Vlad Guerrero Jr. Projected to Join His Father in Major League Ranks

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was signed as a 17-year-old by the Toronto Blue Jays last year, as one of the top international prospects.  Now he is on a path to eventually join his father, Vladimir Guerrero Sr.,  as a major-leaguer.  At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, he’s already showing a talent reminiscent of his father’s.

Vlad Jr. was coached by his father and uncle, Wilton Guerrero, who also played in the majors.

To read more about Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s career, follow the link below from thestar.com:

https://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2017/06/25/vlad-the-dad-sees-guerrero-jr-ahead-of-him-on-the-learning-curve-griffin.html

Satchel McElroy is Namesake of his Grandpa’s Famous Teammate

Satchel McElroy comes from a baseball family.  He’s even named after one of the most legendary players in baseball history.

McElroy is currently in his second pro season in the Cincinnati Reds organization after having been selected in the 21st round by them in the 2015 MLB Draft.

He is the son of Chuck McElroy, a former major-league pitcher from 1989 to 2001 for nine teams.  Chuck appeared in 654 games, primarily as a middle reliever.  He compiled a 38-30 record and 3.90 ERA.

Satchel’s grandfather, Sylvester Cooper, played in the Negro Leagues and was a teammate of Satchel Paige, for whom the younger McElroy is named.

Satchel’s uncle is Cecil Cooper, a 17-year veteran of the major-leagues, and former manager of the Houston Astros.

For more information about Satchel McElroy, follow the link below from milb.com:

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/satchel-mcelroy-carries-on-a-proud-baseball-tradition/c-238063806/t-185364810

Gavin Sheets Coached by his Father, Former MLB Player

Gavin Sheets was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft.  He was a junior first baseman at Wake Forest during the 2017 season.

He was coached in high school by his father, Larry Sheets, a veteran of eight major-league seasons, primarily with the Baltimore Orioles.  Larry’s best season was 1987 when he hit 31 HR and 94 RBI, while batting .316.

For more information about the father-son relationship of Gavin and Larry Sheets, follow the link below from pressboxonline.com:

https://www.pressboxonline.com/2017/07/05/gilman-alum-gavin-sheets-hopes-to-follow-in-fathers-footsteps-into-major-leagues

Mark Leiter Jr. Pitches for his Father’s Team

Mark Leiter Jr. got his first major-league win with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 23, joining his father as the 15th father-son combination to start for the same team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Mark was drafted by the Phillies in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Mark Sr. pitched two seasons with the Phillies in 1997 and 1998, when he led the National League in losing decisions (17) by a pitcher.  Overall, he pitched for 11 seasons with eight different clubs.

Mark Jr.’s uncle, Al Leiter, won 162 major-league games, while winning World Series championships with Toronto in 1993 and Florida in 1997.

For more information about Mark Leiter Jr., follow the link below from The Morning Call:

http://www.mcall.com/sports/baseball/phillies/

At 16, Pedro Martinez Jr. Already Appears to Have a Baseball Future

Pedro Martinez’s son, Pedro Jr., is already a top international baseball prospect.  At age 16, he is already competing with the best amateurs in the Dominican Republic and could be signed by a major-league team this summer.  He’s already recognized one of the best players in the International Prospect League.

If Pedro Jr. decides not to purse a pro career at this point, he is slated to attend high school in Boca Raton, Florida.

Pedro Sr. was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, after a fabulous 18-year career in which he garnered three Cy Young Awards on his way to compiling a 219-100 record and 2.93 ERA.

Pedro Jr.’s uncle, Ramon Martinez, was a pirtcher in the majors from 1988 to 2001.

For more information about Pedro Martinez Jr., follow the link below from Bleacher Report:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2715247-whos-your-daddy-pedro-martinez-jr-making-own-fame-as-teen-hitting-star

Jake Boone Has Opportunity to be First Fourth-Generation MLB Player

Jake Boone was drafted in  the 38th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.  If he were to eventually reach the major-league level, he would be the first player of a four-generation family to do so.

Jake is the son of Bret Boone, the grandson of Bob Boone and great-grandson of Ray Boone.  Bret, Bob, and Ray were the first three-generation family in the majors, a very exclusive club that includes only three other such families, the Bells, Hairstons, and Colemans.

Bret was a three-time All-Star during his 14-year MLB career.  Bob, was a four-time All-Star during his 19 years, while Ray  made the All-Star team twice during his 13-year career.  Jake’s uncle, Aaron was an infielder in the majors from 1997 to 2009.

For more information about the Boone family, follow the link below from Call to the Pen:

https://calltothepen.com/2017/06/18/mlb-fathers-day-boone-family-tradition-continues/

Lee May Jr. Part of a Family Tradition

Lee May Jr. is currently the hitting coach for the Portland Sea Dogs in the Boston Red Sox organization.  His son, Jacob, made his major-league debut earlier this season with the Chicago White Sox.  His son, Lee III, is also following in his dad’s footsteps as a baseball player as a high school sophomore.

May Jr. and his sons get their baseball heritage from Lee May Sr., a veteran of 18 years in the major-leagues between 1965 and 1982.  May Sr. logged over 2,000 hits and 350 home runs during his career.

May Jr. got his early baseball experiences when he accompanied his father as a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine” and roamed the Reds’ clubhouse along with the sons of Pete Rose, Tony Perez and Ken Griffey.

For more information about Lee May Jr.,  follow the link below from The Press Herald:

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/17/on-baseball-lee-may-jr-learned-work-ethic-from-his-dad-imparts-it-to-his-own-sons/