijuan Walker Mets
Taijuan Walker ranks 4th in MLB with a .184 ERA. He’s surrendered just one run in his last 22 innings entering Thursday night against San Diego and MLBbros Trent Grisham and Tommy Pham. Fly Tai has been a consistent force almost every time out, allowing just 10 runs in 49 innings entering Thursday. If the Mets said they knew they were getting a potential Cy Young candidate when they picked up Walker to be a solid piece in the rotation, they’d be lying.
But that’s exactly how the melanated mound marauder is dealing.
4. Tommy Pham
Speaking of Tommy Pham, after a slow start he’s really found a groove and his veteran presence has been a big part in the San Diego Padres fight for the National League West crown early on this year.
In his last seven games, Pham’s recorded nine hits and four RBI while posting a .321 batting average.
Remember this? @TphamLV
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) June 4, 2021
Last Saturday night he went 2 for 4 with two walks, a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, and got to take home the biggest gold chain in baseball, the Padres swag chain which is earned after players go deep.
5. Cedric Mullins
The Baltimore center fielder has been one of the most consistent players in baseball through the first two months. He has hits in nine of his last 10 games with a .333 batting average during his current run.
Cedric Mullins make fast guys look not so fast pic.twitter.com/dKX35ozYik
— Barstool Are Dee Tee (@editti22) June 1, 2021
Mullins was a huge factor in the Orioles’ two-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. He began their game Wednesday with a leadoff triple on his way to going 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base. This week he reached 100 total bases in a season for the first time in his career and he still has a long way to go.