Corey Seager on a path to become one of Dodgers’ best shortstops

Corey Seager’s major-league career started with a bang, earning National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. He followed up with another all-star season in 2017.

After being sidelined for most of 2018 with elbow and hip surgeries, he rebounded last season to lead the National League with 44 doubles and hit a personal-best 87 RBIs.

One of the few positions the Dodgers organization haven’t been flush with all-stars during their long history has been shortstop. Pee Wee Reese, Maury Wills, and Bill Russell are the names that come to mind first when Dodgers fans think about their stars at shortstop, but the list stops after them. Seager aims to be the next Dodgers superstar at the position.

Seager is the brother of Kyle Seager, a third baseman who has played nine major-league seasons with the Seattle Mariners. Their brother, Justin, was a 12th-round pick of the Mariners in 2013, and he played five minor-league seasons.

To read more about Seager’s Dodgers’ career, click here.

There’s no confusing which Wander Franco is the best

Wander Franco comes from a baseball family, but it has sometimes been confusing identifying him, relative to his two brothers, also named Wander Franco.

However, Tampa Bay Rays fans surely know which Wander Franco will be the next star in their future. Wander Samuel Franco is currently the No. 1 rated prospect in baseball after playing only two seasons in the Rays organization. The 19-year-old shortstop may be only a couple of seasons away from getting his chance in the big leagues.

Wander’s brother, Wander Javier Franco, is a seven-year veteran of the minors, last playing for the San Francisco Giants organization in 2018 and playing in the independent leagues last season.

Their other brother, Wander Alexander Franco, is currently in the Giants minor-league system, after beginning his career with the Houston Astros organization.

The family ties for the three brothers doesn’t end there. They are the nephews of former major league brothers Willy and Erick Aybar.

For more information about Wander’s career and projections, click here.

Mike Yastrzemski’s major-league career is no fluke

Often times legacies of major-league players get a token opportunity to be drafted by a major-league team, out of respect for their fathers or grandfathers.

Mike Yastrzemski is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. In his case, his first major-league season in 2019 proved his ascent to the majors was not a gratuitous gesture. His debut season with San Francisco included a slash line of .272/.334/.518 to go along with 21 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games. He figures to be a regular again for the Giants in 2020.

Click here to read more about Mike Yastrzemski’s numbers from last season.

Braden and Hunter Bishop are opponents for the first time

During Spring Training this year, brothers Braden and Hunter Bishop competed against each for the first time in their lives.

Braden made his major-league debut with Seattle in 2019, while Hunter played his first pro season in the San Francisco Giants organization last season after being a first-round draft pick out of Arizona State.

Click here to read more about the Bishop brothers.

Yoelkis Cespedes aims to join brother Yoenis in the majors

Yoelkis Cespedes has played professionally in Cuba, appearing in the 2017 World Cup and the Caribbean Series. He defected from the Cuban National Team and has been biding his time to be eligible for signing by a major-league organization. The 22-year-old player is reportedly a five-tool player.

His brother, Yoenis Cespedes, has played seven seasons in the major, most recently with the New York Mets. However, he sat out all of the 2019 season due to an injury. He was runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland in 2012, and has been an All-Star outfielder in 2014 and 2017. He has a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award to his credit.

For more information about Yoelkis Cespedes, click here.

Jack Leiter chooses collegiate path to the big leagues

Jack Leiter was drafted out of high school in the 20th round by the New York Yankees in the 2019 MLB Draft. However, he bypassed signing a contract and chose to attend Vanderbilt University to play baseball.

Jack’s father, Al Leiter, was similarly drafted out of high school by the Yankees in 1984, except he was a second-round selection that inked a contract as an 18-year-old. The elder Leiter went on to log 19 major-league seasons with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Mets, and Marlins. He finished with a 162-132 record and 3.80 ERA, winning World Series title with the Blue Jays and Marlins.

Jack’s collegiate debut with Vandy this season included five no-hit innings with a dozen strikeouts. Not a bad start!

Jack’s uncle Mark Leiter and cousin Mark Leiter Jr. have both appeared in the majors.

To read more about Jack and Al Leiter clicks on these links: Vandy debut and Like Father, Like Son

Dusty Baker’s new job interrupts watching son Darren play collegiately

Before Dusty Baker got his new job as manager of the Houston Astros, he was spending time watching his son Darren play for the University of California. Daren is currently a junior and has thoughts of following his dad into the professional ranks. Dusty will now have to get reports of his son’s games via the press or video replay.

Darren first gained notoriety as the batboy for his father’s team, San Francisco Giants, in the 2002 World Series. Little Darren was swept up by J. T. Snow, who was the on-deck batter, as a Giants runner was headed for home, destined for a collision with the youngster who was picking up the bat at home plate. Fortunately, Darren escaped injury due to Snow’s quick thinking.

For more information about Darren and Dusty Baker, click here.