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

Cody Bellinger Gets Promoted by Dodgers

Cody Bellinger, one of the top-rated prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, was called up by the big-league club on April 26.  He is slated to fill an outfield spot initially, although he has primarily been a first-baseman in the minors.  He was a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in the 2013 MLB Draft.

He is the son of Clay Bellinger, who played in four major-league seasons from 1999 to 2002.  He appeared in the 2000 and 2001 World Series with the New York Yankees.

For more information about Cody Bellinger’s career, see the link below from USA Today:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/2017/04/25/cody-bellinger-los-angeles-dodgers-callup/100897878/

Mark Leiter’s Son Gets Big-League Promotion

Mark Leiter Jr. was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies on April 18 from their Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley.  He is in his fifth pro season after being selected by the Phillies in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Mark Jr. is the son of former major-league pitcher Mark Leiter Sr. and the nephew of former major-league pitcher Al Leiter.

Mark Sr. pitched for eleven seasons in the majors, with eight different teams.  For his career, he posted a 65-73 record with a 4.57 ERA and 892 strikeouts in 335 appearances.

Al Leiter won 162 career games and played for two World Series championship teams, Toronto in 1993 and Florida in 1997.

For more information about Mark Leiter Jr., follow the link below from Asbury Park Press:

http://www.app.com/story/sports/baseball/blueclaws/2017/04/18/pro-baseball-phillies-call-up-mark-leiter-jr/100624520/

 

Third-Generation Ballplayer, Jacob May, Makes Major League Debut

Jacob May made his major-league debut with the Chicago White Sox on April 4 against the Detroit Tigers, getting one RBI in four at-bats.  He was a third-round pick of the White Sox out of Coastal Carolina University in the 2013 MLB Draft.

May is the son of Lee May Jr., currently a minor-league coach in the Boston Red Sox organization.  Lee Jr. played eight minor-seasons with the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, reaching the Triple-A level but never appearing in a big league game.

Jacob is the grandson of Lee May Sr., a three-time all-star and veteran of 18 major-league seasons.  Lee Sr. slammed 344 HR and 1,244 RBI during his career.

Jacob’s great-uncle, Carlos May, also had a major-league career consisting of ten seasons (1968-1977), primarily playing for the Chicago White Sox.  He was a two-time all-star with the White Sox.

Read more about Jacob May by following the link below from the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-new-faces-jacob-may-white-sox-spt-0402-20170331-story.html

Ahmed Brothers Share Residence During Spring Training

Some things never change. Brothers Nick and Mike Ahmed are both in spring training camp in Arizona and they’re still sharing a residence, when they’re not playing for their respective teams.

Nick is a shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks, starting his fourth season with them.  He is coming off of hip surgery which curtailed his 2016 season.

His brother, Mike, a 20th round draft pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, is in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.  The infielder played at the Class A level last season.

Read more about the brothers at the link below from masslive.com:

http://www.masslive.com/sports/2017/02/ahmed_brothers_among_western_m_1.html

 

Torii Hunter Jr. Balances Football and Baseball During Spring

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:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-torii-hunter-jr-notre-dame-football-spt-0317-20160316-story.html