Luke Farrell Faces His Father’s Team in MLB Game

In the first time they were on the same field together, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luke Farrell played against his father’s Boston Red Sox team.  John Farrell is the manager of the Red Sox.  It was the first time a son pitched against his father’s team in the majors.

Luke pitched a scoreless inning in the 9th, as Boston won the game, 5-0.

He was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.  He had made his major-league debut with the Royals on July 1, but then was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Reds claimed him off waivers on August 9.

John is a former major-league pitcher during 1987 to 1996.  He has managed the Red Sox since 2013 and previously managed the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 and 2012.

Luke has two brothers in professional baseball.  Jeremy is a minor-league coach in the Cjhicago Cubs organization, while Shane is a scout with the Cubs.

For more information about Luke’s game against his dad, follow the link below:

http://m.redsox.mlb.com/news/article/255755128/luke-farrell-faces-john-farrells-red-sox/

 

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Chad Wallach Gets Call-up to Majors

Chad Wallach got his first major-league call-up this week, as the Cincinnati Reds needed a catcher to backfill for two other players who had taken leave for the birth of their children.

Chad was a fifth-round pick of the Miami Marlins in the 2013 MLB Draft.  He joined the Reds organization in 2015.   This season was his first at the Triple-A level.

Chad is the son of current Marlins coach Tim Wallach, who had a 17-year career, primarily with the Montreal Expos.  Chad has two brothers, Brett and Matt, who had brief professional careers.

To read more about Chad Wallach, follow the link below from the Dayton Daily News:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/baseball/chad-wallach-life-father-like-son/GmxSfUHvboIiCuCaxMHg0J/

Mike Yastrzemski Feels No Pressure from his Famous Last Name

Mike Yastrzemski, an outfielder in the Baltimore Orioles farm system, gets immediate recognition every place he plays because his grandfather was legendary Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski.  However, Mike says he doesn’t feel the added pressure brought on him by fans, as he makes his way through the minors.

Mike was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in the 2009 MLB Draft, but chose to attend Vanderbilt University instead.  He was drafted again in 2012, but chose to return to Vandy for his senior year.  Then in the 2013 MLB Draft, he was selected in the 14th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

His father, Mike Yastrzemski, played three seasons at the Triple-A level in the Chicago White Sox organization in 1986-1988, but never advanced to the majors.

Grandfather Carl was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 after 23 major-league seasons in which he won the Triple Crown in 1967 and made 18 all-star appearances.

For more information about Mike Yastrzemski’s family relationships, follow the link below from the Hartford Courant:

http://www.courant.com/sports/baseball/yard-goats/

 

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

Mark Leiter Jr. Pitches for his Father’s Team

Mark Leiter Jr. got his first major-league win with the Philadelphia Phillies on June 23, joining his father as the 15th father-son combination to start for the same team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Mark was drafted by the Phillies in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Mark Sr. pitched two seasons with the Phillies in 1997 and 1998, when he led the National League in losing decisions (17) by a pitcher.  Overall, he pitched for 11 seasons with eight different clubs.

Mark Jr.’s uncle, Al Leiter, won 162 major-league games, while winning World Series championships with Toronto in 1993 and Florida in 1997.

For more information about Mark Leiter Jr., follow the link below from The Morning Call:

http://www.mcall.com/sports/baseball/phillies/

Bo Weiss Follows in his Father’s Footsteps at UNC

Bo Weiss had a choice to attend Stanford or University of North Carolina to play college baseball, and he wound up at UNC largely because his father also played there in the 1980s.

His dad is Walt Weiss, former major-league shortstop for 14 years during 1987 and 2000.  Walt was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1988 for the Oakland A’s.  He later managed the Colorado Rockies from 2013 to 2016.

Bo passed up a chance last year to sign professionally out of high school with the New York Yankees after being drafted in the 29th round.  Of course, Tar Heel fans recall his father’s time at UNC and are hoping for similar results.

Bo’s brother, Brody, was also a Major League Baseball draft selection, being taken by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round of the 2013 Draft, but he did not sign.

Read more about Bo Weiss at the link below from North State Journal:

http://www.nsjonline.com/article/2017/05/major-league-sons-thriving-at-state-schools

 

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