Zach Plesac gets major-league call-up

Pitcher Zach Plesac made his major-league debut for the Cleveland Indians on May 28, joining his uncle Dan Plesac in the major-league ranks.

Zach is in only his third professional season, after being drafted in the 12th round out of Ball State University.

Dan Plesac played 18 seasons in the majors, pitching in over 1,000 games as a relief pitcher. He was selected as an all-star in three seasons.

Zach’s father, Joe, played in the minors from 1982 to 1987 in the Padres organization.

For more information about Zach Plesac, follow the links below:

https://www.wkyc.com/article/sports/mlb/indians/indians-sp-zach-plesac-receives-letter-from-david-price-after-major-league-debut/95-abb61874-d609-4e02-8298-c55c38cf49bb

https://www.yardbarker.com/mlb/articles/another_relative_of_mlb_star_promoted_to_the_majors/s1_12680_29174477

Joe Dunand makes good use of experience with Uncle A-Rod

Joe Dunand is the nephew of Alex Rodriguez. His father, Joe Sr., is the half-brother of Rodriguez. The younger Dunand used to travel with A-Rod as a New York Yankee and gained first-hand experience with what it was like to be in the big leagues.

Now Joe Jr. is now in his third professional season in the Miami Marlins organization. He was a second-round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2017 MLB Draft after playing for North Carolina State.

Click here to read more from the Florida Times-Union about Joe’s pursuit of a major-league career like his uncle.

Kacy Clemens Makes Strides Toward Major League Career

Kacy Clemens, the son of former major-league pitcher Roger Clemens, completed his first minor-league season with Class A Vancouver in the Toronto Blue Jays system.  The first baseman managed to hit .274 with 4 home runs and 45 RBI.  He had been selected in the eighth round of the 2017 MLB Draft after playing four seasons at the University of Texas.

The Blue Jays farm system features several other sons of famous major-league players, including second baseman Cavan Biggio (son of Craig), shortstop Bo Bichette (son of Dante), and third baseman Valadimir Guerrero Jr. (son of Vladimir Sr.).  The younger Clemens hopes one day to join these players as the starting infield with the big-league Blue Jays.

To read more about Kacy Clemens, follow the link below from the The Globe and Mail:

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/kacy-clemens-son-of-roger-swings-for-the-majors/article36166842/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Like His Name, Trei Cruz Aims to Make it Three

Trei Cruz was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 35th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, but he knows it was out of courtesy for his grandfather and father who both played in the big-leagues with the Astros.  Before the draft, Trei had let it be known he had plans to play baseball at Rice University in 2018.

Trei’s grandfather, Jose Cruz Sr., was one of three brothers to make it to the big-leagues.  After starting his career in St. Louis, Jose Sr. made his mark with the Houston Astros, with whom he played 13 seasons.  Altogether, he logged 19 big-league seasons in which he compiled a .284 batting average, 2,221 hits, 165 home runs and 1,077 RBI.  He is one of the more popular players in Astros history.

Trei’s father, Jose Cruz Jr., played at Rice University before being drafted in the first round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.  He was runner-up for American League Rookie of the Year in 1997.  Jose Jr. wound up playing 12 major-league seasons, primarily with the Toronto Blue Jays.  His last season was with the Astros in 2008.

Trei has hopes of his family will ultimately join the elite group of families who have had three-generations of major-leaguers, including the Bells, Boones, Colemans, and Hairstons.

For more information about Trei Cruz’s baseball family, follow the link below from the Houston Chronicle:

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/astros/article/Trei-Cruz-following-in-family-s-baseball-footsteps-11285035.php

 

Tyler Osik Puts Pro Career on Hold

Tyler Osik was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 40th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.  However, he chose not to sign at this time, instead deciding to continue his collegiate career at Division I Central Florida.  Most recently, he played for Chipola College.

Tyler has worn the Pirates uniform before, when his father, Keith Osik, was a catcher for the big-league Pirates.  Keith spent 10 major-league seasons from 1996 to 2001.

Tyler is aiming to get another chance at pro baseball.

For more information about Tyler Osik, follow the link below from Riverhead News-Review:

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2017/07/81754/baseball-hard-work-transforms-swr-grad-tyler-osik-into-pro-prospect/

 

Kacy Clemens Starts His Pro Career

Kacy Clemens has one of the most famous fathers in baseball, Roger Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.  However, Kacy looks forward to making his own name in baseball.

Kacy was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 8th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, after his college career at the University of Texas.  He had also been drafted in 2013 by the Houston Astros.  Kacy started his professional career in the Blue Jays organization as a rookie with Vancouver in the Northwest League.

Kacy has two brothers, Kody (drafted by Astros in 2015) and Koby (pro career from 2005-2014), who also played baseball.

For more information about Kacy Clemens, follow the link below from The Province:

http://theprovince.com/sports/baseball/kacy-clemens-proud-of-pop-but-aims-to-make-a-name-for-himself-with-cs

 

Gavin Sheets Coached by his Father, Former MLB Player

Gavin Sheets was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft.  He was a junior first baseman at Wake Forest during the 2017 season.

He was coached in high school by his father, Larry Sheets, a veteran of eight major-league seasons, primarily with the Baltimore Orioles.  Larry’s best season was 1987 when he hit 31 HR and 94 RBI, while batting .316.

For more information about the father-son relationship of Gavin and Larry Sheets, follow the link below from pressboxonline.com:

https://www.pressboxonline.com/2017/07/05/gilman-alum-gavin-sheets-hopes-to-follow-in-fathers-footsteps-into-major-leagues