#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 11)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 11)

Taijuan Walker has silenced many of his haters this season by taking the city that never sleeps by storm.  He has the seventh-lowest ERA in the Major Leagues and struck out a career-high 12 batters during his start this week against the Chicago Cubs. 

 For that, he earns the top spot on this week’s #HighFive weekly rankings. 

1. Taijuan “Fly Tai” Walker

Through the first three months of the season, Taijuan Walker has been the steal of the off season.  The Mets were the only team to offer him a contract, which is for 2 years and $20 million with a player option for the third. 

“Everything’s worked out well for everyone,” Walker told reporters.  “I’m glad the Mets were my only offer.



In Tuesday’s start against the Cubs, Walker struck out a career-high 12 batters and lowered his ERA to 2.12 which is good for seventh in the league.  It was his third start this season without allowing a walk and he has caught fire since returning from the Injured List.

In the four starts since his return, Walker has thrown 24 innings and struck out 31 hitters.  



His Black Knight rotation mate Marcus Stroman has been the Andre 3000 to Walker’s Big Boi.  In his last two starts, Stroman has thrown 13 innings with 15 strikeouts and only one earned run.

Taijuan will get the Fathers Day start for the Mets as they travel to the nation’s capital to take on Josh Harrison, Josh Bell and the rest of the Nationals.


2. Mookie Betts

We have high expectations for Mookie, being that he is the best player in all of baseball.  He got off to a slow start this season for his standards, but during the past week, Betts showed flashes of his MVP-caliber skills.

He’s hit .318 with three home runs, four RBI, eight runs, five walks and a .727 Slugging Percentage in his last seven games.

Bett’s has four multi-hit games this month and on Tuesday night against the Phillies, it was the 7th inning of a 3-3 game when Mookie stepped to the plate and blasted a solo home run. 

It was the first time he hit a homer with Dodger stadium completely full. 



Mookie travels to Arizona this weekend to take on the Diamondbacks who will be rocking their city connect uniforms on Friday night.

3. Marcus “Rock Any Park U” Semien

Marcus Semien has kept his hot bat from the month of May going in June. The reigning American League Player of the Month is batting .263 with three home runs this month, including a leadoff bomb Wednesday night against the Yankees’ Garrett Cole.  

Through his last seven games, Semien is hitting .286 with three home runs, six RBI, seven runs and a stolen base.  He is on track to start at second base for the American League All-Star team and is in the middle of what is a career year leading up to his free agency this offseason.


4. Bobby Bradley

Bobby Bradley has been rocking out since joining Cleveland on June 5th as they have been riddled with injuries and he has given them exactly what they have been missing: power at the first base position. Thursday Bradley hit his fourth home run in just 10 games this season.  He is now batting .375 with four home runs and 11 RBI. 



Bradley has also helped the Indians stay afloat in a wide-open American League.  Since his call up they have a record of 8-2 and sit in second place in the American League Central, four games behind Tim Anderson’s White Sox while being only a game back of Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros for the final Wild Card spot.


Bobby Bradley Isn’t Giving Cleveland A Chance To Send Him Back To The Minors


After finishing a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Bradley will travel to Pittsburg to take on Ke’Bryan Hayes and the Pirates.

5. J-Up 

Justin Upton was named Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlight after batting .360 with 10 runs scored and two home runs last week.  He recently moved to the leadoff spot in the Angels lineup and raised his batting average from .120 to .232.  


Home Boi Highlights | Justin Upton


In his last seven games, Upton is batting .259 with seven hits, seven runs and has drawn seven walks with a .412 On-Base Percentage.

J-Up and his Angels will take on Akil “the Trill” Baddoo and the Detroit Tigers in sunny Los Angeles for a four-game series this weekend.

Cleveland Indians Rookie Bobby Bradley Is The Tower With The Power

Cleveland Indians Rookie Bobby Bradley Is The Tower With The Power

Bobby Bradley has come out swinging for the Cleveland Indians. 

The first baseman’s season debut was overshadowed by the brilliance of Cedric Mullins this past weekend, as Cleveland dropped two of three to the Baltimore Orioles, but it was still impressive.

In five at-bats over two games, Bradley went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored.



Bradley, known as “The Assassin,” entered 2021 as the 18th-ranked prospect in the Indians’ system, and the sixth-ranked prospect among all first baseman due to his incredible power.

As a minor leaguer, from 2015-2019 Bradley sent 139 baseballs into the stands, averaging nearly 28 per season. The biggest impediment on his path to the bigs has been his lack of plate discipline. Over nearly 2500 at-bats, he managed only a .251 average and struck out 814 times.

By the end of spring training, he was hitting .303 and an OPS of .951. After joining the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, his inconsistency returned. His average dropped to .196 in 109 plate appearances.

But, that power though.

He still managed to crush nine home runs for the Clippers, like this shot right before he was called up.



In five at-bats Bradley nearly matched the season production of Jake Bauers, who had been at first for 43 games and 100 ABs. Bauers had just two home runs, three doubles, six RBIs, and scored seven times.

So it was hard for Indians fans to not immediately be excited about adding more offense to a team chasing the loaded Chicago White Sox in the American League Central standings.


Cleveland manager Terry Francona welcomed any offensive production on a day when his team got trounced 18-5. The Indians have been awful at the plate all season. Their 231 runs are third-worst in the American League, and only the Seattle Mariners (.208) are batting worse than Cleveland’s .221 team average.

“That was really good to see,” said Francona. “Again, we’re dying to get some production from our lineup and to get him off to a good start I think is important. Hopefully, he feels really good about himself.”

But not too good. This has been the season of the pitcher. Strikeouts and no-hitters are getting racked up at record numbers. Bradley has been waiting for his moment to prove himself, and he should get every opportunity to show that he’s ready for the main stage. Even if he does struggle occasionally, the Indians don’t have any other option than to let Bradley work through it.

“I feel like there’s actually less pressure now in my case,” he said after Sunday’s defeat. “With all the moves that happened, now they’re looking at me and I get to settle in and play my game.”

His defense has to get better, and teams will challenge him to see if Bradley can maintain the steady approach he took over the weekend, but Bobby Bradley seems up to the challenge. His first trip to the bigs lasted only 15 games, back in 2019. 

He batted .178 with four RBIs, barely getting a chance to taste his cup of coffee, let alone enjoy it.

He did do this.


That 457-foot towering blast against the Minnesota Twins showed off the ability to crush the ball with Giancarlo Stanton-like power, as the ball jumped off his bat at a staggering 113.5 mph.

Bradley plans to stick this time around by playing his game and not taking any of this for granted.

“All the starry-eyed moments are gone,” he said. “Like being around all the guys you watched on TV. Now I’m just another one of the guys and I just get to go out and have fun.”

And if Bobby Bradley is having fun, that means pitchers won’t be.