Cal baseball alumnus and Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was one of baseball’s top rising stars this season, producing a .285/.369/.892 slashline while playing all 162 games in 2019.
Semien’s breakout campaign landed him a spot amongst the best in baseball, as the former Cal star finished in third place in American League MVP voting last Thursday, trailing just winner Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and runner-up Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros. Despite not receiving any first or second place votes, Semien garnered 22 third place votes, six fourth place votes and two sixth place votes.
While he missed out on an All-Star nomination, Semien’s 123 runs scored ranked third in the American League in 2019, while his 87 drawn walks was the sixth highest total.
He also produced 33 home runs and 92 RBI out of the leadoff spot for the A’s, who made the postseason for a second straight year, but lost in the Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays.