Top 5 Breakout MLBbros For 2024 MLB Season

Top 5 Breakout MLBbros For 2024 MLB Season

There are some young MLBbros who are hoping for a breakout season.

The top five players on this list are specifically projected to have a break campaign, while establishing themselves as household names.

 

Age, draft position, and situation were considered when evaluating these athletes. Some have already played in the majors and proved themselves on huge stages, including postseason, but have only provided us with a small sample size. Others are ready to be consistent faces in the MLB dugout once called upon.

5. Taj Bradley P (Tampa Bay Rays)

 

Taj Bradley, a melanated mound marauder for the Tampa Bay Rays, is 22 years old and hoping to have a big season.

 

Bradley showed glimpses of brilliance as a rookie, jumping out to some early wins, before eventually finishing with a 5.59 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 23 home runs allowed in 104 2/3 innings. Bradley seemed to hit a rookie wall last year and with those trials and tribulations under his belt, he should be a force for the Rays.

 

Despite his final stats, Bradley had several strong outings, recording a 28% strikeout rate. He will be expected to hold down the fort as a consistent arm int he starting rotation.

 

Taj Bradley Has Established Himself As A Legitimate Force In Tampa Bay Rays Rotation

4. Alek Thomas OF (Arizona Diamondbacks)

 

The Diamondbacks 23-year-old outfielder Alek Thomas comes in at number four on the list. With his power, Thomas was taken in the second round and was able to intimidate opposing pitchers by driving in runs. He had a clutch home run and some key moments in the 2023 postseason.

Thomas hit four Bro bombs which helped charge Arizona’s unlikely trip to the World Series.

Tommy Pham and Alek Thomas Made Every Hit Count In Helping Arizona Diamondbacks Shock Baseball World, Advance To 2023 World Series

 

He has excellent outfield defensive skills, with an average career fielding percentage of .992.

 

During a “Take That” segment on MLBbro.com, Charles Nyonga discussed Thomas as a key member of the
Diamondbacks team. Thomas has all the qualities to be face of the franchise for years to come.

 

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3. Lawrence Butler OF (Oakland A’s)

 

Lawrence Butler, an outfielder, is only 23 years old. The Oakland Athletics selected him in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. Following a season in which he hit four home runs with a batting average of 211.

 

 

Butler put in work over the off-season, and his current batting average of .421 this spring training is proof of that. When the season starts, keep an eye out for Butler.

 

2. Termarr Johnson INF (Pittsburgh Pirates)

 

Termarr Johnson, a 19-year-old who was the fourth pick in the 2022 draft, is No. 2 on the list. Johnson’s bat-to-ball skills and smooth lefty stroke make him a legitimate All-Star in the future.

 

On February 26, 2024, Johnson showed off his power by hitting two home runs for the Pirates against the Blue Jays. The sky is the limit for Johnson.

 

 

1. Jordan ‘Sky’ Walker OF/INF (St. Louis Cardinals)

 

The young, talented St. Louis Cardinals star Jordan Walker, who weighs 250 pounds and is 6 feet 5 inches tall, tops the list. He came out of the gate in his rookie season, breaking hitting records.

 

With his rare combination of athleticism and baseball IQ, the 21-year-old infielder turned outfielder has
been gaining notice.

 

He’s also well-known for his powerful bat and excellent fielding skills. The Cardinals’ lineup is more versatile because of his defense skills, particularly at third base.

Walker, who hit .276 with 16 homers and 51 RBI in 117 games as a rookie, has a smooth swing with power, but hits to contact.

He also has deceptive speed. With a package that reminds guys of MLBbro legend Dave Winfield, Walker has everything needed to establish himself as an All-Star.

 

#HIGHFIVE | These MLBbros Ended The 2023 MLB Regular Season With A Bang

#HIGHFIVE | These MLBbros Ended The 2023 MLB Regular Season With A Bang

Aaron Judge brought back his record-breaking Mojo from 2022 this week and put on a power display for the ages. He became the first Yankee ever with multiple three home runs games in the same season after hitting three in last Friday’s contest against Arizona to earn himself the top spot on our final #HighFive list of 2023.

 

1. Aaron Judge

This season left us thinking what could have been if Aaron Judge did not injure his toe by running into the outfield wall one Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Judge had his Yankees in prime position to make the playoffs and was on track to outdo his 2022 MVP campaign before going down.

Over his last seven games he slashed .478/.600/1.261 with 12 RBI, seven walks and five homers including the three versus Arizona with the other two coming in the same game Wednesday night against the Blue Jays.

 

Aaron Judge Is Top 5 In American League Homers Despite Missing 50 Games 😳

 

Judge has 37 home runs which right now would be the second most ever for someone who played in 110 fewer games.  Mark McGuire hit 39 in 104 games in the 1995 season.

He will look to make history during their final series against the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.

 

2. Jordan “Sky” Walker

 

The fourth youngest current player in the Majors put a nice bow on his rookie campaign with strong showing over his last seven games. We have to give a shoutout to Walker for raising his level of play on the defensive side of the ball.

 

 

He was a career third baseman in the Minors, but as the season has progressed, he’s gotten better and better at roaming the outfield. At the plate, Walker has a 13-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 22 of 24 games in September.

 

3. Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien refuses to fade away during the most important time of the year with his Rangers just days away from clinching their first American League West title since 2016.


Both of Semien’s hits in the team’s most recent series came this past Sunday when he launched two home runs in the same game, including his franchise-record 10th leadoff bomb of the year.

In the following series, they would take two of three over the Angels. Semien went a combined 4-for-12 with four runs scored, two RBI, a double and two home runs.


That now puts him at 29 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. If he is able to get to 100, Semien will join Mookie Betts, Ronald Acuna Jr, Charlie Blackmon and Darin Erstad as the only leadoff hitters in MLB history with 100 RBI in a season.

 

4. Josiah “Sway” Gray

All-Star Josiah Gray set the tone for what looks to be a promising 2024 season with a great ending to 2023. Gray shut down the American League East champions and playoff bound Baltimore Orioles in his final start of the year Tuesday night.

 

He took home the loss in what ended up being a 1-0 contest after giving up one earned run in six innings while striking out seven and allowing five hits and walking two. After a tough month of August Gray finished off the year strong posting a 2.95 ERA in September with a .241 BA against and 23 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched.

Gray ends his first ever All-Star season with a 3.91 ERA and 22 homers allowed. Last season he had a 5.02 ERA and gave up a league-high 38 homers.

 

5. Devin “The Airbender” Williams

Devin Willams has been the most unhittable pitchers in the Majors this season and anchors the best pitching staff in the Majors. In his first year as the Brewers full-time closer Willams set the bar high for himself with 36 saves, five coming in his last seven appearances.

 

 

Over that span, Williams has given up only one run on two hits while striking out 10 in seven innings. He has not given up a run since September 2nd and has a 1.56 ERA this season. The Brewers have a legitimate chance to make some noise in the playoffs with solid pitching and a loaded bullpen.

 

If they can get the ball in “The Airbenders” hands, especially with a lead late, Milwaukee has a fighter’s chance to capture the National League pennant.