The Bro Show In Minnesota Has The Twin Cities Shaking | Big Bux, Nick The Quick, Web Master M.A.T. On The Job

The Bro Show In Minnesota Has The Twin Cities Shaking | Big Bux, Nick The Quick, Web Master M.A.T. On The Job

LOS ANGELES – The Minnesota Twins have had a terrific start to their 2023 campaign, sitting at 6-3 atop the AL Central, and they have three bros to thank for much of that early success. 

 

 

Byron Buxton: Saving Big Bux 

 

Byron Buxton has been cooking on the offensive end to start the season. He’s been the team’s leadoff man in the last four games, where he’s been batting .324, with one home run, three RBI, an on-base percentage of .361, and a slugging percentage of .500. He’s also managed to score seven runs, which leads his team.

He’s not new to hot starts, just staying healthy.  So Minnesota is taking calculated steps to minimize its franchise player’s potential for injury.

 

 

 

So far this season is that Buxton hasn’t played a single game in his usual centerfield position, as all eight of his games have been as the designated hitter. 

 

Michael A. Taylor 

 

Michael A. Taylor was traded over the offseason from their division rivals in the Kansas City Royals, and his impact has already been crucial. Taylor is not known for his bat, as he currently has a .194 batting average, and a career average of .241, but is known as one of MLB’s better outfielders, winning a Gold Glove back in 2021.

 

 

 

 

Taylor is an exceptional web master int he outfield with World Series cache, so his presence is why the Twins are more willing to play Buxton at DH, with manager Rocco Baldetti telling reporters during spring training that the plan is to ease Buxton into the outfield. 

The team still gets a gold glover to captain centerfield and now have a chance to keep the face of the franchise healthy throughout the season.

 

 

Nick Gordon (Of Baseball’s Royal Gordon Family)

 

With Luis Arraez, who won the 2022 AL batting title, getting traded to the Marlins over the offseason, it meant that Nick Gordon would be relied on more heavily. The first-round pick back in 2014 had a very solid 2022 season, with a .272/.316/.427 slash line, to go with nine home runs and 50 RBI. 

 

 

Gordon’s off to a slow start with the bat, as he has a .091 batting average. Even with his slump, Gordon adds so much value as he can play almost anywhere on the diamond. He played every position last season except for first base and right field, even logging in four games on the mound. This year, he’s played both second base and left field, continuing to have his versatility utilized.

 

The Twins play in one of the weaker divisions in the MLB, and they have a good amount of firepower in addition to the Bros, both at the plate, and on the mound. Plus, fellow MLBbro Royce Lewis, who was sensational in the 12 games he played last season, is expected to be back for the second half of the season. If all goes according to plan, Minnesota can be back playing October baseball and try to win a playoff series for the first time since 2002.

MLBbro Michael A. Taylor On the Move From Kansas City To Minnesota In Offseason Deal

MLBbro Michael A. Taylor On the Move From Kansas City To Minnesota In Offseason Deal

In offseason baseball news, World Series champion and outfielder Michael A. Taylor has been traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Minnesota Twins for pitching prospects Evan Sisk and Steven Cruz. This will be the third team for the World Series champion. He played the last two seasons with the Royals after seven with the Washington Nationals.

 

 

While being widely known as an immaculate defensive player, his .254/.313/.357 hitting slash with nine home runs and 43 RBI last season shows that his offense will be helpful for the Twins as well next year. MLBbro.com was monitoring his improvement on the offensive side last year starting with a hot start on opening day as MLBro.com content writer Malik Wright covers here… 

 

 

Taylor is primarily a center fielder and a smart investment plan to back up fellow MLBbro Byron Buxton whose injuries have hampered him to the point that he has not played more than 92 games but once in his career. Michael A. Taylor’s presence will play a big part in the franchise’s overall resting program for Buxton which brought criticism from the fans last season.

 

Michael A. Taylor An All-Around Player

Taylor came into his own on offense back in 2017, hitting .271 with 19 dingers, knocking in 53 runs with an impressive OPS of .806. But his 2021 Gold Glove winning efforts gives Minnesota three outfielders on the roster with Gold Glove awards in Byron “Big Bux” Buxton (2017) and Joey Gallo (2020 and 2021).

Even though, reports consider Taylor a fourth outfielder and insurance policy for Buxton, we should see him plenty next season. He’s too good for the Twins to waste him on the bench. His ability to get a good read and jump on balls and be able to climb walls to rob extra base hits and homers placed him in the top five outfield assists in the AL during his time in Kansas City over two years.

 

 

The Minnesota Twins have acquired maybe the best under the radar acquisition so far this offseason.   

#HIGHFIVE | MLBbro Aaron Judge Is the Top Shotta This Week

#HIGHFIVE | MLBbro Aaron Judge Is the Top Shotta This Week

Aaron Judge continues to add to what will be considered one of the greatest seasons in Major League history after blasting his 55th home run of the year. The MLBbro Bronx Bomber takes the top spot in Week 22 of our #HighFive list.

1. Aaron Judge

With four home runs this week Aaron Judge’s total now sits at 55, just seven away from breaking former Yankee Roger Maris’ record of 61 which is the most by an American League player in a single season.

Judge looks smarter after each passing day for betting on himself and not signing an extension before the season began.

He put up solid numbers and avoided the injury bug last season, but I do not think anyone could have predicted we would be witnesses to one of the greatest regular seasons ever for a New York Yankee.

Judge’s 55th homer of the year came during the first game of their Wednesday double header against the Twins. He got the Yankees on the board after trailing 3-0 in the 4th inning in a game they would go on to win 5-4. In the second game of the double header Judge stole his career-high 16th base, which is the second most for any Yankee this season.

VIDEO: Aaron Judge Bet On Himself & Won MLBbro Big This Season

This week he batted .381 with five RBI, a 1.048 slugging percentage while drawing nine walks.

His Yankees are set to matchup against their divisional rivals the Rays this weekend in a series that will have implications on the playoffs.

2. Michael Harris II

“Money” Michael Harris II took home the National League Player of the Month award for August after hitting .337 with 15 RBI, 12 doubles, four home runs and stealing five bases.

If he was in the Majors for the entire year Harris would have easily accomplished a 30/30 season, something I think we will see from him in 2023 and for years to come.

In addition to wanting to help his Braves beat out the Mets for the N.L. East crown Harris II will be fighting with his teammate, rookie Spencer Strider for the National League Rookie of the Year award.

If they both stay hot, they will be the first pair of teammates to finish first and second in voting for the award since Craig Kimbriel and Freddie Freeman did it for the Braves back in 2011.

3. Michael A. Taylor

Michael A. Taylor was a force at the plate last week as he mashed his way into being named Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlight. Against the Tigers Taylor was 6-for-13 including a three-hit day Sunday. Taylor is batting .370 over his last seven games and for the year has his average at .272. His 2.1 Defensive WAR is the highest for any Major League outfielder this year.

4. C.J. Abrams

C.J. Abrams is beginning to heat up for the first time since switching coast as he takes the fourth spot on our #HighFive List.

Abrams had the first four hit game of his career on Labor Day and he is starting to show signs of life after a slow start in D.C. He is 7-for-20 with a .350 average over his last seven games. That after starting his tenure as a Washington National a dismal 7-for-50. Abrams was a major piece in the Josh Bell and Juan Soto trade.

His emergence and ability to find success will be important as the Nationals look to avoid what could be a long rebuild.

5. Mookie Betts

It could be said that Mookie Betts has been better this season than he was in 2018 when he took home the American League MVP award. His 33 home runs are a career-high and a team-high. The LA Dodgers party starter also leads the team in slugging percentage, runs and OPS.

In addition to those home runs Betts has 74 RBI, 12 steals. His 105 runs scored are only five behind Aaron Judge for the Major League lead.