Nicky Delmonico Makes MLB Debut

Nicky made his major-league debut on August 1 for the Chicago White Sox against the Toronto Blue Jays.  He got a hit and scored a run in the game.  Two days later, he hit his first major-league home run against the Boston Red Sox.  He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th round of the 2011 and played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization before being signed by the White Sox organization for the 2015 season.

Nicky is the son of Rod Delmonico, the head coach at the University of Tennessee from 1990 to 2007.  Rod coached the Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Nicky has a brother, Tony, who also played professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization from 2008 to 2012, and later played in independent leagues until 2015.

For more information about Nicky’s start of his major-league career, follow the links below:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-nicky-delmonico-debut-white-sox-spt-0802-20170801-story.html

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/white-sox-delmonico-enjoys-first-career-homer/

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Luke Farrell Pitches in MLB Debut With MLB Father in Attendance

Normally, you’d find John Farrell in the dugout of the Boston Red Sox as its manager.  However, on July 1, he missed the Red Sox game to attend the major-league pitching debut of his son, Luke Farrell, with the Kansas City Royals.

Luke was a 6th-round pick of the Royals in 2013 and had advanced to Triple-A this season before his call-up.

The Farrell family has other relatives in its family tree.  Luke’s grandfather, Thomas, played  in the Cleveland Indians organization in 1953-1954.

Luke also has two other brothers who pursued baseball careers.  Jeremy was infielder in the Pirates and White Sox organizations from 2008 to 2015.  He is currently a minor-league coach in the Cubs organization.  Shane was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, but did not sign.  He is currently a scout in the Cubs organization.

For more information about Luke Farrell, follow the link below from The Kansas City Star:

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article159230639.html

Brock Stassi Joins Brother as Major Leaguer

Brock Stassi made his major-league debut on April 3 with the Philadelphia Phillies against the Cincinnati Reds.  Stassi walked in his only at-bat as a pinch-hitter.

He is the brother of Max Stassi, a catcher who has played parts of four seasons with the Houston Astros from 2013 to 2016.  Max was a fourth-round draft pick of the Oakland A’s in 2009, while Brock was more of a long-shot at reaching the majors, since he was the 33rd round selection of the Phillies in the 2011 MLB Draft, signing for a $1,000 bonus.

The brothers’ father, Jim Stassi, played two minor-league seasons (1982-1983) as catcher in the San Francisco Giants organization.  Their great-uncle, Sam Stassi, had a brief minor-league career during 1946-1950, while another great-uncle, outfielder Myril Hoag, played with the New York Yankees from 1931 to 1938 and then spent six more seasons with various clubs, earning an all-star selection for the St. Louis Browns in 1939.  Hoag was a member of three Yankee World Series champion teams.

Read more about Brock Stassi at the link below from sacbee.com:

http://www.sacbee.com/sports/high-school/joe-davidson/article142471819.html

HOFer Ivan Rodriguez’s Son Dereck Tries Different Path

Recent Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez was only the second catcher to be voted into Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, after Johnny Bench.

Now Ivan’s son, Dereck, is following in his father’s footsteps, not as a catcher, but as a pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization. He spent last season at the Class A levels of the Twins farm system, where he compiled a 5-13 record and 4.48 ERA for two teams.  On the surface that performance may not sound impressive; but considering he changed his position from outfielder to pitcher in 2014, Dereck feels he is making strides toward one day getting to the big leagues. Evidence of his promising future is that he was named the Appalachian League’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015.

Ivan was originally drafted out of high school as an outfielder by the Twins in the 6th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.  When his offensive production didn’t materialize, he decided to try a different path on the mound.

Read more about Dereck Rodriguez at the link below from mlb.com:

http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/215188042/twins-dereck-rodriguez-has-a-hall-of-fame-dad/

 

Bo Bichette Chooses Baseball Like His Father and Brother

Bo Bichette comes from a baseball family, and it appears he will follow suit in the game even though he was urged to play tennis at a young age.  Bo is the son of Dante Bichette, who had an extensive career in the majors from 1988 to 2001, including four all-star years.  Bo’s brother, Dante Jr., was a first-round draft choice of the New York Yankees in 2011 and played at the Double-A level this season.

Bo was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in August, a showcase for high-school talent.

Read more about Bo Bichette at the link below from USA Today:

Despite early tennis push, the net result is Under Armour All-American Bo Bichette chose baseball

Kyle Gaedele’s Bloodlines Include Famous Baseball Showman

Kyle Gaedele is currently playing in the San Diego Padres organization for the Double-A San Antonio Missions.  He was a 6th round draft pick of the Padres in 2011.

His great-uncle is the famous Eddie Gaedel (who spelled his surname by dropping the last “e”), the 3-foot-7, 65 pound player of the St. Louis Browns who made a major league appearance for the St. Louis Browns in 1951, as part of a stunt by then-owner of the Browns, Bill Veeck.  It was a legitimate major league at-bat, and the record books show that the smallish Gaedel walked in that at-bat.

Kyle gets a lot of questions about his great-uncle in his baseball travels in the minor leagues.

Read more about Kyle Gaedele at the link below from espn.com:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13468439/eddie-gaedel-6-foot-3-grandnephew-kyle-gaedele-embraces-family-baseball-connection

For a more detailed account of Eddie Gaedel’s historic major league appearance, go to the link below from mynewsla.com:

http://mynewsla.com/sports/2015/08/19/south-pasadena-celebration-anniversary-of-memorable-baseball-moment/

Gretzky’s Son Trevor Continues Pursuit of Baseball Career

Trevor Gretzky decided not to follow his father’s career in hockey, when he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2011.  Now in his fourth professional season at age 22, he still finds himself  at the Class A level in the Los Angeles Angels organization.

Trevor is playing full time at Burlington in the Midwest League this season, hoping to develop some consistency that will allow him to progress to the next level.

Wayne Gretzky has been a huge baseball fan, and encouraged his son to pursue a career in baseball.

Read more about Trevor Gretzky at the link below from the Orange County Register:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trevor-667496-gretzky-baseball.html