MLbbro Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a laser of a home run and missed first base during his ceremonial celebratory trot around the bases. The umpires reviewed the call and punched him out, negating his home run on a rule technicality. If baseball is worried about offense then this isn’t the way to help address that problem. In fact, it might be time to completely trash the rule altogether.
Nobody in all of baseball had a better week at the plate than Baltimore Orioles’ center fielder Cedric Mullins.
CM Storm takes the top spot in Week 10 of our #HighFive list and remains hotter than a new stereo system during a blackout.
1. Cedric Mullins
Mullins rocked out in Cleveland this weekend to the tune of a .750 batting average, going 9-for-12 with three home runs, four RBI and five runs scored on his way to earning a feature on Monday’s Homeboi Highlights.
CM Storm has been getting it done all year, and with All-Star voting recently opening up, he has taken his play to another level in hopes of earning one of the three starting outfield positions. In his last seven games, he has an average of .536 with a 1.036 Slugging Percentage, three home runs, nine runs scored and five RBI.
The fleet-footed outfielder’s .323 batting average is sixth place in all of Major League Baseball. His 76 hits lead the American League and are good for third in the Majors. Mullins will look to gain more All-Star momentum and inch closer to a mid-season batting championship during this weekend series in Tampa against the Rays.
He recorded hits in 10 of his last 11 games before going hitless Thursday, which is something he has not done often this year.
J.P. has upped his game on the offensive side of the ball this season. In addition to adding on more weight, he has drastically improved his batting average against left handed pitchers. This season, he is hitting .365 off lefties with eight doubles as opposed to a .242 average in 2020 and a .160 line in 2019.
3. Taijuan Walker
One half of the New York Mets Melanated Mound Marauders sits in the three spot on this week’s High Five list. Taijuan Walker has gotten straight to business since returning from injury May 29th. In his last 34 innings, he has only given up five earned runs.
Walker is going through a stretch where he has allowed no more than one run in five of his last six starts.
Taijuan brought his best stuff to Baltimore on Wednesday as he had one of his best starts of the season. He struck out nine through seven innings, allowing just one run and making one of the plays of the year, stopping a line drive and throwing a runner out at first from the ground.
He sits in sixth in the MLB with a 2.07 ERA leading into his next start Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.
4. Ke’Bryan Hayes
Ke’Bryan Hayes missed two months after suffering a wrist injury at the beginning of the year and since returning to the Pirates’ lineup has wasted no time in reminding us that he is one of the best young players in the game.
Hayes is 9-for-26 with a .346 average, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored.
We as fans have to feel cheated for not getting to watch Ke’Bryan play ball much this season and it’s going to be a treat seeing him get the chance to develop in front of our eyes for a young Pittsburgh team that is in dire need of a spark plug.
5. Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson has been a consistent force for one of the best lineups in baseball through this entire season as he has his White Sox five games ahead of the pack in the American League Central.
During his last seven games, Anderson has a .379 batting average, a .552 Slugging Percentage, a home run and six RBI. His .302 batting average puts him just outside the top 10 in Major League Baseball.
The Pirates’ organization has been monitoring his progress, and they’ve liked what they have seen thus far, hence the early return.
Cherington told MLB.com, “Once we got as far out from the injury as we have, and it’s going to be two months or whatever, we just felt like we really needed to have almost a spring training progression.”
He added, “The last thing we wanted to do was sort of rush him back, and then something else happens because his body was just not ready.”
Cole Tucker, a close friend and teammate, said he is excited for his buddy to be back alongside himself as he spoke on the importance of his close friends’ return.
“I know the first two months of this season haven’t gone how he or anyone pictured, but he’s in a good spot, and he’s in a good headspace,” Tucker told MLB.com.
The hesitancy about the 24-year-old’s progress is valid as the Pirates have seen this since the initial wrist injury took place on April 4. Before the long-term IL designation, Pittsburgh placed KB on the 10-day injury list.
Hayes showed signs of recovery before suffering a setback after a cumbersome swing against celebrity competition in a centralized location in Detroit. After the incident, Hayes faced live at-bats with teammates before suffering more malaise in his wrist and hand.
Before starting the season, Hayes led the charge as the preseason favorite for the National League Rookie of the Year Award due to his hot finish of the pandemic-shortened season.
In 24 games, he batted .376 with 14 extra-base hits, 11 runs batted in, and five home runs. He also had a .442 on-base percentage, and a .682 slugging percentage with a 1.124 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Losers of seven of their last 10 games, the Bucs first two months of the season has them sputtering in the National League Central Division with a 20-32 record. So, the return of the franchise player could bring a much-needed spark at the plate and the field.
Baseball fans and enthusiasts are hoping a setback doesn’t occur for Hayes as the league and the team needs star players to move the game forward.
Look for Hayes to make his return Thursday as the Pirates host Jazz Chisholm and his Miami Marlins at PNC Park at 7:05 P.M. ET.
Ke’Bryan Hayes’ season started with a bang as he hit a home run on Opening Day to commemorate the launch of MLbbro.com. Not really, but that would have been something. He did become just the second Pirates rookie to homer on Opening Day, joining Johnny Ray who did it in 1982.
The baseball world anxiously anticipated seeing Hayes, who tore it up, hitting .367 with 6 homers in 90 at-bats during the COVID season, carry the Black and Yellow on his talented back in 2021.
The Son of Charlie is the only thing worth watching in Pittsburgh as the Pirates attempt to rebuild.
The town was in a frenzy when he set off the season with fireworks. Then went into a total funk just as quickly, when the young third baseman suffered a wrist injury and had to leave the game.
That was 17 games ago and the 9-10 Pirates have actually done a decent job treading water in his absence. The team’s success has heightened the enthusiasm around Bryant’s return even more. Pittsburgh is a franchise that some could say is cursed in many ways. Hard to argue that. But they’ve been able to accumulate some solid talent in the minors that they hope will pay dividends in the future.
The Pirates don’t suck, but I wouldn’t say that they are on a streak of good luck either because just as soon as Hayes was supposed to return, the 24-year-old reaggravated his wrist injury when taking swings as part of his rehab work. He’s headed back to Pittsburgh to have the injury re-evaluated.
Ke’Bryan Hayes is still one to watch. It’s just that right now, everyone is watching the progress of his wrist rather than the power he generates with the flick of them.
Just 12 innings into his 2021 season, rookie sensation Ke’Bryan Hayes finds himself on the 10-day injured list.
Hayes is the third prominent Black Knight to be sidelined with an injury early in the season. Rookie of The Year Kyle Lewis is resting a deep bone bruise and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer has a left oblique strain. Both are yet to take the field.
Hayes left Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning with soreness in his left wrist. X-rays were negative, but an MRI revealed some inflammation, causing the Pittsburgh Pirates to place their prized prospect on the shelf for the time being.
Ke’Bryan Hayes’ injury to his left wrist is worse than it first appeared, and the #Pirates have placed him on the 10-day injured list. https://t.co/2e7RTay5D4
It appeared that Hayes first injured the wrist while drawing a walk during his first at-bat, facing the Cubs’ Jake Arietta. After fouling off a pitch, Hayes flexed his wrist before eventually drawing a walk.
“From talking to him when he was out at first, he caught the knob on the swing when he turned it over,” manage Derek Shelton said. “I guess the knob kinda got in his hand awkwardly.”
While on first, a pickoff attempt seemed to aggravate the injury more, but Hayes would come around to score the Pirates’ only run in a 1-5 loss.
Team doctors examined him again and decided to pull him in the third inning.
It’s a huge blow for the Pirates, who are in desperate need of the type of offense that Hayes provides.
Last season, Pittsburgh finished dead last in the National League in runs scored (219) and runs batted in (210).
In only 24 games, Hayes accounted for 15 percent of the team’s runs, and was responsible for five of the Pirates’ 20 homeruns.
It was his ability to hit to all fields with power, Gold Glove-level defense, and his baserunning instincts that had him atop many lists as the favorite for NL Rookie of the Year.
Despite playing in just 24 games in 2020, Ke'Bryan Hayes led all rookies with 1.9 WAR per @baseball_ref. He had a 55.4% hard-hit rate & 18.1% whiff rate — no qualified hitter had a HH% that high with a whiff% that low.
His mere presence in the lineup makes the Pirates better. Once he left the field Saturday, Pittsburgh could only scratch out four more hits over seven scoreless innings. Sunday, they dropped their second in a row to the Cubs after managing three runs on seven hits.
While the organization doesn’t feel that this injury will have a lasting impact on Hayes this season, it’s taking a higher than normal level of precaution with the player it intends to build around, especially when the Pirates aren’t expected to challenge for a postseason spot.
Better to slow down the ascension of one of baseball’s brightest young stars now, than to have it halted by a nagging injury that could lead to others.