Mark Leiter Jr. Looks to Father for Advice

In only his third year of pro baseball, Mark Leiter Jr. was recently promoted to Double-A Reading in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.  He is the son of Mark Leiter, an eleven-year veteran of the majors between 1999 and 2001.  The elder Leiter pitched for eight big league teams, compiling 65 career wins.  Mark Jr.’s uncle, Al Leiter, was also a major league pitcher.

Mark Jr. calls his father after every start to recap his performance and get the benefit of his father’s experience.

Read more about Mark Leiter Jr. at the link below from philly.com:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/minor_leagues/20150621_Leiter_leans_on_his_father_for_advice.html

Paul Sewald Happy to See Brother Drafted

Paul Sewald is a pitcher in his fourth season in the New York Mets organization.  He is currently playing for Binghamton, a Double-A affiliate of the Mets.  He was elated when his younger brother, Johnny, joined him in the professional ranks.

Johnny, was recently selected in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and is currently an outfielder for Tri-City of the New York–Penn League.

Both brothers played for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, with Paul’s teams collecting three state titles and Johnny’s teams compiling four state championships.  However, they never played on the same team in high school.

Read more about the Sewald brothers at the link below from Press & Sun-Bulletin:

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/sports/2015/06/12/mets-notes-sewald-eye-draft/71158794/

Cade Tremie is “Honorary” Draft Pick of Indians

Cade Tremie is the son of Chris Tremie, current Triple-A manager in the Indians organization and former major league player for parts of four seasons between 1995 and 2004.

Cade was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 35th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, but it turned out to be an “honorary” pick because of his father’s relationship with the Indians.  A catcher in high school, Cade has decided to forgo a pro baseball career, choosing to study engineering at Texas A&M University in Galveston, TX.

Read more about Cade Tremie at the link below from The Huntsville Item:

http://www.itemonline.com/sports/new_waverly_isd_bulldogs/cleveland-indians-surprise-former-bulldog-with-selection-in-major-league/article_a8d1dffb-eeb6-53c6-ad13-bdd7ad41b797.html

Milwaukee Brewers Draft Third-Generation Ghelfi Family Member

Mitchell Ghelfi was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 28th round of the 2015 MLB draft.  He follows a family tradition of professional baseball, which included three generations of ballplayers.

Mitchell’s father, Andy, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1985 and played five seasons in the minors.  However, His uncle, Tony, made it to the big leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983, but injuries cut his career short.

Richard Ghelfi, Mitchell’s grandfather, pitched in the minor leagues from 1953 to 1956 in the Cardinals organization.

Drew Ghelfi, Mitchell’s brother, was also drafted by the Brewers in 2013 and played two seasons at the Rookie League level.

Read more about Mitchell Ghelfi at the link below from madison.com:

http://host.madison.com/sports/baseball/professional/brewers-draft-pick-mitchell-ghelfi-of-la-crosse-continues-family/article_66955b07-d8fc-58d1-bfc5-c1b58159c1a1.html

Alexander Fernandez Drafted by his Father’s Former Team

Alexander Fernandez was selected in the 25th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins, a team for whom his father, Alex, helped to the Marlins’ first World Series championship in 1997.

In high school, Alexander led his team to back-to-back state and national titles  This season he batted .310 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI for the Nova Southeastern University Sharks.

Read more about Alexander Fernandez at the link below from the Sun Sentinel:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-marlins/sfl-marlins-draft-alexander-fernandez-20150610-story.html

Andy MacPhail to Assume Control of the Phillies

Andy MacPhail, part of a multi-generational family of major league baseball executives, has been brought back into baseball by the Philadelphia Phillies as their new president, effective at the end of the 2015 season.

MacPhail, a long-time executive himself, was most previously the president of the Baltimore Orioles from 2007 to 2011.  Prior to that he was president and CEO of the Chicago Cubs from 1994 to 2006.  With the Minnesota Twins organization as director of player development and later general manager, he helped engineer World Series championship teams in 1987 and 1991.

MacPhail is a third-generation family member in professional baseball.  His father is Lee MacPhail, who served as president of the American League.  His grandfather is Larry MacPhail, an executive with the Reds, Dodgers, and Yankees organizations.  Lee and Larry were both elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

For more information about Andy MacPhail, see the link below from philly.com:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/phillies/Phillies-expected-to-introduce-Andy-MacPhail-on-Monday.html

Pat Borders Back in Baseball After 10-Year Absence

Pat Borders enjoyed a seventeen-year career in the majors that included two World Series championships, a World Series MVP trophy, and over 1,000 games played as a catcher.

Now, Borders is back in baseball, after a ten year absence, as the manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a short-season Single-A club in the Phillies organization.

During his time out of baseball, Borders watched his sons grow up, and now they are pursuing baseball careers themselves.  Son Levi was a junior catcher this season for the University of South Florida, while son Luke was a sophomore infielder/outfielder for USF.

Read more about Pat Borders at the link below from vindy.com:

David Lucroy Joins Brother as a Brewer

David Lucroy was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 20th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. It was the second time the Brewers had drafted the pitcher.

David’s brother, Jonathan, is currently the catcher for the big-league Brewers team.  He was a National League All-Star in 2014.

Perhaps one day we’ll see the two brothers as batterymates for the Brewers.

Read more about the Lucroys at the link below from mlb.com:

http://m.brewers.mlb.com/news/article/131264130/baseball-a-family-affair-for-lucroys

Austin Piscotty Aims to Follow His Brothers as MLB Draftee

Austin Piscotty completed his freshman season at St. Mary’s College in California, but his stiffest competition to date has likely come from playing with his brothers in his back yard.

Austin’s brother, Stephen, was recently promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals, after being a first-round pick in 2012.  Brother Nick was drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals in the 32nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft, but chose to play baseball at Duke University instead.  He had to quit his baseball career after an arm injury that required surgery and never played professionally.

Having played in the shadows of his brothers, Austin hopes to eventually be drafted by a major league team and get his shot at pro baseball.

Read more about Austin Piscotty at the link below from Herald-Whig:

http://www.whig.com/story/29275588/band-of-brothers-youngest-piscotty-hoping-to-make-name-for-himself-while-with-gems

Kyle Tucker Selected by Brother’s Team in 2015 MLB Draft

Kyle Tucker was the fifth overall pick of the Houston Astros in the 2015 MLB Draft.  The outfielder had graduated from Plant High School in Tampa and previously committed to play baseball as the University of Florida.

Kyle’s brother, Preston, made his major league debut with the Astros on May 7 of this year.  He had been a 7th round pick of the Astros in 2012.

Kyle reportedly has similar talents and strong makeup as his big league brother.

Read more about Kyle Tucker at the link below from mlb.com:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/129360124/astros-draft-outfielder-kyle-tucker-at-no-5

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