State College of Florida Has Three Players with MLB Ties

Three members of the State College of Florida Manatees team have family ties in the major-leagues.

Jaren Shelby is the son of John Shelby, former outfielder for 11 seasons, primarily playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles.  Jaren’s cousin, Josh Harrison, is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brock Bell is the son of Jay Bell, former infielder for 18 seasons, primarily playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks.  Brock’s brother, Brantley, is currently an infielder in the Cincinnati Reds farm system.

Rougie Odor is the nephew of current Texas Ranger shortstop Rougned Odor.  His father, Rouglas Odor, played in the minors and is currently a minor-league coach.

To read more about these three college players, follow the link below from the Bradenton Herald:

http://www.bradenton.com/sports/article209237439.html

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Brantley Bell and Tyler Nevin Understand Expectations Can be High

Brantley Bell and Tyler Nevin are both sons of former successful major leaguers.  They were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft and have started their pro careers, Nevin in the Rockies organization and Bell in the Reds system.

Both of the young players realize there are high expectations of them from having bloodlines that include former major leaguers.

Bell is the son of Jay Bell, an 18-year infielder in the big leagues, who made the All-Star team three years and played for the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.

Nevin is the son of Phil Nevin, the first overall draft pick of the Houston Astros in 1992.  Phil went on to play for 12 seasons, compiling over 200 career home runs and putting up an All-Star season in 2001 with 46 home runs and 126 RBI for the San Diego Padres.

Read more about Brantley Bell and Tyler Nevin at the link below from the Billings Gazette:

http://billingsgazette.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/pioneer-league/mustangs/big-shoes-mustangs-bell-rockies-nevin-try-to-surpass-fathers/article_45f653a8-2df3-55e2-8590-11264c99e5b0.html

Brantley Bell Grew Up Around Baseball

Brantley Bell got his love for baseball hanging around Major League clubhouses when his father was playing. Son of Jay bell, Brantley is a freshman infielder with the University of Mississippi. Jay played eighteen seasons in the big leagues, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks. He is now the bench coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

See related story about the Bells at the link below from The Clarion-Ledger:
http://blogs.clarionledger.com/um/2014/03/19/ole-miss-freshman-brantley-bell-grew-up-in-baseball-with-mlb-dad/?nclick_check=1