Bundy Brothers Recovering From Tommy John Surgery

Brothers Dylan and Bobby Bundy are both pitchers in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Dylan was a first-round pick of the Orioles in the 2011 MLB Draft, while Bobby was an 8th round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft. Both of the brothers sat out the 2013 season because of Tommy John surgery and have been spending the current season in rehab assignments.

See related story about the Dylan brothers and their father who taught them the game at the link below from mlb.com:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/orioles-pitching-prospects-dylan-bundy-bobby-bundy-have-brotherly-bond-that-runs-deep?ymd=20140814&content_id=89583992&vkey=news_mlb

Yaz’s Grandson Advances Within Orioles System

Carl Yastrzemski’s grandson Mike began his professional career last year in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He started the 2014 season in low-A and now has advanced to Double-A Bowie Baysox. So far, his combined stats include 13 home runs and 72 RBI. Mike says he has surprised himself with his progress this season.

See related story about Mike Yastrzemski at the link below from The Bristol Press:

http://www.bristolpress.com/articles/2014/08/15/sports/doc53ed70510d847344884972.txt

Austin Davis Follows Father’s Footsteps to Pro Baseball

Austin Davis is currently playing for the Bluefield Jays, a Rookie League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Davis was drafted in the 47th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, but chose the college route. He signed with the Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent in 2014. Austin has been around baseball his entire life, since his father, Doug Davis, was a former major league player and is now the Field Coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays. He had also played 12 seasons in the minor and was the bench coach for the Florida Marlins when they won the World Series in 2003.

Since Austin was not a highly sought-after prospect, his father did give him advice on pursuing a pro baseball career, “Make the best of the opportunity.” Austin says he knows what it takes to be successful and hopes to keep playing as long as he can.

See related story about Austin Davis at the link below from the Blue Daily Telegraph:

http://www.bdtonline.com/localsports/x1736700685/Davis-follows-father-s-footsteps-to-professional-baseball

Baseball Is A Family Affair For Rojas

Luis Rojas is the manager of the Savannah Sand Gnats, the New York Mets affiliate in the South Atlantic League. His bloodlines include some big-time major leaguers. His father is Felipe Alou, a 17-year veteran player in the big leagues and a former major league manager for 14 seasons with the Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants. His brother is former major league all-star Moises Alou.

Luis learned a lot from both his father and his brother and led to his eventually taking a minor league manager’s job following his own playing days. He hopes to take the family name to another step.

See related story about Luis Rojas at the link below from WSAV.com:

http://www.wsav.com/story/25944958/rojas-makes-baseball-a-family-affair

JC and Taylor Snyder Following In Father’s Footsteps

JC and Taylor Snyder are playing for the same summer league team in Yakima, Washington. JC will be a senior at Brigham Young University next year, while Taylor plays for Salt Lake Community College. They are the sons of Cory Snyder, a nine-year veteran of five major leagues teams. Cory was a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 1986 MLB Draft, and is now serves as the hitting coach for the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners Triple-A affiliate.

They did not get to see their father play professionally, but have seen plenty of highlight tapes of their father. Cory set an example for his aspiring sons. The father and sons talk every morning, getting caught up on the previous day’s games.

See related story about the Snyders at the link below from the Yakima Herald Republic:

http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/yhr/sunday/2280782-8/jc-taylor-snyder-following-in-fathers-footsteps

Ryan Garvey Is Following In His Father’s Footsteps

Ryan Garvey is finding himself playing for minor league teams his father played for as an aspiring prospect in the 1960s. His father was Steve Garvey, the 19-year major leaguer and ten-time all-star.

In his third professional season, 21-year-old Ryan was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 33rd round of the 2012 MLB Draft and is now playing in the Rockies’ organization in Class A. Ryan says its not enough to just have played in the minors. He has set his sights on getting to the big-leagues like his father.

See the related story about Ryan Garvey at the link below from swxrightnow.com:

http://www.swxrightnow.com/story/25979149/ryan-garvey-following-in-a-fathers-footsteps

Tony Gwynn Jr. Is Moving Forward From His Father’s Death

The past few weeks have been very emotional for Tony Gwynn Jr., the son of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn who died from oral cancer on June 16. Tony Jr. has been re-activated by the Philadelphia Phillies from the bereavement list, but is still struggling with keeping his focus on the game. His loss has taken its toll on him on the field where he is also struggling at the plate. However, he has been gratified by the standing ovations he has received at many ballparks who have paid tribute to his father.

See the related story about Tony Gwynn Jr. at the link below from sportsonearth.com:

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/83570712/tony-gwynn-jr-mouth-cancer-son-philadelphia-phillies-padres#!beq1TI

Brody Weiss Making A Name For Himself

Brody Weiss is the son of Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss. Brody is currently playing for the University of California, Santa Barbara, after passing up an opportunity to sign professionally in 2013. He was drafted by his father’s team that year, but decided attending college was his better option.

Brody has encountered the difficulties, as well as the perks, of growing up as the son of a major leaguer. He knows he has a good source of advice from his father. However, he isn’t one to solely rely on his father’s career to carry him–he knows he has to make his own way.

See related story about Brody Weiss at the link below from LaCrossTribune.com:

http://lacrossetribune.com/sports/baseball/loggers/loggers-brody-weiss-making-a-name-for-himself/article_c4da0555-63a9-5a52-9288-72ca3e437d5c.html

Twins Embrace Vavra Baseball Family

Joe Vavra is currently the third base coach for the Minnesota Twins. He has two sons who have recently joined the Twins organization after being drafted out of college. Tanner was the Twins’ 30th round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Valparaiso University and is currently a second baseman for Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League. Trey, a 33rd round pick of the Twins out of Florida Southern College in the 2014 MLB Draft, is a first baseman with Elizabethton in the Appalachian Rookie League.

Joe insists he did not try to influence the Twins in selecting his sons, that they earned their shots on their own merits.

See the related story about the Vavra family at the link below from msn.foxsports.com:

http://msn.foxsports.com/north/story/for-vavras-baseball-is-a-twins-family-affair-062514

Upton Brothers Hit Home Runs To Tie ML Record

On June 24, brothers B. J. and Justin Upton each hit home runs for the Atlanta Braves against the Houston Astros. It was their fourth time as brothers to homer in the same game, tying a major league record. The Braves won, 3-2.

See the related story about the Uptons’ record at the link below from the Modesto Bee:

http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/24/3408280/upton-brothers-both-hit-hrs-braves.html

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