#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.

MLBbro All-Star Voting Update

MLBbro All-Star Voting Update

By Jaelen Ogadhoh  |  MLBbro.com Intern

 

The 91st Midsummer Classic is less than a month away, and many of this season’s top-performing MLBbros are raking in the fan votes.

Ballots for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game opened on June 3, allowing fans to vote their favorite players into starting positions for the American League and National League rosters. The remaining roster spots are chosen by players and the Commissioner’s Office.

Phase one of voting closes Thursday, June 24, when the top vote-getters in each league (top nine outfielders, top three in all other positions) advance to the second and final voting phase which lasts from Monday, June 28 through Thursday, July 1.

The game will be held Tuesday, July 13 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado after being moved out of Atlanta, Georgia due to a recently passed law that could restrict voting access for people of color.

 

Here are the MLBbros currently with the most fan votes (As of June 16, 2021):

 

1.Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays: 561,326 votes

 

The stud second baseman looks to earn his first all-star nod in his first season with the Blue Jays. Through 65 games played in 2021, Semien is slashing .290/.358/.519 with 15 home runs, 46 runs, 37 RBI, and nine steals. He leads all AL second basemen in all-star votes, With his 561,326 votes comprising 34% of total votes at the position.

 

2. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: 538,448 votes

 

One of three MLBbros in the top nine vote-getters among AL outfielders, Judge is having a phenomenal bounce-back year after spending most of the 2020 season on the injured list. Through 62 games, he has compiled a slash line of .283/.381/.520 with 15 home runs, 36 runs, and 35 RBI. He is the second leading vote-getter at his position, with his 538,448 votes making up 11% of the total vote among AL outfielders.

 

3. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: 400,202 votes

 

Widely considered to be one of the best players in all of baseball, Betts continues his dominance in 2021 after helping the Dodgers win the World Series and finishing second in NL MVP voting in 2020. The star outfielder is currently slashing .258/.371/.462 with eight home runs, 40 runs, 25 RBI, and six steals through 57 games. He is the fourth leading vote-getter among NL outfielders, with his 400,202 votes comprising 8% of the total vote at the position.

 

4. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins: 383,178 votes

 

Despite working through a hip injury that has sidelined Buxton for over a month, the Twins’ star outfielder is still getting the respect he deserves from fans after putting up MVP-caliber numbers to begin the season. In 24 games played, Buxton is slashing .370/.408/.772 with nine home runs, 19 runs, 17 RBI, and five steals. He currently sits at third among all AL outfielders in all-star votes with 383,178, making up 8% of all votes at the position.

 

5. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox: 177,320 votes

 

The star shortstop has been incredible all year as he looks to earn his first all-star nod. Through 53 games, Anderson has compiled a slash line of .311/.350/.443 with six home runs, 39 runs, 25 RBI, and 13 steals. He is the third leading vote-getter at his position, with his 177,320 votes making up 11% of the total vote among AL shortstops.

 

6. Michael Brantley, Houston Astros: 166,298 votes

 

The 13-year vet just seems to get better with age. After missing the all-star game in his first five seasons in the majors, he’s appeared in every all-star game played since 2017 and plans to return this season. Through 47 games, he is slashing .340/.383/.497 with three home runs, 30 runs, and 21 RBI. He sits at ninth in votes among all AL outfielders with 166,298, comprising 3% of the total vote al the position.

 

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 9)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 9)

Marcus Semien was a man possessed throughout the entire month of May. He was in a zone that landed him the American League Player of the Month award after leading all of baseball in hits, OBP, and WAR. 

That earns him the top spot on Week 9 of our #High Five list.

 

1. Marcus Semien 

Semien made a strong case to be the American League starter at 2nd base in next month’s Summer Classic All-Star Game in Denver.  He launched eight home runs, tied for 3rd in the league with 23 runs scored, and led all of baseball with 42 hits, a 1.130 OPS. and a 2.3 WAR.

He made sure to close out the month on a high note by hitting .417 with seven runs and six walks in his last seven games.  He even extended his hit streak to 10 games after recording a hit and two runs in Wednesday’s game against Jazz Chisholm and the Miami Marlins.

 

 

The Blue Jays are migrating out of Florida and have begun playing games in Buffalo; bringing them a little closer to the Toronto faithful.  Semien will look to keep the party going a little higher up on the east coast.

 

2. Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton has helped bring some much-needed sauce and energy to the South Side of Chicago.  Injuries have riddled their outfield yet Hamilton’s play has been exemplary and a key reason why Chicago is holding fort atop the American League Central.

 

 

Hamilton is known for being one of the greatest base stealers of our generation but flexed his power this past weekend by hitting his first two home runs of the season in back-to-back games against Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles. He’s come a long way since his minor-league base saga.

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Tuesday Hamilton gave us one of the most exciting plays of the year when he hit a little league home run against the Indians.  It was ultimately scored a double with a few errors, but at the end of the day, he made it around the bases with one swing.  

He crushed a ball to the right center field wall and dashed around the bases.  After a throw to the catcher was misplayed, Billy charged into home plate and scored after diving headfirst.  He earned a bloody lip and swollen face for his efforts but he needed every ounce of speed in order to get in safely.

Hamilton and MLBbro teammate Tim Anderson will lead the White as they look to dominate the Tigers during their upcoming weekend series at home.

 

3. Taijuan Walker Mets 

Taijuan Walker ranks 4th in MLB with a .184 ERA.  He’s surrendered just one run in his last 22 innings entering Thursday night against San Diego and MLBbros Trent Grisham and Tommy Pham. Fly Tai has been a consistent force almost every time out, allowing just 10 runs in 49 innings entering Thursday. If the Mets said they knew they were getting a potential Cy Young candidate when they picked up Walker to be a solid piece in the rotation, they’d be lying.

 

 

But that’s exactly how the melanated mound marauder is dealing. 

4. Tommy Pham 

Speaking of Tommy Pham, after a slow start he’s really found a groove and his veteran presence has been a big part in the San Diego Padres fight for the National League West crown early on this year.  

In his last seven games, Pham’s recorded nine hits and four RBI while posting a .321 batting average.

 

 

Last Saturday night he went 2 for 4 with two walks, a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, and got to take home the biggest gold chain in baseball, the Padres swag chain which is earned after players go deep.

5. Cedric Mullins

The Baltimore center fielder has been one of the most consistent players in baseball through the first two months.  He has hits in nine of his last 10 games with a .333 batting average during his current run.  

 

Mullins was a huge factor in the Orioles’ two-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.  He began their game Wednesday with a leadoff triple on his way to going 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base.  This week he reached 100 total bases in a season for the first time in his career and he still has a long way to go.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players Week 8

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players Week 8

Two MLB bros from the Nation’s capital have been making headlines with their plate and field performances. 

Washington Nationals‘ first baseman Josh Bell takes the top spot in this week’s #HighFive list that also features his longtime teammate Josh Harrison.

 

1. Josh Bell

The former Pittsburgh Pirate has seen his numbers rise after a slow start to the 2021 season.  In his last seven games, Bell is batting .385 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI while slugging .654.  Just this past Monday, Bell was featured on our “Home Boi Highlights” segment for his performance last week, when he batted .429. 

 

 

The former All-Star was traded to the Nationals in December with hopes of him helping to get them back to the World Series.  He has worked his way into the three-hole spot in the lineup and in a competitive National League East could be the difference in whether or not they make the playoffs.

 

2. Marcus Semien

I do not think anyone had a better month of May than Marcus Semien.  He leads all of baseball with 35 hits this month after hitting back-to-back home runs with his double play partner Bo Bichette in game 1 of the Blue Jays doubleheader Thursday.  

In the last seven games, Semien has hit three home runs, slugged 742, and almost hit for the cycle in last Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 

This season Semien is making the statement that he is the best 2nd baseman in baseball.  His 13 home runs and 31 RBI lead all second baseman by a wide margin.

 

 

3. Josh Harrison

One of the most exciting bros in baseball makes his well-deserved first appearance on our #Hig Five list this season.  Josh Harrison hit a huge grand slam last Saturday that had the DMV going crazy.  He has 7 hits in his last 21 at-bats while driving in five runs. 

 

 

Harrison owned the Orioles in their three-game winning series batting .500 to power a clean sweep of their Beltway Series rival.

 

4. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is probably going yard as I write this list because he’s been on fire. As a matter of fact, there it goes, a two-run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays to tie Thursday night’s game at 3-3 and help propel the Yankees to a crucial 5-3 win. Judge executed his role as a stopper to perfection, helping the Yankees salvage the last game of a three-game series. 

 

 

During his recent hot streak Judge has been more than a home run hitter, even walking off for a win, via the base on ball. 

In his last seven games entering Thursday, the Fresno State alum was batting .348 and walked four times, which is always good to see from a power hitter. His contact-first philosophy has fueled his elevation towards the Top 10 in American League batting leaders. He doesn’t have any room for regression, especially with Twin Tower and MLB bro teammate Giancarlo Stanton still on the shelf.

 

5. Kyle Lewis

After missing the beginning of the 2021 season with a leg injury, it has taken last year’s American League Rookie of the Year a few weeks to find his groove. But he’s getting ready to start dancing like Mike soon.  

 

 

He had both a .400+ OBP and slugging percentage in his last seven games and recorded at least one hit in six of them.  

He’s shown flashes of power this season including the bomb he hit on Monday in Oakland. His bat flip only warrants a 7/10 rating and will be looking for him to impress us a little more when he connects on his next one.