MLBbro Lawrence Butler Gets Jersey Retired At West Lake High School

MLBbro Lawrence Butler Gets Jersey Retired At West Lake High School

Celebrating a milestone moment, the City of South Fulton came together to retire the jersey of Oakland A’s rookie Lawrence Butler at Westlake High School in Georgia. A graduate of Westlake Baseball, Butler made history as the first student-athlete from the school to ascend to Major League Baseball. Recognizing not just his athletic prowess but also his impactful philanthropy in South Fulton, District 2 Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs presented Butler with a well-deserved proclamation.

 

 

 

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.

 

TAKE THAT | Alek Thomas & The Raking Rattlers Have Arizona Diamondbacks Hunting Playoffs

 

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.