Trey Griffey Departs from Family’s Baseball Lineage

Trey Griffey is currently at the Indianapolis Colts’ mini-camp, trying to make the football team as a non-drafted wide receiver.  He played football at the University of Arizona where he had 79 catches for over 1,200 yards.

Griffey didn’t choose to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps in pro baseball, where they both had long major-league careers.  Ken Griffey Jr, was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016, while Trey’s grandfather, Ken Griffey Sr., had an excellent major-league career that spanned 19 years and included two World Series championship teams.

Trey was actually selected in the 2016 MLB Draft in the 24th round by the Seattle Mariners, his father’s original big-league team, but it was a courtesy pick by the Mariners since Trey had not played baseball since his early teenage years.

To read more about Trey Griffey’s pursuit of a pro football career, follow the link below from foxsports.com:

http://www.foxsports.com/indiana/story/indianapolis-colts-rookies-looking-carry-family-legacies-051417

Chris Owings One of Three Baseball Brothers

Shortstop Chris Owings of the Arizona Diamondbacks is currently in his fifth major-league season and is off to the best start of his career, as the D’backs are currently in third place in the National League West Division.

Chris’s brother, Connor, is in his second pro season in the D’backs organization after having been drafted in the 34th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.  Their brother, Kyle, also played in the Arizona system in 2012 before playing one season in an independent league.

To read more about the Owings family, including their mother who was a two-sport athlete in college, follow the link below from GoEerie.com:

http://www.goerie.com/sports/20170514/albion-native-sherri-owings-part-of-true-baseball-family

Nik Turley Fans 14 for Chattanooga

Nik Turley, a distant relative of former Cy Young Award winner, Bob Turley, recently struck out 14, including 8 consecutive batters, for the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Minnesota Twins affiliate in the Southern League.  His performance tied a Southern League record.

Turley was the 50th-round pick of the New York Yankees out of high school in the 2008 MLB Draft.

Bob Turley pitched for four major-league teams during 1951 to 1963.  He had his best season in 1958 when he won 21 games to help the New York Yankees win the World Series.  He was named the American League Cy Young Award winner.

To read more about Nik Turley’s career, follow the link below from milb.com:

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/minnesota-twins-nik-turley-ties-southern-league-k-record/c-226535572/t-185364810

 

Shelley Duncan Benefits From His Father’s Coaching Experience

Shelley Duncan is the new manager of the Visalia Rawhides, the Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for the 2017 season.  He previously played during seven major-league seasons with the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays from 2007 to 2013. He had been the second-round draft pick of the Yankees in the 2001 MLB Draft.

Shelley is the son of Dave Duncan, the long-time major-league player and coach.  Dave’s pro coaching career lasted over 30 years, and when he was with the Oakland A’s,  Shelley spent a lot of time with his father learning the game.

Shelley’s brother, Chris, played five major-league seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

For more information about Shelley Duncan’s career, follow the link below from Visalia Times-Democrat:

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/sports/2017/04/21/milb-duncan-brings-playing-experience-knowledge-new-rawhide-manager/100764594/

Tyler Mahle Hurls Perfect Game

Tyler Mahle pitched a perfect game for Pensacola of the Southern League on April 22, only the second in league history.  He defeated the Mobile Bears, 1-0, throwing only 88 pitches in the contest.  He was the 7th-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2013 MLB Draft.

He is the brother of Greg Mahle, who made his major league debut in 2016 with the Los Angeles Angels.

For more information about Tyler Mahle’s perfect game, follow the link below from milb.com:

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/tyler-mahle-twirls-perfect-game-for-pensacola-blue-wahoos/c-225969108/t-185364810

Cody Bellinger Gets Promoted by Dodgers

Cody Bellinger, one of the top-rated prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, was called up by the big-league club on April 26.  He is slated to fill an outfield spot initially, although he has primarily been a first-baseman in the minors.  He was a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in the 2013 MLB Draft.

He is the son of Clay Bellinger, who played in four major-league seasons from 1999 to 2002.  He appeared in the 2000 and 2001 World Series with the New York Yankees.

For more information about Cody Bellinger’s career, see the link below from USA Today:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/2017/04/25/cody-bellinger-los-angeles-dodgers-callup/100897878/

Tyler Coolbaugh Benefits From Major League Coaching

Tyler Coolbaugh is having a good season as a senior at Angelo State University.  He’s had an advantage over other players since his father, Scott Coolbaugh, is the hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles.  Tyler spent last summer with his father and was able to get hitting advice from him while often taking batting practice with the Orioles team.

Tyler had also previously played college baseball at the University of Oklahoma.

Scott Coolbaugh played in the majors from 1989 to 1994 with Texas, San Diego, and St. Louis.  He has been on the Orioles coaching staff since the 2015 season and previously was hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.

Tyler’s uncle, Mike Coolbaugh, briefly played in the majors in 2001 and 2002.

For more information about Tyler Coolbaugh’s season at Angelo State, follow the link below from the Standard-Times:

http://www.gosanangelo.com/story/sports/college/angelo-state/2017/04/13/asu-baseball-coolbaugh-carrying-family-tradition/100429494/