Spring is a tough time for Torii Hunter Jr., as he looks to balance his time between football and baseball at Notre Dame.
Torii is currently a junior, with two seasons under his belt on the Fighting Irish football team. He is in his second season on the baseball team, although he has played sparingly.
He is the son of Torii Hunter, who retired from Major League Baseball in 2015 after putting in 19 seasons, including five All-Star selections and nine Gold Glove awards.
Torii was drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, but chose to attend Notre Dame.
Read more about Torii Hunter Jr. at the link below from the Chicago Tribune:
Cody Bellinger had an outstanding year in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league organization in 2015. His numbers included home runs and 103 RBI for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Cody was drafted out of high school in the 4th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Dodgers.
Cody’s father, Clay, played for the New York Yankees from 1999 to 2001, a member of two World Series teams.
Cody has fond memories of hanging out the stadium with his father, who was a teammate with the likes of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
Read more about Cody Bellinger at the link below from the Daily Bulletin:
Craig Biggio will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in late July as a veteran of the Houston Astros, where he played for twenty seasons. He was voted in this year, after coming within only a few votes of being elected in 2014.
2015 has also been a big season for two of Biggio’s sons. Conor finished his college career at the University of Notre Dame, earning three letters, while Cavan completed his second season with the Fighting Irish. They were both key players on the team.
Conor was drafted by his father’s team, the Astros, in the 34th round of this year’s Major League Draft. Cavan had been a previous pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013.
Read more about the Biggio family at the link below from baseballessential.com:
Major Leaguer Torii Hunter’s son is set to be on the diamond for Notre Dame this spring. Torii Hunter Jr. had accepted a scholarship to play football for the Irish, but also has a baseball background from high school. Hunter Jr. is expected to get a shot to play in the outfield. He had been a 36th round draft choice of the Detroit Tigers in 2013.
Read more about Torii Hunter Jr. at the link below from mlb.com:
Twin brothers Taylor and Tyler Rogers are roommates in the Arizona Fall League, but play on opposing teams in the prestigious league for up-and- coming major league prospects.
Taylor is a third-year professional in the Minnesota Twins organization, after being drafted in the 11th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Tyler is a pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization, having been drafted in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
See related story about the Rogers brothers at the link below from m.twins.mlb.com:
Brody Weiss is the son of Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss. Brody is currently playing for the University of California, Santa Barbara, after passing up an opportunity to sign professionally in 2013. He was drafted by his father’s team that year, but decided attending college was his better option.
Brody has encountered the difficulties, as well as the perks, of growing up as the son of a major leaguer. He knows he has a good source of advice from his father. However, he isn’t one to solely rely on his father’s career to carry him–he knows he has to make his own way.
See related story about Brody Weiss at the link below from LaCrossTribune.com:
Joe Vavra is currently the third base coach for the Minnesota Twins. He has two sons who have recently joined the Twins organization after being drafted out of college. Tanner was the Twins’ 30th round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Valparaiso University and is currently a second baseman for Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League. Trey, a 33rd round pick of the Twins out of Florida Southern College in the 2014 MLB Draft, is a first baseman with Elizabethton in the Appalachian Rookie League.
Joe insists he did not try to influence the Twins in selecting his sons, that they earned their shots on their own merits.
See the related story about the Vavra family at the link below from msn.foxsports.com: