Mike Brenly, son of former major league player and manager, Bob Brenly, was playing for Double-A Portland in the Boston Red Sox organization this season, when he got called up to the big leagues. However, his promotion was not as a player, but as the bullpen catcher for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox have determined Mike has the qualities to be a professional coach and made this role in the big league team’s bullpen his first assignment. So, Mike effectively retired as a player to seize this opportunity.
Mike had been selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 36th round of the 2008 MLB Draft and briefly played at the Triple-A level in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, before being signed by the Red Sox in 2014.
Read more about Mike Brenly at the link below from the Portland Press Herald:
Carlos Moncrief is vying for a spot on the Cleveland Indians’ major league roster, having logged a solid season at Double-A Columbus last season. The outfielder is in his eighth professional season, having been drafted in the 14th round by the Indians in the 2008 MLB draft.
Carlos’ father, Homer, had dreams of playing big league baseball, but his career was cut short in 1984 as a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.
Homer admits he didn’t have the work ethic to stick in professional baseball, and now he is advising his son to take advantage of his opportunity with the Indians.
Read more about Carlos Moncrief at the link below from cleveland.com:
Matt Clark’s path to his Major League debut this season with the Milwaukee Brewers took many turns. He attended several colleges before being selected in the 12th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. He then played in three different minor league organizations and in Japan before getting his shot in the big leagues this season.
Matt’s father, Terry, was a six-year veteran of the major leagues from 1988 to 1997. Terry’s own career included stints with seven different major league teams in those six seasons.
See related story about Matt Clark at the link below from The Press Enterprise:
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:
3rd MLB Draftee in Gillaspie Family Poised to Pave Way for Own Legacy