Kevin Cron continues the family baseball legacy

Kevin Cron made his major-league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 24. He had hit 21 home runs and 62 RBIs prior to his call-up. He is in his sixth pro season after being drafted out of TCU in 2014.

Kevin is the son of Chris Cron, currently a minor-league manager and a former major-league player in 1991 and 1992.

Kevin is the brother of C.J. Cron, who is in his sixth major-league season and currently playing for the Minnesota Twins

For more information about Kevin Cron, follow the link below: https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2019/05/24/big-hug-started-cry-diamondbacks-1-b-kevin-cron-gets-big-league-call-up-news-father/1230630001/

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Chief QB Patrick Mahomes has baseball in his bloodlines

NFL rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes has taken the football world by storm. His superb performance for the Kansas City Chiefs this year has him in the running for NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award.

In addition to his football skills, he also has a background in baseball.  In fact he was drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Plus, his farther Patrick Mahomes played major-league baseball for 11 seasons (1992-2003), finishing with a 42-30 won-loss record and 5.47 ERA.

Mahomes Sr. thought his son’s pro career would be in baseball.  Follow the link below from the Star-Telegram to read a story about this.  https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/mac-engel/article224077675.html

Gators’ JJ Schwarz in Baseball Because of his Father

JJ Schwarz is currently helping the Florida Gators make a strong run at returning to the College World Series.  The junior catcher turned down a chance to enter professional baseball out of high school after being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.  His wait is paying off for him.

JJ is the son of Jeff Schwarz, a former major-league for the Chicago White Sox and California Angels during 1993-1994.  Jeff then worked in the Miami Marlins organization as a minor league coach and pitching coordinator.

JJ attributes his interest in baseball directly to his father’s influence at a very young age.

Read more about JJ Schwarz at the link below from seccountry.com:

https://www.seccountry.com/florida/jj-schwarz-found-swing-gave-floridas-baseball-season-jolt

Benito Santiago Jr. Got Good View of Baseball as ML Batboy

Benito Santiago Jr. is currently playing baseball at the University of Tennessee, after passing on the opportunity to play pro baseball in 2014 when he was selected in the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants in the 38th round.

His father, Benito, was a major-league player from 1986 to 2005, appearing with nine teams, but primarily with the San Diego Padres. Santiago Sr. was National League Rookie of the Year in 1986 and was a five-time All-Star.

When he was seven years old, Benito Jr. served as batboy for one of his father’s team, the Giants, so he got a good chance to experience professional baseball at a very early age.  He plays catcher like his father, who was a Gold Glove winner at the position for three seasons.

For more information about Benito Santiago Jr., see the link below from The Barnstable Patriot:

http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/news/20160729/catcher-benito-santiago-jr-makes-his-own-name-for-hyannis

Sheffield Brothers are Top Pitching Prospects

Jordan and Justus Sheffield are making their names in baseball as top pitchers.

Jordan passed up the major leagues out of high school to sign with  Vanderbilt University.  He is currently one of the top pitchers in the SEC and is expected to be a future first-round pick.

Younger brother Justus passed up college and signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians after being selected in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

The brothers are the nephews of former major league all-star Gary Sheffield.

Read more about the Sheffield brothers at the link below from The News & Advance:

http://www.newsadvance.com/sports/hillcats/brothers-in-arms-sheffield-siblings-thriving-in-baseball/article_cdc6403a-8ebb-513f-ab4e-b126904c02ea.html

 

Reid-Foley Brothers Help Each Other Out

Siblings often grow up as rivals, especially in playground sports.  However, in the case of Sean and David Reid-Foley, the two professional baseball players looked to each other during spring training for support.

Sean plays in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, after having been drafted in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft.  The 20-year-old power pitcher is now playing for Lansing, a Single-A affiliate of the Blue Jays.

Sean’s brother David is also a pitcher and plays in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

To read more about the Reid-Foley brothers, follow the link below from Sportsnet:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/brothers-in-blue-jays-sean-reid-foley-gets-help-from-sibling-in-dodgers-system/

Mets Rookie Conforto Comes From Athletic Bloodlines

New York Mets rookie Michael Conforto is playing in the 2015 Major League World Series in only his second professional season.  He was the Mets’ first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Conforto comes from an athletic family.  His father played football for Penn State in the late 1970s, and was a linebacker on two teams that finished in the top 5 in the nation.  Conforto’s mother, Tracie Ruiz, was a gold medalist on the 1984 USA Olympic team in the synchronized swimming event.

Conforto was good enough in high school football to attract some interest from Division I schools, but chose to play baseball at the University of Oregon instead.

Read more about the Conforto family at the link below from philly.com:

http://articles.philly.com/2015-10-09/sports/67232960_1_penn-state-beaver-stadium-new-york-mets