Nolan Arenado has a Baseball Brother Waiting in the Wings

Nolan Arenado had another MVP-type season in 2016 with the Colorado Rockies. For the second straight season, he’s led the National League in home runs and RBI, while being selected for his second all-start team.  He’s also become a complete player with his defensive skills at third base.

Nolan has a younger brother, Jonah, who is a 21-year-old prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization. In his third professional season this year, Jonah’s hitting  is drawing comparisons to his brother’s.  He is likely to advance to the Double-A level next year and projects to eventually join his big brother in the big-leagues.

To read more about the Arenado brothers, follow the link below from Knuckleball:

Baseball Bloodlines: For Nolan Arenado, it’s a family affair

Pat Mahomes II Ultimately Chose Football Over Baseball

Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes II grew up in a baseball family, as his father, Pat Mahomes, was a major-league pitcher for eleven seasons during 1992 to 2003.

The younger Mahomes also played baseball in high school and was projected to be a high-round selection in the Major League Baseball draft.  He chose to attend Texas Tech where he initially played both sports.  However, after his success as a quarterback, he opted to concentrate solely on football.

To read more about the Mahomes father-son duo, see the link below from

“Spaceman” Bill Lee Owes Part of his ML Career to AAGPBL

Former major-league pitcher Bill Lee’s aunt, Annabelle Lee, had a big influence on his love of baseball.  She was a pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League over 70 years ago and started playing baseball with Lee when she finished her 11-year career.  He still wears Annabelle’s old glove while he still occasionally plays in a senior baseball league.

Lee gained notoriety as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1969 to 1978, before finishing his career with the Montreal Expos in 1982.  He finished with a 119-90 record and 3.62 ERA in 416 career games.

Read more about Bill Lee by following the link below from the Bradenton Herald:

Cal Quantrill Makes Bid to Follow in his Father’s Footsteps

Cal Quantrill was the first-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2016 MLB Draft despite not having pitched for his college team, Stanford University, this season.  He had Tommy John surgery in 2015 after pitching only a few games for Stanford.  However, his outstanding freshman campaign, in which he earned a spot on the Freshman All-American team, and his baseball bloodlines were enough for the Padres to take a chance on him.

Cal is the son of Paul Quantrill, who pitched for fourteen major-league seasons during 1992 to 2005.  He played for seven different clubs, including six seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.  He led his league in games pitched for four consecutive seasons, in 2001-2004.  He was an All-Star with Toronto in 2001.

Although Cal’s stats from his first minor-league season are not that impressive, the season is considered a success in his return from surgery and the long layoff.

To read more about Cal Quantrill, follow the link below from

Baseball Bloodlines: Cal Quantrill working way back from Tommy John

Third-Generation Kessinger to Play for Ole Miss

Grae Kessinger was a top high school baseball prospect in 2016 and became the 26th round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2016 MLB Draft.  He has committed to play college baseball at the University of Mississippi, where his father, uncle and grandfather also played.

Grae’s grandfather is Don Kessinger, who signed out of Ole Miss with the Chicago Cubs in 1964.  He made his major-league debut that year and became the starting shortstop the next season.  He was a six-time All-Star with the Cubs for whom he played until 1975.  He briefly played for the St. Louis Cardinals and then finished his career as the player/manager of the Chicago White Sox in 1979.

Grae’s father, Kevin, was a 22nd pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1992 after playing at Ole Miss.  He made a brief minor-league appearance that year.

Grae’s uncle, Keith, was a draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1989 and played eleven games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1994.  He finished his career in 1996 with the Cubs organization.

During the summer, Grae got the opportunity to play in the showcase Under Armor Game at Wrigley Field, where his grandfather once roamed.

Read more about the Kessinger family at the link below from Ole Miss Sports:

Bichette Brothers Play for Brazil in WBC Qualifier

Dante Jr. and Bo Bichette had never played baseball together in competition, until they recently appeared for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier round in Brooklyn, NY.  They were eligible to represent Brazil because their mother is a native of the country.

They are the sons of Dante Bichette, Sr., who logged fourteen seasons in the major-leagues with 355 HRs, 1078 RBIs, and a .299 batting average.  He was a four-time All-Star and runner-up for National League MVP in 1995.

Dante Jr. was a first-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2011, and he played at Double-A Trenton in 2016, where he posted 9 HRs and 49 RBIs to go along with a .243 average.

Bo was a second-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays this year.  He played rookie ball in the Gulf Coast League, where he excelled with 4 HRs, 36 RBIs and an amazing .427 batting average in 22 games.

Read more about the Bichette family at the link below from Hardball Scoop:

These Sons of Major Leaguers Chose Football

Major League Baseball has had over 200 father-son combinations who both played in the big-leagues.  But the sons of major-leaguers don’t always choose their father’s sport. Sometimes they don’t want the pressure of having to follow in their father’s baseball footsteps.  Sometimes they want to make a name for themselves by trying to excel another sport.

This year’s college football season features several prominent sons of former major leaguers.  Not surprising, they play in offensive skill positions on the gridiron. Below is a list of the more notable of these college players, their current teams, their father’s names and their father’s years in major-league baseball.

Shane Buechele, University of Texas QB, son of Steve Buechele (1985-1995)

Torii Hunter Jr., University of Notre Dame WR, son of Torii Hunter Sr. (1997-2015)

Trey Griffey, University of Arizona WR, son of Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-2010)

Pat Mahomes II, University of Texas Tech QB, son of Pat Mahomes Sr. (1992-2003)

Dante Pettis, University of Washington WR/KR, son of Gary Pettis (1982-1992)

Kenny Hill, Texas Christian University QB, son of Ken Hill (1988-2001)

Derek McLemore, University of Houston WR, son of Mark McLemore (1986-2004)

Brandon Johnson, University of Tennessee WR, son of Charles Johnson (1994 – 2005)

To read more about these football players, see the link below from




Seager Brothers Put Up Similar Numbers

Brothers Corey and Kyle Seager are both having great 2016 seasons.  Corey, who appears to be a lock for National League Rookie of the Year, has been a key factor in the Dodgers’ quest for the NL West Division title.  Kyle is having his best major-league season of his six-year major-leaguer career.

As of September 24, the brothers have been able to post similar numbers at the hash-line level:  Corey with .370/.514/.884, while Kyle with .363/.508/.871.  But Corey leads in batting average (.310 to .281) and runs scored (102 to 86), while Kyle leads in home runs (29 to 25) and RBI (96 to 70).

For more information about the talented Seager brothers, see the link below from the Seattle Times:

Rick Stowe and Ken Griffey Jr. Share a Common Connection

Rick Stowe is the home team clubhouse manager for the Cincinnati Reds.  He was working for the Red at the time Ken Griffey Jr. was playing for the Reds.

What they have in common is being second-generation members of the Reds organization.  Rick’s father, Bernie Stowe, was a long-time Reds equipment manager, while Griffey Jr.’s father also played with the Reds from 1973 to 1981.

To read more about the connection between Stowe and Griffey Jr, follow the link below from the Dayton Daily News:

Fourteen Years After his First Brush With Baseball, Darren Baker is a Prospect

Darren Baker got his first national exposure in baseball as a three-years-old, when he was a batboy for the San Francisco Giants.  His father, Dusty Baker, was the manager of the Giants when they appeared in the 2002 World Series. In one of the games, Darren went out to pick up a bat at home plate, when a play was still in progress.  An alert J. T. Snow, who was in the Giants’ on-deck circle, had to sweep up the young Baker at home plate to avoid a collision with a Giants runner heading for home plate.

Fast forward to today. Darren is a potential major league prospect, having played well in recent Area Code games for amateurs.  He will be a high school senior for the 2017 season, and has already committed to the University of California.

Dusty is currently the manager of the Washington Nationals.

Read more about Darren Baker at the link below from USA Today High School Sports:

Years after save by J.T. Snow, Darren Baker is thriving as a baseball prospect