You may have heard the old adage that many batters don’t truly come into their own until their age 27 season. Well, for A’s veteran shortstop Marcus Semien , it took him an extra year to figure things out, put it all together on his way to having a career season. At 28, Semien has already eclipsed his career highs in home runs, with 28 and RBI, with 81. Semien has always been that guy that you were able to pick up late in drafts. His preseason ADP had him being selected in the 19th round of typical 12 team drafts. Typically when you see him sitting there that late in season long drafts you convince yourself to eat the .249 batting average, and use the 20 HR and 10 stolen bases he’ll give you as your middle infielder. Heading into Thursday’s action he was batting .281 overall, and in his last seven games he was batting .464 with an .893 slugging percentage.

The fact that Semien is going to hit the most home runs of his career is no surprise. We’ve talked about the juiced ball...