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:


2013 MLB Draft Will Fill Pipeline of Baseball Relatives

Over 80 relatives of MLB players, managers, coaches, scouts and executives are expected to be selected in the 2013 MLB Draft starting today–evidence that baseball’s “family tree” is producing more fruit in the form of hitters and pitchers. This year’s crop includes familiar names like Berra, Biggio, Clemens, Mazzilli, Pettitte, and Yastrzemski.

My book, Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseball’s Relatives is the “bible” for baseball’s family relationships. It can be purchased at

See attached article from for a pretty good list of potential 2013 draftees: