Top 12 MLBbros On The Come Up | The Future Of The Bro Patrol Is Bright Like The Sun

Top 12 MLBbros On The Come Up | The Future Of The Bro Patrol Is Bright Like The Sun

Here are 12 young MLBbros to look out for in the future.

1. “Money” Michael Harris II

Atlanta native Michael Harris II entered this season as the Braves top ranked prospect and could finish as the National League Rookie of The Year. Harris is one of the youngest players in the Majors and looks like the second coming of Ken Griffey Jr.  with the combination of skills, he brings to both sides of the ball.

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He was the best player on last year’s World Series winning team and is only one home run away from finishing with a 20 home runs and 20 steals while accounting for 64 RBI and a .296 batting average.

2. Triston “Dr.Sticks” McKenzie

Triston McKenzie put the title of “Ace” next to his name after his 2022 coming out party. He reached a different level this season, particularly after the All-Star Break, raking up 11 quality starts in a row since August 7th.

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He finished the year in the top 10 for both ERA (2.96) and strikeouts (190) while his .201 batting average against is the seventh lowest throughout Major League Baseball.

3. Hunter Greene

Hunter Greene is Major League Baseball’s biggest gas thrower. He threw 300 pitches this season over 100 MPH, the most in the league by nearly 200! Greene was drafted second overall by the Reds as a Two-Way player in the 2017 draft but after Tommy John surgery he became pitching exclusively.

He finished this season with 154 strikeouts and a 4.44 ERA.

4. Nick Gordon

Nick Gordon took a huge step forward this season: raising all his numbers at the plate in his first full Major League season.

This year he slashed .271/.316/.430 with nine home runs and 48 RBI. Last year’s same statline had him at .240/.292/.355 with four homers and 23 RBI.

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Gordon also made a smooth transition from infielder to full-time outfielder, filling in as a solid replacement for his teammate, 2022 All-Star Byron Buxton.

5. “King” Vaughn Grissom

Vaughn Grissom is another one of the Baby Braves that got thrown right into the line of fire and showed signs of being a superstar.

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Grissom played a big role for the Braves this year, taking over the second base position for Ozzie Albes after he suffered an injury.

He was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer over the Green Monster and a  stolen base in his Major League debut and has a .290 average with five home runs this season.

6. Josiah Gray

Josiah Gray is the future of the Nationals and gave fans a glimpse into what could be a promising future featuring him and shortstop C.J. Abrams, who was acquired by Washington in a trade for Juan Soto.

In his first full Major League season Gray had three games with at least 10 strikeouts, 154 total K’s, a 7-10 record and 2.39 batting average against.

7. C.J. Abrams

C.J. Abrams is on fire to end the 2022 season and gives Nationals fans hope that they will return to the playoffs sooner rather than later.

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Over his last 15 games, Abrams is batting .316 with 18 hits, seven runs scored, four steals and had a walk-off single to beat the Atlanta Braves.

8. Bubba Thompson

Bubba Thompson has a legitimate chance to steal 50 bases next season when the league expands bases.

This year in Triple-A he stole 49 bases and was only caught three times.

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Since his call-up to the Majors in August, he already has 18.

However, do not think Thompson does not bring power to the plate, he had 29 home runs and 100 RBI in two Minor League seasons.

9. Kyle Lewis

Lewis won the American League Rookie of the Year award in the Covid 2020 season but has not been able to piggyback off that success due to injuries. He suffered a Torn ACL last season, the same ACL he had repaired back in 2016. Since then, Lewis has not been able to secure a role on the Mariners who are going to the playoffs for the first time in 21-years.

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He batted a woeful .143 in the Majors this season, which must be improved if he wants another shot in the Bigs.

10. Jordan Hicks

In his career, flame throwing reliever Jordan Hicks has thrown the second most pitches over 102 MPH in the statcast era, only trailing Aroldis Chapman. The Cardinals wanted to see Hicks in a starting role this season, but it looks like they think he can do his best work out of the bullpen. Injuries to his neck and arm recently landed him on the Injured List but after a bullpen session he may be Activated for the Wild Card Series.

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In 60.1 innings Hicks has a 4.92 ERA and 63 strikeouts.

11. Akil Baddoo

Baddoo Mania took over the Majors in his rookie year, but the dreaded sophomore slump caught up to him, leading to him being sent to the Minors. After batting .259 with 13 home runs last year, he is only at .207 and two bombs for 2023.

He has found his stride at the plate recently, hitting .286 in his last seven games.

12. Chuckie Robinson

Chuckie Robinson is a Black catcher in the Major Leagues, something we have not seen often throughout Major League history. The third generation catcher for the Cincinnati Reds was first called up to fill the extra roster spot made for the “Field of Dreams” Game but made his debut on August 24th. Robinson has two home runs this season, including a game-tying two-run shot in the bottom of the 7th Wednesday night.

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Did MLB Finally Find The Next Ken Griffey Jr. In Atlanta Braves MLBbro Michael Harris II?

Did MLB Finally Find The Next Ken Griffey Jr. In Atlanta Braves MLBbro Michael Harris II?

LOS ANGELES – Michael Harris II looks like he will be one special talent.

He was drafted in the third round by the Braves in the 2019 draft, and spent three years in their farm system. He was tearing it up in the beginning of this year’s AA minor league season with the Mississippi Braves, posting a .305/.372/.506 statline, earning him an instant promotion to the majors on May 28th.

So far, his time in Atlanta has been successful, with a .310 batting average, with 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 16 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .350, and a slugging percentage of .551. 

 

While his offense has been off the charts, the main reason Atlanta brought him up so soon is because of how stellar he is with the glove in the outfield. He is a human highlight reel.

The sensational catches, the incredible arm, and the electric speed that he has to cover so much ground makes him the scarce five-tool player.

On an already stacked lineup with players like Ronald Acuña, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Matt Olson, etc., it would have been easy for him to just take a backseat within the star studded clubhouse, but Harris has other ideas. He has made himself a league-wide name, getting recognition of his terrific play since day one.

So far, he has the best odds to win NL Rookie of the Year, with his fellow teammate Spencer Strider not too far behind. Either way, it is a lock that the award is returning to Atlanta.

Besides all the on-field tools that he brings, Harris has an electric swag to his game that makes him all that much better. He has such a smooth swing, and carries himself with such a cool swagger when he does simple things like running the bases, or the big, flashy chain he wears with his uniform. He just has that “it” factor. All that will remind you of one Hall of Famer in particular: Ken Griffey Jr.

The Braves see the special player that Harris is, as they locked him down to a long term extension less than three months after his debut. He agreed to an 8-year, $72 million contract on August 17th. They were already the defending champs, and now they get to keep another stud for a long time. The rich keep getting richer.

 

 

The Braves’ stellar young core that will keep them playing in October for years to come. They have done an incredible job of not just drafting and developing talent, but also locking that young talent down for several years to keep the core together. 

With less than 20 games to go in the regular season, the Braves will be dancing this October, as they will be one of the favorites. They have the chance to be the first team in over 20 years to repeat as champions, with the 1999-2000 Yankees being the last team to do so. If they do end up achieving that milestone, expect Harris to be a key reason for any success they have this postseason, and for the next several years.

Dusty Baker Is Feeling Late Bloomer Taylor Jones | The 27-Year-Old Rookie Is A Tall Order

Dusty Baker Is Feeling Late Bloomer Taylor Jones | The 27-Year-Old Rookie Is A Tall Order

Taylor Jones ladies and gentleman, he’s an MLBbro you should get familiar with.

The Houston Astros have a rookie on their team that can ball. And if you look for him on the field, you can’t miss him.

Standing 6-foot-7,  Jones is a tall order and he knows how to utilize his frame well.

It took him a minute to get to The Show, but the first baseman is starting to make a name for himself, especially this month. His numbers are very impressive.

 

 

In his last seven games, this brother is hitting .368 with a home run, six RBI, and five runs scored.

Jones is making the most of his time on that field and the way he’s been performing lately, the Astros will have to keep him in the fold and consider him as a strong option as the team might lose a foundation piece and solid bat  (a trade of Carlos Correa maybe?) in the near future.

The Astros’ minor league system has produced some All-world talent over the last decade including Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Jones can play an important role for the Astros as they look to lock up a playoff spot this season.

Everybody knew Jones was next up, it was just a matter of time before he was able to crack an offensively stout Astros lineup.

 

One thing about Jones is he’s versatile. Now his primary position is first base, but he can play other positions as well.

That was the case for him on August 21st against his hometown team.

Going up against the Seattle Mariners that day, Jones thought he would be starting in his primary position.

It was about an hour before the game when we got news the lineup was switched up,” Jones told the Houston Chronicle. “All my preparation was for first base. I just tried to get out there and make the plays and do what you can out there.”

 

 

Jones got the starting nod in left field that game and he had his best performance of the season.

He went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored. The 27-year-old was a single away from the cycle.

That performance right there let the league know that Jones is all about business.

“(I) opened up the stance a little bit, (to) try to get my direction a little bit more toward the pitcher,” Jones said. “I was kind of swinging open before the adjustment, kind of spinning out of the box. Now I’m a little bit more direct and a little cleaner path with the swing.”

Making adjustments is a necessary part of the game and can be a turning point for some players’ careers.

Jones understood that he had to make changes in his batting stance in order to see success. And so far it’s working.

He is on a three-game hitting streak and Astros manager Dusty Baker is liking what he’s seeing in Jones.

“He’s swinging the bat great. He’s corrected some flaws that prohibited him in the past from getting to certain pitches,” Baker said. “He’s worked hard. He’s had a good attitude the whole time — been up and down, up and down. He’s a fine young man who is trying to stay here.”

From 2016 to 2019 and a little bit of this year, Jones was playing in the minors. After this season, he could be a mainstay in the majors if he continues to impress on the field.