Giancarlo Stanton has been the hottest hitter on the hottest team on the planet as he has his Yankees back in playoff contention. For that, he takes the top spot on Week 20 of our #HighFive list.
1. Giancarlo Stanton
Since the trade deadline last month the Yankees have been one of the best teams in baseball and that’s in large part due to the play of former National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton took the number four spot on our #HighFive list last week, but climbed into the top spot after hitting four home runs with eight RBI, a .348 batting average and .957 slugging percentage.
A big double for Giancarlo Stanton! The man’s on fire! pic.twitter.com/cMTw103Za9
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 24, 2021
Entering Thursday Stanton has recorded hits in 12 out of 13 games and he torched the Atlanta Braves pitching staff during their quick two game series, including roping a two-run double down the left field line in the 6th inning of Monday’s game to break a 1-1 tie.
Giancarlo Stanton talks about the mood in the Yankees' clubhouse during this 10-game winning streak
"When we're feeding off each other like that, we just gotta keep pushing and keep this going" pic.twitter.com/nhKPZswbB8
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) August 24, 2021
Stanton has made the move from full time Designated Hitter to playing Left field in order to get the best out of what now is a deep Yankees roster, and his ability to not be a liability on defense has been just as key as his play with the bat in his hand.
Giancarlo Stanton hits a HR to right field to put the Yankees on the board first! 💥
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 23, 2021
This weekend Stanton and his Yankees will play four against Bay Area Bros Josh Harrison and Tony Kemp in Oakland.
2. Marcus Semien
The American League starter at second base in this year’s All-Star Game deserves to take home an American League Silver Slugger award this season. Marcus Semien takes the number two spot on this week’s #High/Five list after putting on a power display Wednesday.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) August 26, 2021
Semien gave Blue Jays fans a show when he hit two home runs in a three hit performance during Thursday’s game, giving him 32 on the season.
Over his last seven games Semien is batting .276 with a .621 slugging percentage and five RBI as Toronto sits just five games back of a spot in the Wild Card play-in game.
SEMI SLUGS 😤
It's a FIVE-run inning 👀 pic.twitter.com/Ld0PtTRsXZ
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 26, 2021
Semien and his Blue Jays are heading to Motown for a series against the Detroit Tigers and Rookie of the Year candidate Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo.
3. Tim Anderson
The hero of the Field of Dreams Game takes the number three spot on our Week 20 #HighFive list.
Tim Anderson has recorded his in 11 of his last 12 games with seven of those being multi-hit performances including getting three in four different games.
Anderson has a batting average of .375 with six RBI, a home run and 12 total hits over his last seven games.
He dealt with a few Injury List stints earlier this season, but for the most part has been one of the most consistent players in the Majors while helping his White Sox cruise into the final month of the season with a lead in the American League Central.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 21, 2021
He is currently 7th spot in the MLB Batting Title race and his .303 batting average is the highest for any shortstop in baseball.
This weekend TA7 AKA “Timmy Spice” will participate in the Battle for Chi-Town as his White Sox take on the Cubs.
4. Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge seems to always find himself on our #High/Five list and each honor has been well earned as he has been a legitimate American League MVP throughout the entire season.
— Yankee Alex (@YankeeAlex_) August 24, 2021
This week Judge batted .273, hit a home run and drew six walks as his Yankees have been in the win column 11 games in a row.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 24, 2021
During this season Judge and Stanton have been the most important pieces in the Yankees lineup, and they will have to carry the offense over the last month of the season if they want to secure a playoff spot.
These are The Green Light Yankees. Yeah, that includes Aaron Judge. pic.twitter.com/DGMaRdlNEq
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 23, 2021
5. Josh Bell
Josh Bell has quietly had an impressive season despite the overall performance of the Nationals.
He struggled at the beginning of August, but over his last nine games he has seen his average rise a bit.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) August 26, 2021
Bell decided to show he was a savage in the batter’s box Wednesday in sunny South Beach against the Miami Marlins when he hit his twenty first home run of the season to end a shutout and tie the game at two a piece in the seventh inning.
Over his last seven games Bell has six RBI, drawn five walks, hit two home runs and has a .393 on base percentage.
Josh Bell hits a 3-run shot (20) to give the Nationals a 7-5 lead.
— MLB Updates (@MLBNews1234) August 18, 2021
This weekend Bell and his Nationals will travel upstate to New York to take on the Mets where it is likely he will face Black Knight Marcus Stroman on Saturday
This week’s #HighFIVE is highlighted by the American League Player of the Month, a man swinging the hottest bat in baseball, and a player who committed a Bro-on-Bro crime with his grand slam last Saturday.
Byron Buxton was named American League Player of the Month for his MVP-type performance to open the season in April. He hit eight home runs and batted .426 with a .897 slugging percentage while stealing three bases to go along with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored all while playing just 18 games. He set franchise records for the Twins with the highest batting average, slugging percentage and OPS for the months of March and April.
Minnesota Twins outfielder and MLB Bro Byron Buxton had a sensational start to the regular season and capped it with the American League Player of the Month award for April. Read the full story from @thesportsgroove on https://t.co/d5pfLsCroD pic.twitter.com/tTawSomL7Y
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) May 5, 2021
Last Friday night, Buxton reminded us he is still a beast on the defensive side. He made a diving catch then caught another while leaping against the center field wall in a Twins victory over their divisional rivals in Kansas City.
2. Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton has been stunting with his bat on his way to making his first appearance on our #HighFIVE list this season. He has been on a tear and put the league on notice during his current 12-game hitting streak. Stanton has a home run in three straight games for the 17th time in his career and his five go-ahead home runs this season are tied with Fernando Tatís Jr. for the most in baseball.
Stanton has been hitting the cover off the baseball during this run. He has hit 12 batted balls with an exit velocity of 115 plus MPH — the rest of the league has just seven. He’s hit six home runs and knocked in 11, and scored 11 runs as well during the streak.
3. Cedric Mullins
Cedric Mullins has kicked his feet up and gotten comfortable being a part of our High FIVE list this season. He currently third in Major League in hits with 39 and ranks 14th with a .320 batting average.
This week, Mullins made a play that will have him eating free in Baltimore for years to come as his sliding catch in center field helped preserve John Means no-hitter, which was the first solo one by an Orioles pitcher in 50 years.
4. Jack Flaherty
Flaherty is the lone pitcher on this week’s #HighFIVE. In his last start against the Pirates, he struck out a season-high nine batters as he pitched six innings, allowing two runs in a 12-5 Cardinal win. He sits alone at the top of the wins leaderboard with a 5-0 record. Four of his last five appearances have been quality starts and he has posted a 36 to 10 strikeout-to-walk ratio during the season.
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) May 2, 2021
His next start will come Friday night when his Cardinals face the Colorado Rockies.
5. Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson rounds out our High FIVE by taking the fifth spot as his bat has stayed hot since his return from the injured list a few weeks ago. He is batting.298 with four home runs, 15 runs and 12 RBI this season.
Anderson was wanted for committing Bro-on-Bro crime last Saturday afternoon. The former batting champion hit a grand slam off Indians pitcher and fellow MLB Bro Tristen McKenzie.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) May 1, 2021
TA has seven hits and seven RBI in his last six games. Anderson must continue to be a force in the White Sox lineup as they lost several key member of their outfield to injury.
We are through the first month of the 2021 MLB season and have seen the Bro’s impact the game with their bats, glove work, and on the mound. Players have juggled being in the #HIGHFIVE top spot week after week. In Week 4, the original owner of the highest position reclaims his throne after having one of the best performances we have seen this season.
1. Byron Buxton
Byron Buxton has been the MVP of all of baseball when he’s in the lineup. The only thing that can stop this five-tool player is injury –which is the reason why he was left off the list last week.
Since coming back, it’s like he never left, as he capped off his week with a 5-for-5 showing at the plate in Wednesday’s game against the Indians, becoming the first Twins leadoff hitter to accomplish the feat since MLBbro Denard Span did it in 2009.
Buxton had two doubles, two singles and led off the game with a second pitch home run. In his last 3 games, Buxton is 7 for 13 with 4 runs, 3 RBI’s, and a stolen base.
His power game is also doing damage as he is currently tied for the MLB lead in home runs. It is important for him to stay healthy as the Twins are already one of the worst teams in baseball even when he’s doing his human highlight thing on the field.
2. Cedric Mullins
Cedric Mullins has completely changed the trajectory of his career this season as his bat has finally caught up with his defense. He leads the Majors in hits and his .340 Batting Average is good for 9th in the league and is tops for all MLB Bros.
On Monday, Mullins had a career game at the plate against one of the most historic franchises, their rival New York Yankees. Mullins went 3-for-4 with two home runs.
Mullins had a hit in six straight games this week including two three-hit games. It was noted on MLB Network that Harold Reynolds had a talk with Mullins after his first game of the season.
Whatever they discussed has played a part in Mullins quickly becoming one of the best centerfielders in MLB.
3. Jack Flaherty
Jack Flaherty has been known as a stud in St. Louis for the past few years, and it seems like he’s finally beginning to show the rest of the world.
The 25-year-old has been on fire to begin the season.
He currently leads MLB with a 4-0 record and his last start was his best performance of the year. The early NL Cy Young candidate threw 7 innings striking out 6 and allowing 1 run against a Cincinnati Reds team that’s ranked 5th in MLB Team Batting.
Flaherty currently has a strikeout to walk ratio of 27:8. His next start will be Saturday against the Pirates as looks to stay undefeated.
4. Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson takes the 4th spot in this week’s High Five. In his last seven games, Anderson has 12 hits two homers and a .414 batting average. He missed a few games with a hamstring injury but has hit in 8 of 9 games since his return.
The RBI Baseball cover boy will surely be in the running for a batting title this season as he and his White Sox look to bring some hardware to the South Side of Chicago.
5. Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts rounds out our High Five list, but he may have had more fun than any of our other Bro’s as he played a role in a trailer for the new season of Call of Duty Warzone.
On the field, Betts continues to impact the game in a variety of ways. He’s always in the middle of Dodger rallies and has scored 14 runs this year.
He was hit by a pitch in the 9th inning of a game against Seattle which led to him developing a bruise on his forearm, which seemed to hamper his swing a bit before he broke out for his first multi-RBI game of the season on Wednesday.
We are watching something special every time he takes the field. He ranks 5th behind Babe Ruth, Mike Trout, Rogers Hornsby and Barry Bonds for the highest WAR rating per 162 games in Major League history.
MLBbro.com is three weeks into our coverage of the season and a few MLB Bros are putting in serious work and proving why they are among the elite players in the sport.
Injuries held some of our more notable Black Knights back to begin the year, but their presence was felt instantly upon returning to the diamond. Flash, clutch plays, intelligent baserunning, and big-time pitching performances were all on deck.
However, the man who claims the top spot for Week 3 is mesmerizing batters through the power of the durag he dawns under his cap and the all that grease he delivers from his chops.
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 18, 2021
Here’s my #HighFive MLB Bros For Week 3
1. Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman is the definition of Black baseball on the mound. Buck O’Neil is looking down on Stroman proudly and watching him embrace the spirit of the Negro Leagues by taking the MLB by storm, fighting for social justice and leading the charge for his hometown.
The Long Island native has been in our Top 3 each of the first three weeks of the season and is clearly an early candidate for the National League Cy Young award. He is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 20 innings pitched and he’s doing it all with not one, but two durags covering his dreads.
His spice on the mound is unmatched. Sometimes it even pisses people off.
Taunting? I flashed the gold on my glove to MY dugout. Clearly. Not even slightly towards the Rockies dugout. I have nothing but respect for everyone in the league. Stop reaching for clicks while trying to cause controversy. Poo-poo take sir! ? https://t.co/DrQqhD9xJn
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) April 19, 2021
But Stroman has never been one to apologize for wearing his heart and emotions on his sleeve. That same passion that ticks off certain kinds of baseball fans also fueled his improbable rise from undersized shortstop out of Long Island, NY to elite MLB pitcher.
The Gold Glover’s most impressive moment this week came when he fielded a comebacker behind his back and threw out the runner in Colorado. He flashed his elite glove to his teammates, letting them know he makes plays like that for a reason.
2. Tim Anderson
The RBI Baseball 2021 cover boy claims the No. 2 spot in this week’s #HighFive. The former batting champion made a thunderous return to the lineup after missing time with a hamstring injury.
Since reassuming his shortstop position, Anderson is batting .500 (10-for-20) which includes a first-pitch home run on Sunday that left the park before Red Sox fans could show ushers their tickets.
Getting it done early @TimAnderson7 is a 5 tool player and showed off his speed in the 1st inning of today’s game against Boston as he’d go on to score the games first run #MLBBro #MLBBros https://t.co/dfMrsnTjzD
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) April 19, 2021
That was Anderson’s 9th career leadoff home run, which tied his teammate Adam Eaton and Hall-of-Famer Tim Raines for the second-most leadoff bombs in White Sox history.
3. Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts is unquestionably the best Black player in the game and arguably the best all-around player. He finally finds his way into the #HighFive after missing some early action. Betts has won four straight Gold Gloves in right field and he reminded the San Diego Padres that he’s Picasso with the web last Saturday night with a game-saving, diving catch with two runners on.
Mookie’s highlight reel is one of the best you will see, and he always seems to come through in the biggest moments. The two-time World Series champ is a catalyst for the Dodger lineup and seems to be involved with every rally and run-scoring moment. His average sits at .292 with a .914 OPS. and he was ready to put it into gear before suffering another setback. We are hoping he returns to the lineup quickly after being hit in the forearm by a 95 mph heater.
4. Jazz Chisholm
Jazz is already a prominent face of Black baseball and that’s just as much a product of his multi-colored hair, Willie Mays -style baserunning and lightning-quick bat. His captivating smile, speed, chains and euro-stepping across home plate following a home run, gives life to the city of Miami and a young team that is constantly fighting for respect.
https://t.co/DG3CFNUEBb’s @jones_2_1 takes us from first to third, thoroughbred style, with a few words about Miami Marlins’ electrifying infielder Jazz Chisolm. Get the full video on https://t.co/EfUf0rgojY pic.twitter.com/nMvqh9q5gI
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) April 16, 2021
Earlier this season he became the first player ever to hit a home run off of the best pitcher in baseball, Jacob Degrom, on an 0-2 pitch. That ball actually just landed.
Jazz said during a recent interview that he texts former Yankee Legend and current Marlin owner Derick Jeter every day for tips on how to be a Hall of Famer.
Jazz Chisholm has his sights set on greatness. pic.twitter.com/TV5mtmO033
— MLB (@MLB) April 11, 2021
After getting to experience the playoffs last year this Miami team is hungry for more, and Jazz will need to be the guy to continue to mature to keep the fish afloat.
5. Jack Flaherty
After a tough first start of the season, Flaherty has looked like the pitcher we all thought would be one of the best aces in the game. In his last three starts, Flaherty has gone 17 innings giving up just 3 Earned Runs and striking out 17. He has a 21:8 strikeout to walk ratio and during his last start became the fastest Cardinals pitcher in franchise history to reach 500 punchouts.
The great John Smoltz gave him major props.
Expect Flaherty to remain on this list for a while.