Grae Kessinger was a top high school baseball prospect in 2016 and became the 26th round pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2016 MLB Draft. He has committed to play college baseball at the University of Mississippi, where his father, uncle and grandfather also played.
Grae’s grandfather is Don Kessinger, who signed out of Ole Miss with the Chicago Cubs in 1964. He made his major-league debut that year and became the starting shortstop the next season. He was a six-time All-Star with the Cubs for whom he played until 1975. He briefly played for the St. Louis Cardinals and then finished his career as the player/manager of the Chicago White Sox in 1979.
Grae’s father, Kevin, was a 22nd pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1992 after playing at Ole Miss. He made a brief minor-league appearance that year.
Grae’s uncle, Keith, was a draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1989 and played eleven games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1994. He finished his career in 1996 with the Cubs organization.
During the summer, Grae got the opportunity to play in the showcase Under Armor Game at Wrigley Field, where his grandfather once roamed.
Read more about the Kessinger family at the link below from Ole Miss Sports: