Baseball Is In McElroy’s Bloodlines

C. J. McElroy Jr. was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He had scholarship offers to play football in college, but decided on a baseball career, one that follows his father Chuck McElroy and uncle Cecil Cooper, both former major league players.

McElroy is currently in his fourth professional season where he was an All-Star selection in the Midwest League.

See related story about C. J. McElroy Jr. at the link below from the Journal Star:

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140827/SPORTS/140829272/11130/SPORTS

Bruce Bochy’s Son Joins Him With Giants

Bruce Bochy is the current manager of the San Francisco Giants. Earlier this month, his son Brett was a September call-up with his father’s team. They become one of the few father-son combos to appear in the majors as manager and player on the same team. Previous combinations include Bob and Aaron Boone, Felipe and Moises Alou, Cal Ripken Senior and Junior, and Yogi and Dale Berra.

Brett is a pitcher who began his professional career in 2010 as the 20th round pick of the Giants.

See related story about Bruce and Brett Bochy at the link below from newsobserver.com:

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/02/4117167/brett-bochy-joins-his-father-in.html

Vladimir Guerrero’s Son Is A Prospect

Former Major League player Vladimir Guerrero has a 15-year-old son, also named Vladimir, who appears to be on a track to follow his father’s footsteps in baseball. Vladi Jr. is a physical specimen at 6′ 2″ and 220 pounds. He recently attended a try-out day in the Dominican Republic sponsored by the Angels, Yankees and Blue Jays.

See related story about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the link below from Yahoo Sports!:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/time-flies–vladimir-guerrero-s-namesake-son-is-15–and-a-baseball-prospect-200214278.html

Bichette Jr. Expects to Live Up to his Father’s Name

Dante Bichette Jr. is in his fourth professional season after being drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round as a supplemental pick (51st overall) in 2011. His father, Dante Sr., had a 14-year career in the Major Leagues, which included the 1995 season when he led the National League in home runs and RBI. Thus, Dante Jr. feels a lot of pressure because of his father’s career. He was coached by his father growing up and attributes all he knows about the game to him.

While Dante Jr. has struggled in the low minors, he seems to have turned the corner this season, being recently promoted to Double-A Trenton in the Yankees farm system.

See related story about Dante Bichette Jr. at the link below from The Trentonian:

http://www.trentonian.com/sports/20140808/bichette-jr-living-up-to-high-praise

Huston Street’ Father Still Inspires Him

Huston Street, Los Angeles Angels closer, lost his father near the end of the 2013 season, and he is still devastated by the loss. After all, his father James Street was his hero, the person he was closest to. James had been a star football and baseball player at the University of Texas, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1970 draft but never played professional baseball. Huston says he plays to win as his father defined it, “being the best you can be.”

See related story about Huston Street at the link below from the Los Angeles Daily News:

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20140811/angels-closer-huston-street-embodies-late-fathers-spirit

Roy Smalley III Giving Back to Baseball

Roy Smalley III, a thirteen-year veteran of the Major Leagues, spent his early childhood days playing pepper in major league ballparks with big league players. He was the son of Roy Smalley Jr., who played in the majors from 1948 to 1958 and later managed in the minors, and the nephew of Gene Mauch, a major league manager for 26 seasons.

Consequently, Roy III grew up with the best equipment as a Little Leaguer. Now, he is giving back to the baseball as the president of the board of directors at Pitch in for Baseball, a charity that provides baseball equipment to communities that need it. For his contributions, he will receive the William Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award as part of this year’s Little League World Series event.

See related story about Smalley at the link below from Sports on Earth:

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/90310284/roy-smalley-helps-shattered-communities-rebuild-with-baseball#!bJdRCO

Casey Gillaspie is 3rd MLB Draftee in Family

Casey Gillaspie was a first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in this year’s MLB Draft. He had been a three-year starter at Wichita State University. He’s doing well enough in his first professional season to play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.

His older brother Conor is currently the third baseman for the Chicago White Sox, himself a first-round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft. Their father Mark was an 11th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in 1981, although he never reached the big leagues after eight seasons on the minors.

It appears switch-hitting Casey is likely headed toward a career joining Conor in the Major Leagues.

See related story about Casey Gillaspie at the link below from Bleacher Report:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2169310-third-generation-mlb-draftee-poised-to-pave-way-for-own-legacy

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

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