Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs’ new rookie phenom, made his major league debut on April 17 at Wrigley Field. The highly-rated prospect was able to share the emotional moment with his father, Mike, who was once a prospect with the Boston Red Sox, but did not get to the big leagues.
Read more about Kris Bryant at the link below from chicago.cbslocal.com:
Chase Maddux is the son of Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. Currently a senior at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Chase recently committed to UNLV to play baseball next year.
Chase commented that it was a dream come true to play at a Division I school. He did not make his high school’s varsity team in his first two years, but has established himself this year, good enough to earn a scholarship with UNLV.
Read more about Chase Maddux at the link below from the Las Vegas Review Journal:
Tyler Servais is currently a catcher for Princeton University. He is the son of Scott Servais, who was a major league catcher for eleven seasons from 1991 and 2001. Tyler was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2014 MLB Draft, but chose to return to Princeton for his senior season.
Tyler hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps as a big league catcher; but he also has developed a passion for politics and his keeping that option open as a possible career.
Read more about Tyler Servais at the link below from the Columbia Daily Spectator:
When the San Diego Padres traded for baseball’s No. 1 closer, Craig Kimbrel, right before the regular season started, they also got outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. in the trade with the Atlanta Braves.
The transaction re-united Melvin (formerly known as “B. J.”) with his brother Justin who had been acquired by the Padres during the off-season. The Padres also took on $46M of salary from the Braves by acquiring Melvin. It’s not clear where Melvin will fit into the Padres lineup.
See the related story about Justin and Melvin Upton at the link below from boston.com:
During this past spring training, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took a break from the Cardinals’ schedule to check in on his son Tate who was playing for Missouri State in southern Florida.
Tate is a junior outfielder at Missouri State and figures to be selected in the upcoming 2015 MLB Draft. He is on the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, the highest honor for a college player.
Read more about Mike and Tate Matheny at the link below from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Johnny Monell Jr. is rekindling his father’s dream of playing for the New York Mets. He is starting the 2015 season with the Las Vegas Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, after a good spring training showing.
Johnny Monell Sr. spent 15 years chasing a dream to play for the Mets, but never made it. He began his professional career as a 19-year-old in the Mets organization in 1985. He reached the Triple-A level with the Mets, but wasn’t able to stick with the organization. He eventually wound up playing in the Mexican League and various independent leagues, until he called it quits in 2001.
Monell Jr. had a taste of the big leagues in 2013 with a brief appearance with the San Francisco Giants. He is in his ninth professional season.
See related story about the Monells at the link below from The New York Times:
During this past spring training, brothers Jhonatan and Donovan Solano were teammates vying for major league roster spots for the Florida Marlins.
Both have seen major league action already, with Donovan starting his fourth major league season in the Marlins organization as a second baseman. Jhonatan played catcher for the Washington Nationals in 2012 and 2013, and is starting the 2015 season with the Marlins’ affiliate in New Orleans.
See related story about the Solano brothers at the link below from the Sun Sentinel:
HIgh-schooler Nick Shumpert knows Coors Field well. He roamed the field and clubhouse when his father, Terry, was an infielder for the big league Colorado Rockies from 1998 to 2002. Terry played a total of fourteen seasons in the majors, ending his career in 2003.
Now, Nick is a member of the Highlands Ranch (Colo.) High School team that recently played a game at Coors Field and recalls some of his days as a youngster watching his father play.
See related story about Nick and Terry Shumpert at the link below from The Denver Post:
Carlos Moncrief is vying for a spot on the Cleveland Indians’ major league roster, having logged a solid season at Double-A Columbus last season. The outfielder is in his eighth professional season, having been drafted in the 14th round by the Indians in the 2008 MLB draft.
Carlos’ father, Homer, had dreams of playing big league baseball, but his career was cut short in 1984 as a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.
Homer admits he didn’t have the work ethic to stick in professional baseball, and now he is advising his son to take advantage of his opportunity with the Indians.
Read more about Carlos Moncrief at the link below from cleveland.com:
Cody Huson is following in his father’s baseball footsteps as a freshman shortstop at Abilene Christian University in Texas.
Jeff Huson was a twelve-year veteran infielder of the major leagues, playing for seven different clubs between 1988 and 2000.
Cody hopes to get to the big leagues himself.
Read more about Cody and Jeff Huson at the link below from ktxs.com: