#HIGHFIVE| Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 24)

#HIGHFIVE| Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 24)

Cedric Mullins is about to put the cherry on top for one of the greatest seasons ever for a Baltimore Oriole.  He is now one home run away from joining the 30/30 Club and may have pulled off the robbery of the year this week.

For that he takes the top spot on Week 24 of our #High/Five List.

1. Cedric Mullins

I think we should start this #High/Five List with what may be the catch of the 2021 season.

Cedric Mullins got HOPS!  And he showed them off by taking this home run away from Gary Sanchez last week.

What Cedric Mullins has accomplished this season is a testament to the work he put in to turn his career around over the off-season.  After stealing two bases on Saturday against the Red Sox he officially reached 30 stolen bases on the year, which is good for second in the American League.

Cedric Mullins On Verge Of 30-30 Club, Superstardom

Now, he is just one swing away from being the first member of the Baltimore Orioles to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season.  A feat that Adam Jones, Don Baylor and Reggie Jackson could not even reach.

The first time All-Star is sure to steal some MVP votes this season, and not even those can do him justice.  He’ll look to join the 30/30 Club this weekend in front of the Baltimore Faithful during their series against the Texas Rangers.

2. Andrew McCutchen

 

Andrew McCutchen is coming alive as the Phillies attempt to chase down a playoff spot entering the final week of the season.  Wednesday night his two-out two-run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning propelled the Phillies to a 4-3 win.

Over his last seven games McCutchen has a .259 batting average, five RBI and scored seven runs, but it’s something he did without even taking a swing that may have been his greatest play this week.

On Sunday Cutch wore a “Fair Ball” wristband during the game.  The wristbands were worn by some Phillies and Mets minor leaguers for a protest towards minor league payment wages.

The maturation of McCutchen from his electric rookie season, to Most Valuable Player award winner to now veteran and leader for all of baseball is one of the great aspects of his illustrious career. The journey has been plentiful.

3. JP Crawford

J.P. Crawford has his Mariners fighting to end the longest postseason drought in baseball, all while making his case at back-to-back Gold Gloves.

Every out counts for a Mariner team which is trying to leap into the playoffs for the first time since 2001, and J.P. Crawford has done his part by putting on a defensive clinic.

However he has become much more than just his glove. In addition to his leadership, since being moved into the leadoff spot, Crawford has been one of the better hitters in baseball posting a .267 batting average, nine home runs and 50 RBI.

Entering Thursday the Mariners are just two and a half games behind the Yankees for the final wild card spot.  They control their own destiny with a series against both their divisional rivals the Angels and Athletics to end the season.

4. Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien has a chance at history as he is just two home runs away from tying the record for most home runs in a season by a second baseman in Major League history.

Home Boi Highlights | Marcus Semien

For his historic season Rob Parker named him our Home Boi Highlights this week.

Semien is the only American-born player to have 40 home runs this season and he has literally been getting it done in two different countries.

If it wasn’t for Semien’s teammate closing in on a Triple Crown, and Ohtani’s performance as a two-way star, Semien would be the clear cut favorite for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award.

His 6.7 WAR is fourth in MLB and he has added 41 home runs, 97 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Entering Thursday his Blue Jays are just a half game out for the final wild card spot.

5. Aaron Judge

This season Aaron Judge has shown he is a top 10 player in the Majors, but that won’t mean anything if he can’t carry his Yankees to the playoffs.

Judge’s 36 home runs are good for second in the American League for all outfielders and his .371 On Base Percentage is first.

One of the most underrated parts about Judge’s game is his defense and he has done a great job this year whether it being in centerfield or right.

This week Judge collected six hits, drove in five runs and scored four times.  His Yankees will match up for a series with the Red Sox this weekend that will have major playoff implications.

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Cedric “CM Storm” Mullins adds to his 2021 highlight reel with a Ken Griffey-esque over the wall grab to rob the Yankees. Can you say MVP?

Cedric Mullins, Tim Anderson & Michael Brantley| MLBbros Racing To A Batting Title

Cedric Mullins, Tim Anderson & Michael Brantley| MLBbros Racing To A Batting Title

In an era that places emphasis on slugging percentage, exit velocity and several other metrics meant to enhance run production, there are many who question the importance of a high batting average.

Despite these recent naysayers, MLBbros like Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley and Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson continue to show the value of having a batting champion in the lineup.

 

On Friday, both Brantley and Anderson, along with fellow MLBbro Cedric Mullins, held three of the top five spots for batting average in the American League.

By Saturday it was a completely different story.

With less than 20 games to go, will any of the bros be able to catch Starling Marte for the batting crown?

Cedric Mullins has been killing all season in a Baltimore Orioles lineup that doesn’t afford him much protection. He’s on his way to a 30-30 season despite playing on a team void of superstar talent.

While winning the crown would be dope, this late season stretch represents more than a batting title for Anderson and Brantley.

Both of their teams are in first place and with each team’s magic number under 20, the only scoreboard watching necessary will involve each other.

The Tampa Bay Rays currently hold a 5-game lead in the American League, which means at this point the Astros and White Sox are battling for second.

The Astros are 5-2 against the White Sox this season, so in order to secure that second spot, the White Sox will need to make up some ground on Houston.

Unfortunately for Chicago, Anderson has been mostly unavailable in September. After racking up 10 hits, 5 RBI and hitting an impressive .323 over his last 7 games played, Anderson was placed on the IL with what has been described as hamstring soreness.

Anderson’s presence has been missed at the top of the lineup, as the team has struggled to score runs against quality opponents at times.

Over their last five games as of Saturday, the White Sox have hit just .250 (9-for-36) with runners in scoring position.

Even with his team struggling to score and his average sliding in the ranks, Anderson remains focused on the main goal; a deep run in October.

“We know what the ultimate goal is,”Anderson said when asked about his impending return.

“We’re trying to get healthy and come back as quickly as I can, but also be 100 percent and be smart about it and know when to go.”

Anderson’s batting average has stalled at .302 and his return to action is still up in the air.

Astros outfielder Michael Brantley has continued to age like fine wine. And while his power numbers have dropped, the hits have kept on coming.

As of Saturday, Brantley held the 5th highest batting average in the American League at .316.

Over his last 7 games, the five-time All Star has hit .323 while racking up 10 hits and only striking out once in 31 plate appearances for the Stros.

If Brantley keeps his current pace, this will be the first time since 2017 that he racked up 150 hits in a season and did not pass the 15 homerun mark.

Despite his lack of power, Brantley’s ability to get on base will be a major boost for the Astros as they look to exercise the demons of their trash can banging past.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 22)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 22)

1. Marcus Semien

 

Marcus Semien is representing his fellow Virgos around world with how he opened the month of September.

He has six home runs including a walkoff and a grand slam and is closing in on the record for most by a second baseman in Major League history.

For that he takes the top spot on Week 22 of our #HighFive list.

Marcus Semien Owned Labor Day Weekend | MLBbro Chasing Second Base Homer Record


Semien has 38 homers this season, which puts him 10th All-Time for most home runs by a second baseman in a season, tied with two Yankees; Alfonso Soriano and Gleyber Torres. 

 

Semien’s hot streak has the Blue Jays on fire, entering Thursday they have won seven straight games, nine of their last 10 and are only a game and a half behind New York for the second wild card spot.

Semien and his Blue Jays will travel to Baltimore to take on fellow #High/Five member Cedric Mullins and his Orioles.

2. Jo Adell

Jo Adell is becoming a fan favorite. The rookie  bounced back from a slow August and is owning September with the highest batting average for anyone on our #High/Five List.


Adell batted .216 with only one home run in August, but through the first week of September, he already has three homers, a .391 batting average and eight RBI.

His biggest hit came on Tuesday in the top of the seventh inning against the Padres.

Blake Snell had a no hitter going with runners on second and third.

Adell shot a single into left field which scored both runners and broke a 0-0 tie in a 4-0 Angels win.

 

3. Taylor Hearn

Taylor Hearn brings fire to the mound, whether he comes out of the bullpen, is an opener or gets to let it loose and go deep in games, like his most recent start. 


Hearn has registered four consecutive quality starts, earning the victory in his last three. 
In each of his last two starts, Hearn has gone a career-high 6.2 and a full seven innings.


Hearn is getting his first taste of full time action this season and seems to be coming into a zone, improving each time he takes the bump.

Over his last three starts he has an ERA of 2.97, 16 strikeouts and only two walks.

His next start is scheduled for Sunday as he’ll take on fellow MLBbros Tony Kemp and Josh Harrison.

4. Cedric Mullins

Even if you live under a rock you’re probably still aware that Cedric Mullins is raking. He has a chance to join the 30/30 club.

Even when he’s not circling the bases with one swing, Mullins is doing the job of a leadoff hitter and getting on base in any way possible.


Mullins has gotten on base in 15 consecutive games, not including his pinch hit appearance on August 30th and scored 15 times.

5. J.P. Crawford

The Mariners 19-year long playoff drought is currently the longest in the Majors.

At some point this season, they were supposed to fall off, but led by last year’s Gold Glove shortstop J.P. Crawford, they have won 7 out of 10 games and are two and a half back of the final wild card spot.

 


Crawford put the Astros on ice with a two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to save Seattle from getting swept.

Over his last seven games Crawford is hitting .323 with six RBI, four walks and eight runs.