MLBbro Rookie Money Mike Harris Gets The Bag From Atlanta Braves

MLBbro Rookie Money Mike Harris Gets The Bag From Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has been adamant about making long term commitments to pieces that he feels are critical to the Braves future, and our young MLBbro Michael Harris II was the latest to reap the benefits.

In a move that surprised many (Harris is still under his rookie deal), Harris signed an eight-year extension worth $72 million, with a two-year club option that could push the deal to 10-years, $102 million. Harris has shined since he was called up, and the Braves clearly wanted to send a message that he is indeed a part of their core. 

Harris is hitting .287 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI, while being a perfect 13-for-13 on stolen bases. Not only has Harris performed at the plate, but he has been one of the best defensive centerfielders in the game since the day he stepped foot in The Bigs. 

There is always skepticism whenever players sign what appear to be team friendly deals, but the Braves have developed a formula that both rewards young players while positioning the franchise to win for years to come. 

The deal signed by Harris is the third highest guarantee in MLB history for a player with less than one full year of service time. The second? Fellow Braves outfielder Ronnie Acuna Jr.’s eight-year, $100 million deal. 

The deal is a win for both parties involved, mainly because it avoids two pre-arbitration years and four years of arbitration for a player who is clearly outpacing his current deal. When you look at the current situation with Aaron Judge and the Yankees, this is a win for all parties involved. Rewarding a young player at this point shows him how invested you are in them going forward. 

The Braves have invested in one of the best young cores in baseball, locking up outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr, second baseman Ozzie Albies, first baseman Matt Olson, third baseman Austin Riley and now Harris all until at least 2025. With such a diverse core, Atlanta now has positioned itself to be extremely aggressive this offseason. 

Shortstop Dansby Swanson, another home-grown prospect, is a free agent this offseason and will be a hot commodity. Do the Braves resign Dansby or go shopping in a loaded free agent market that includes Platinum Glove winner Carlos Correa?

If they don’t want to spend on Correa, they have another young MLBbro in Vaughn Grissom who has also shown he’s ready for the show. Grissom has played second base with the absence of Albies, but his presence provides even more flexibility for the Braves. 

The options seem to be endless for Atlanta but seeing Money Mike manning centerfield is a lock for the foreseeable future. 

Marcus Stroman Meets Josiah Gray In The Clash Of Melanated Mound Marauders

Marcus Stroman Meets Josiah Gray In The Clash Of Melanated Mound Marauders

Today, two of our MLBbros will take the mound against each other in a NL battle. The Chicago Cubs take on the Washington Nationals. And that means there will be a bro starting on the mound for each team, as Marcus Stroman and Josiah Gray will square off.

This will be an exciting matchup between the two, even though both teams don’t have the best record. You better believe whenever these two make a start, they’re going to do their best to put their team in a position to win the game.

Both pitchers made their last start against the opposing team.

 

Stroman pitched on August 9, going five innings, striking out six and giving up four earned runs and Gray threw on the 10th, giving up two earned runs while striking out five.

They both earned a no decision during each game.

Well, today one of these brothers can earn a win and add it to their resume this season. Both of these pitchers have made a name for themselves during their careers, and they have represented well for the MLBbros.

Let’s take a look at how each one has performed this season.

Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs

Stroman is in his eighth season and his first one with the Cubs. Numbers wise, the 2022 season has not been one of his best, but Stroman has still had some impressive outings this year.

 

 

Back in May, he was lights out against the Milwaukee Brewers. He threw seven innings of shutout baseball, only allowing two hits while striking out five as he picked up the win. Don’t let the 3-5 record fool you, Stroman can still go out there and control the game from the mound.

He’s done that multiple times throughout his career, especially early on when he got to the big leagues.

Stroman will look to pick up his first win during August and let’s see if he can continue his streak of striking out six or more batters. He’s done so in his last two starts.

Josiah Gray, Washington Nationals

Gray has not been in the league long, but he’s already showing why he’s a pitcher you need to keep your eyes on.

 

 

In his second season, he’s shown tremendous improvement on the mound, and you can see that he’s more comfortable and confident too. The 24-year-old is getting a lot of experience early on in his career and that will only help him as his career progresses.

 

 

This year, Gray has owned teams on the mound. Back on July 6 he had one of his best performances of his career against the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw six innings striking out a career-high 11 batters and gave up two runs while he secured the win. Gray could finish the season with double-digit wins, which would be very impressive.

This matchup between Stroman and Gray could be a back-and-forth game as both pitchers could wreak havoc for opposing hitters.

These Three MLBbros Came Out Smoking After The All-Star Break

These Three MLBbros Came Out Smoking After The All-Star Break

Aaron Judge, Cedric Mullins and Mookie Betts are three of the hottest players in the Majors post All-Star break.  Here is a look at their numbers and a preview of what’s ahead for them over the last two months.

1. Aaron Judge

Statistically, Aaron Judge’s 2022 could end up being the greatest regular season for a New York Yankee in their franchise’s history and he has shown little signs of slowing down during the first few weeks of the second half.

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He ended July by being unanimously voted for his fourth career American League Player of the Month award after slashing .333/.446/.806 with 32 RBI and 13 home runs including the 200th of his career a few Saturdays ago.

 

Judge began August on pace to hit 67 home runs which would be the most in a single season since Sammy Sosa hit 66 in 2001 and the most by a Yankee since Babe Ruth had 60 in 1927.

Coming down the stretch, the Major League leader in home runs is going to have to stay locked in not only for his pursuit of a record amount of home runs, but also so his Yankees can earn the top seed in the American League.

His outfield mate and fellow MLBbro Aaron Hicks is 0-for-29 since his last hit on July 27, newly acquired Andrew Benintendi has just two hits in 25 plate appearances as a Yankee and Giancarlo Stanton is dealing with an Achilles injury that will be worth watching as we inch closer towards fall.

2. Cedric Mullins

Cedric Mullins set the tone for the Baltimore Orioles after an emotional trade deadline that saw locker room favorite Trey Mancini sent off to Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros.

In his first swing, he muscled an opposite field home run to the left field foul pole at GlobeLife Field.

That hit re-energized the entire roster as they would go on to sweep Texas to begin what is now an undefeated month of August.

Mullins, who last season became the first Baltimore Orioles player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season is now the clear cut captain and catalyst of Major League Baseball’s biggest surprise team.

His O’s came into Sunday just one game out of the final American League Wild Card spot and will have plenty of chances down the stretch against other contending teams to earn their first playoff berth since losing to the Blue Jays in the 2016 Wild Card Game.

Even though the home run pop is not there this season Mullins is still one of the most solid players in the game on both sides of the field.

He is going to eclipse the 30 steal mark for the second season in a row while setting a new career high and he ranks in the top 15 for hits in the American League.

3. Mookie Betts

Everyone in baseball is looking forward to a possible October matchup between the star-studded Los Angeles Dodgers and the league’s newest “super team” the San Diego Padres who just added MLBbro Josh Bell along with All-Stars Juan Soto and Josh Hader.


Amongst all that talent, the biggest difference maker will be the man who has reminded folks he is still a top three player in the game, Mookie Betts.

Betts is having some of the most fun he has had since his time in a Dodger uniform began.

In addition to DJing in the locker room after victories and some wild home run celebrations Betts, whose 25 home runs put him in the top five in the National League and his 78 runs scored first, has his Dodgers with the best record in the Majors and 9-1 in their last 10.

Over his last 15 games, Betts is batting .299 with nine RBI, four home runs and a stolen base.

Yankees Outfielder Aaron Hicks Still Has Time To Make This Season A Career Year

Yankees Outfielder Aaron Hicks Still Has Time To Make This Season A Career Year

Aaron Hicks could be the X-Factor for the Yankees, if he can turn things around at the plate

Aaron Hicks is in his seventh year with the New York Yankees and he is still looking for his first World Series title.

This could be the year that he checks that accomplishments off the list. The Yankees have been one of the most dominant teams all season and will look to continue that dominance headed into the postseason.

But the big question is will New York be able to get it done when it counts the most? The Yankees will definitely need everyone playing their A game. And Hicks is a player who will need to step up.

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The 32-year-old recently struggled at the plate, going hitless in 29 at-bats. He was able to erase that slump on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, recording two hits in his first two at-bats.

Something he and the Yankees were waiting to see.

His recent offensive performance against the Cardinals could be the start of something good.

If he can get things going for himself at the plate again, the Yankees lineup will be that much of a threat to opposing teams.

 

Hicks is a solid defender too and can track down balls with the best of them. Add to that his success at the plate and you have a player who can play a big role in helping the Yankees win its first World Series title since 2009.

At the beginning of the season, Hicks was batting at the top of the lineup, but as the season progressed, he found himself moving down the lineup.

He did have a hot streak at the plate during the beginning of July. Hicks had a five-game hitting streak going and hits in six of his last seven games.

The centerfielder was seeing the ball well at the plate, but he had a brief setback back on July 12.

He fouled a ball off his shin during an at-bat and exited the game.

“I was just hoping it wasn’t broken or some kind of fracture or something,” Hicks said in an article from The New York Post.

“I’m feeling better today,” he said a few days after the incident. “I had trouble walking [Tuesday]. But today it’s a little bit better. I got more flexion in my ankle. I’m able to actually move it up and down. So it’s better.”

He was disappointed with the minor injury because of the success he was having at the plate.

“It’s frustrating,” Hicks said. “It sucks, because I felt good at the plate. An injury like this, it’ll kind of stop you from doing what you love and slows everything down.”

The good thing was that Hicks did not miss any significant time but when he returned to the lineup, that’s when the struggles started. WFAN;s say the Yankees even almost traded Hicks Unfortunately, there will be times where you have slumps at the plate, but it’s all about how you bounce back from it.

And Hicks will certainly do whatever he can do to help his team win games and put them in a good position to come out on top when it’s all said and done.