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

Bundy Brothers Aim to Realize Their Potential

Brothers Dylan and Bobby Bundy are both attempting comebacks from Tommy John surgeries, as they make their way up the ladder in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Dylan, the fourth overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft was once considered among the top pitching prospects in the Orioles organization and even made his major league debut in a brief call-up in 2012 as a 19-year-old. However, he missed all of the 2013 season and most of last season, recovering from his surgery.

Older brother Bobby was drafted in 2008 by the Orioles and he similarly missed the 2013 season and most of 2014.

Both of the brothers are optimistic about being able to fully return for the 2015 and resume the pursuit of their highly anticipated potential.

Read more about the Bundy brothers at the link below from Tulsa World:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/mlb/bundy-brothers-hope-to-pitch-together-again/article_03f400c2-8e4e-542a-861c-1601e33fcead.html

Bichette Jr. Expects to Live Up to his Father’s Name

Dante Bichette Jr. is in his fourth professional season after being drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round as a supplemental pick (51st overall) in 2011. His father, Dante Sr., had a 14-year career in the Major Leagues, which included the 1995 season when he led the National League in home runs and RBI. Thus, Dante Jr. feels a lot of pressure because of his father’s career. He was coached by his father growing up and attributes all he knows about the game to him.

While Dante Jr. has struggled in the low minors, he seems to have turned the corner this season, being recently promoted to Double-A Trenton in the Yankees farm system.

See related story about Dante Bichette Jr. at the link below from The Trentonian:
http://www.trentonian.com/sports/20140808/bichette-jr-living-up-to-high-praise