2013 Draft: Baseball Bloodlines

Baseball is generational game, traditionally passed down from father to son. As such, the game is filled with familial connections. Every draft has a good number of players drafted with grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers and cousins involved in the sport somehow. Here are some of the most prominent of those players for the 2013 draft, with a few players with other interesting relatives mixed in, as well.

 

PLAYER POS SCHOOL
Michael Ahmed 3B Holy Cross
Brother is Diamondbacks shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed
Brenton Allen OF UCLA
Brother is former NFL running back Tony Fisher
Trever Allen OF Arizona State
Father is former MLB outfielder Jamie Allen
J.J. Altobelli SS Oregon
Father is Orange Coast (Calif.) head coach John Altobelli
Robert Amaro 3B Virginia
Uncle is Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro
David Andriese OF UC Riverside
Brother is Padres pitching prospect Matt Andriese
Jonah Arenado 3B El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif.
Brother is Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado
Alex Balog RHP San Francisco
Brother is Orioles minor league first baseman Nik Balog
Nick Bando C/RHP San Diego Christian JC
Father is former MLB catcher Chris Bando; uncle is former MLB third baseman Sal Bando
Max Bartlett SS Starkville (Miss.) Academy
Father is Indians area scout Chuck Bartlett
Tad Barton RHP Millersville (Pa.)
Father is former MLB pitcher, coach and scout Shawn Barton
Kody Batesole SS Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif.
Father is Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole
Brantley Bell SS Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix
Father is former MLB infielder Jay Bell
Cody Bellinger 1B Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.
Father is former MLB infielder Clay Bellinger
Michael Benjamin 3B Arizona State
Father is former minor league infielder Michael Benjamin
Cameron Berra 1B Eastern Illinois
Distant relative of Hall of Famer Yogi Berra
Cole Bieser OF Southeast Missouri State
Father is former MLB outfielder and current Southeast Missouri State head coach Steve Bieser
Cavan Biggio 2B St. Thomas HS, Houston
Father is seven-time all-star second baseman Craig Biggio
Luke Borders 3B Winter Haven (Fla.) HS
Father is former MLB catcher Pat Borders
Akeem Bostick RHP West Florence (S.C.) HS
Cousin is Packers tight end Brandon Bostick
Tom Bourdon OF Boston College
Brother is former Rays minor leaguer Michael Bourdon
Rafael Bournigal SS Lakeland (Fla.) Christian HS
Father is former MLB shortstop Rafael Bournigal
Matt Boyd LHP Oregon State
Distant relative of Hall of Famer Bob Feller and former first lady Dolly Madison
Alex Boyd RHP/SS Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista, Calif.
Uncle is former MLB pitcher Oil Can Boyd
Justin Brantley RHP Sienna
Uncle is former MLB outfielder and hitting coach Mickey Brantley; cousin is Indians outfielder Michael Brantley
Colin Bray OF Faulkner State (Ala.) JC
Father is former Expos minor leaguer Scott Bray
Hunter Brothers RHP Lipscomb
Brother is Rockies lefthander Rex Brothers
Kyle Bruggemann RHP Cal Poly
Father is former minor leaguer Jeff Bruggemann, MLB’s current ambassador to China
Jaycob Brugman OF Brigham Young
Brother-in-law is former Dodgers minor leaguer Derek Cone
Gunnar Buhner 2B Mount Si HS, Snoqualmie, Wash.
Father is former MLB outfielder Jay Buhner
Zach Burdi RHP Downer’s Grove South (Ill.) HS
Brother is Louisville righthander Nick Burdi, a top draft prospect for 2014
Austin Cangelosi SS Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.
Father is former MLB outfielder John Cangelosi
Kacy Clemens RHP Memorial HS, Houston
Father is 11-time all-star pitcher Roger Clemens
Joey Coonrod RHP Kaskaskia (Ill.)
Brother is Southern Illinois righthander Sam Coonrod, a top prospect for 2014
Josh Cotham RHP Lipscomb
Brother is Yankees minor league pitcher Caleb Cotham
Cody Crabaugh RHP Oklahoma City
Father is Oklahoma City head coach Denney Crabaugh
J.P. Crawford SS Lakewood (Calif.) HS
Father is former Canadian Football League player Larry Crawford; distant relative of Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford
Mijon Cummings OF Steinbrenner HS, Tampa
Father is former MLB outfielder Midre Cummings
Michael Darr OF Santiago HS, Corona, Calif.
Father and grandfather (both named Mike Darr) played in MLB
Cody Dent OF Florida
Father is former MLB all-star Bucky Dent
Edwin Diaz SS Martine HS, Vega Alta, P.R.
Father is former MLB infielder Edwin Diaz
Danny Diekroeger 2B Stanford
Brother is Royals minor  league infielder Kenny Diekroeger
Spencer Drake RHP Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC
Brother is former White Sox minor league pitcher Blake Drake
Dalton Dulin 2B Memphis University HS
Son is former minor leaguer and travel ball coach Tim Dulin
Dakota Dvorak RHP Wagner
Cousin is former MLB catcher Craig Colbert
Tucker Esmay 2B Arizona State
Father is Arizona State head coach Tim Esmay
Luke Farrell RHP Northwestern
Father is former MLB pitcher and Red Sox manager John Farrell
Kris Gardner LHP Wichita State
Father is former minor league pitcher Scott Gardner
Bobby Geren C Princeton
Father is former MLB catcher and manager Bob Geren
Drew Ghelfi RHP Minnesota
Father is former MLB pitcher Tony Ghelfi
Ronnie Gideon 3B Hallsville (Texas) HS
Father is Rockies minor league development supervisor Ron Gideon
Connor Goedert 3B Neosho County (Kan.) CC
Brother is Pirates minor league third baseman Jared Goedert
Marco Gonzales LHP Gonzaga
Father is former minor league pitcher and Rockies minor league pitching coach Frank Gonzales
Austin Grebeck OF Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
Father is former MLB shortstop Craig Grebeck
Seth Greene RHP Virginia Commonwealth
Father is former MLB pitcher Tommy Greene
Reed Harper SS Austin Peay State
Brother is Braves minor leaguer Ryne Harper
Greg Harris RHP Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS
Father is former MLB pitcher Greg Harris
Greg Harrison 1B Furman
Brother is Mets minor leaguer Brian Harrison
Hunter Harvey RHP Bandys HS, Catawba, N.C.
Father is former MLB righthander Bryan Harvey; brother is former minor leaguer Kris Harvey
Jordan Haseltine RHP San Francisco
Brother Trevin is also a prospect for the 2013 draft
Trevin Haseltine RHP Wood HS, Vacaville, Calif.
Brother Jordan is also a prospect for the 2013 draft
Blake Hennessey SS Arlington Country Day HS, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Father is former minor leaguer and Dodgers Florida scout Scott Hennessey
Jacob Heyward OF Eagles Landing Christian Academy
Brother is Braves outfielder Jason Heyward
Blake Higgins RHP Jackson (Mich.) CC
Brother is Marlins minor league pitcher Tyler Higgins
Justin Higley OF Sacramento State
Cousin is Nationals minor league outfielder J.P. Higley
Chad Hockin RHP Damien HS, La Verne, Calif.
Grandfather is Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew
Brad Holland SS Mesquite HS, Gilbert, Ariz.
Father is Phillies area scout Brad Holland
Seth Holman RHP Cowley County (Kan.) CC
Uncles are former MLB pitchers Brad Holman and Brian Holman
Jonathan Holt OF East Carolina
Brother is Nationals minor league righthander Greg Holt
Carter Hope RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
Brother is Marlins minor league pitcher Mason Hope
Torii Hunter Jr. OF Prosper (Texas) HS
Father is nine-time Gold Glove outfielder Torii Hunter
Anthony Hutting OF Cal State Fullerton
Cousin is former MLB outfielder Aaron Rowand; cousin is Royals pitcher James Shields
Joe Jackson C The Citadel
Distant relative of Shoeless Joe Jackson
Daulton Jefferies RHP Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, Calif.
Brother is Marlins minor league pitcher Jake Jefferies
Alex Jones 3B Pell City (Ala.) HS
Father is former MLB pitcher Todd Jones
Ryder Jones 3B/RHP Watauga HS, Boone, N.C.
Father is Appalachian State head coach Billy Jones
Jake Kalish OF George Mason
Brother is Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish
Pat Kaminska RHP Central Michigan
Father is former minor leaguer Kris Kaminska; brother is Red Sox minor leaguer Kyle Kaminska
Tony Kemp 2B Vanderbilt
Brother is former Brewers minor leaguer Corey Kemp
Jared King OF Kansas State
Brother is Tigers outfield prospect Jason King
Andrew Knapp C California
Father is former minor leaguer Mike Knapp; brother Aaron Knapp is also a 2013 draft prospect
Aaron Knapp OF Granite Bay (Calif.) HS
Father is former minor leaguer Mike Knapp; brother Andrew Knapp is also a 2013 draft prospect
Ricky Knapp RHP Florida Gulf Coast
Father is Dodgers minor league pitching coach Rick Knapp
Trace Knoblauch 1B Indiana
Uncle is former MLB second baseman Chuck Knoblauch
Austin Kubitza RHP Rice
Brother is Braves third base prospect Kyle Kubitza
Jake Kucek C Youngstown State
Father is former MLB pitcher Jack Kucek
Kevin Kuntz SS Kansas
Father is former MLB outfielder and Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz
Angel Landazuri RHP Redlands (Calif.) HS
Cousin is Mariners pitching prospect Steve Landazuri
Adam Law 2B Brigham Young
Father is former MLB all-star infielder Vance Law; grandfather is 1960 Cy Young award winner Vern Law
David Ledbetter RHP Cedarville (Ohio)
Twin brother Ryan also plays at Cedarville and is a prospect for the draft
Ryan Ledbetter RHP/2B Cedarville (Ohio)
Twin brother David also plays at Cedarville and is a prospect for the draft
Ryan Lidge C Barrington (Ill.) HS
Cousin is former MLB pitcher Brad Lidge
Corey Littrell LHP Kentucky
Grandfather is former MLB infielder Jack Littrell; father is former minor leaguer Jack Littrell
Jaron Long RHP Ohio State
Father is Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long
Dylan Manwaring 3B Horseheads (N.Y.) HS
Father is former MLB catcher Kirt Manwaring
Blaise Maris C St. Francis Caholic HS, Gainesville, Fla.
Grandfather is Yankees legend Roger Maris
Cody Martin OF College of Charleston
Brother is Phillies pitching prospect Ethan Martin
David Masters SS Central Arizona JC
Second cousin is actor Jon Hamm
Jacob May OF Coastal Carolina
Grandfather is former MLB outfielder Lee May; father is Mariners hitting coordinator Lee May Jr.
L.J. Mazzilli 2B Connecticut
Father is former MLB infielder Lee Mazzilli
Ty McFarland OF James Madison
Father is James Madison head coach Spanky McFarland
Kyle McGowin RHP Savannah State
Distant relative of Ty Cobb
Andrew McWilliam 3B Westview HS, San Diego
Father is Tigers West Coast crosschecker Tim McWilliam
Jack Meggs OF Bellevue (Wash.) HS
Father is Washington head coach Lindsay Meggs
Nick Merullo C James Madison
Father is former MLB catcher Matt Merullo
Matt Milke RHP Brigham Young
Father is former Mets minor leaguer George Milke
Ian Miller OF Wagner
Father is former minor leaguer Mark Miller; father’s godfather is former Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh
Jason Monda 1B/RHP Washington State
Father is former minor league first baseman Greg Monda
Colin Moran 3B North Carolina
Brother is Mariners pitching prospect Brian Moran; uncle is former MLB outfielder B.J. Surhoff; uncle is former MLB pitcher Rich Surhoff
Dillon Moyer SS UC San Diego
Father is former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer
Luke Munson LHP James Madison
Brother is Diamondbacks pitching prospect Kevin Munson
Tucker Neuhaus SS Wharton HS, Tampa
Father is former head coach of Division-III Bethel (Minn.)
Trey Nielsen 1B/RHP Utah
Father is former MLB pitcher Scott Nielsen
Michael O’Neill OF Michigan
Uncle is former MLB outfielder Michael O’Neill
Matt Orloff 2B Cal State Fullerton
Brother is Astros minor leaguer Ben Orloff
Preston Palmeiro 1B Heritage HS, Frisco, Texas
Father is four-time all-star first baseman Rafael Palmeiro
Jordan Parr OF Illinois
Twin brother Justin also plays at Illinois
Justin Parr OF Illinois
Twin brother Jordan also plays at Illinois
Kirby Pellant 2B Ohio State
Father is White Sox scout Gary Pellant
D.J. Peterson 3B New Mexico
Brother is 2013 draft prospect Dustin Peterson
Dustin Peterson 3B Gilbert (Ariz.) HS
Brother is 2013 draft prospect D.J. Peterson
Josh Pettitte RHP Deer Park (Texas) HS
Father is Yankees lefthander Andy Pettitte
Jimmy Pickens OF Michigan State
Brother is former minor league catcher Doug Pickens
Chad Pinder 3B Virginia Tech
Father is former minor league pitcher Chris Pinder
Ryan Plantier OF Cornell
Father is former MLB first baseman Phil Plantier
Zach Plesac RHP Crown Point (Ind.) HS
Uncle is former MLB pitcher and MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac
Cal Quantrill RHP Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ont.
Father is former MLB pitcher Paul Quantrill
Logan Quimuyog 1B Mosely HS, Lynn Haven, Fla.
Father is Twins East Coast crosschecker Mark Quimuyog
Manny Ramirez Jr. OF IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Father is 12-time all star outfielder Manny Ramirez
Reno Rankin OF Cleveland HS, Los Angeles
Uncle is actor Jamie Foxx
Javier Reynoso LHP Middle Georgia JC
Father is former MLB outfielder Reggie Williams
Jake Richmond SS Oak Hills HS, Cincinnati
Brother is White Sox minor league outfielder Josh Richmond
Kramer Robertson SS Midway HS, Waco, Texas
Mother is Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey
Dillon Robinson 3B Brigham Young
Brother is former Cardinals minor leaguer Darek Robinson; Marlins minor league righthander Jordan Smith and former Blue Jays minor league righthander Egan Smith are first cousins, once removed
Daniel Rockett OF Texas-San Antonio
Brother is former Tigers minor league outfielder Michael Rockett
Elijah Rodriguez 2B Grand Street Campus HS, New York
Father is former MLB pitcher Frankie Rodriguez
Ali Rodriguez SS New York Institute of Technology
Uncle is Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
Leo Rojas 3B Alabama State
Father is former minor leaguer Alvaro Espinosa
Jake Romanski C/RHP San Diego State
Brother is Yankees minor league pitcher Josh Romanski
Dante Rosenberg C South Carolina
Father is former MLB pitcher Steve Rosenberg
Shane Rowland C Tampa
Father is Yankees international scouting director Donny Rowland
Dalton Saberhagen LHP Tennessee
Father is former MLB pitcher Bret Saberhagen
Andrew Sable 3B George Mason
Father is former minor league infielder Luke Sable
Parker Sanburn RHP Kokomo (Ind.) HS
Brother is Athletics pitching prospect Nolan Sanburn
Cord Sandberg OF Manatee HS, Bradenton, Fla.
Father is former minor leaguer Chuck Sandberg
Lukas Schiraldi RHP Navarro (Texas) JC
Father is former MLB pitcher Calvin Schiraldi
Andrew Schmidt OF Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo.
Father is Rockies scouting director Bill Schmidt
Erik Schoenrock LHP Memphis
Father is Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock
Travis Seabrooke LHP Crestwood SS, North Monaghan, Ont.
Father is former NHL player Glen Seabrooke
Justin Seager 3B Charlotte
Brother is Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager; brother is Dodgers 2012 first-round pick Corey Seager
Cody Semler 2B Weatherford (Texas) JC
Father is Mets area scout Max Semler
Kyle Serrano RHP Farragut HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
Father is Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano
JaVon Shelby SS Tates Creek HS, Lexington, Ky.
Father is former MLB outfielder John Shelby; brother is former minor league outfielder John Shelby; cousin is MLB infielder Josh Harrison
Braden Shipley RHP Nevada
Cousin is NFL wide receiver Jordan Shipley
Tyson Simpson OF North Carolina Central
Cousin is Red Sox outfield prospect Jackie Bradley
Ryan Smith RHP Baylor
Father is Baylor head coach Steve Smith
Sebastian Stargell OF Texas Southern
Uncle is Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell
Brock Stewart 2B Illinois State
Father is Padres area scout Jeff Stewart
Kevin Stenhouse OF Rhode Island
Grandfather is former MLB pitcher Dave Stenhouse; father is former MLB outfielder Mike Stenhouse
Gandy Stubblefield RHP Texas A&M
Brother Tyler is also a prospect for the draft
Tyler Stubblefield LHP Texas
Brother Gandy is also a prospect for the draft
Sam Tewes RHP Waverly (Neb.) HS
Father is former team doctor for Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Timberwolves Doug Tewes
Wes Torrez RHP Jacksonville
Father is former MLB pitcher Mike Torrez; cousin is former minor league pitcher David Proctor; cousin is former minor league pitcher Theodore Heflin; cousin is former minor league first baseman John Wayne Proctor
J.D. Underwood RHP Palm Beach State (Fla.) JC
Father is former MLB pitcher Tom Underwood
Riley Unroe SS Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz.
Father is former MLB infielder Tim Unroe
Pat Valaika SS UCLA
Brother is Marlins infielder Chris Valaika
Tanner Vavra 2B Valparaiso
Father is Twins third base coach Joe Vavra
Ben Verlander OF Old Dominion
Brother is Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander
Austin Voth RHP Washington
Cousin is Cardinals pitching prospect Sam Gaviglio
Chad Wallach C Cal State Fullerton
Father is former MLB third baseman Tim Wallach; brother Matt is a catcher in the Dodgers system; brother Brett also played in the minor leagues
Brodie Weiss SS Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo.
Father is former MLB shortstop and Rockies manager Walt Weiss
Erich Weiss 3B Texas
Father is former MLB infielder Gary Weiss
Jamie Westbrook 2B Basha HS, Chandler, Ariz.
Distant cousin of former NFL running back Brian Westbrook
Seaver Whalen SS Union HS, Camas, Wash.
Father is Brewers area scout Shawn Whalen
Sutton Whiting SS Louisville
Brother is former minor league outfielder Boomer Whiting
Daniel Williams OF Cedar Ridge HS, Round Rock, Texas
Uncle is former NFL cornerback Ken Taylor; brother is Buffalo Bills defensive back Aaron Williams
Trey Williams 3B JC of the Canyons (Calif.)
Father is former MLB infielder Eddie Williams
Sam Wolff RHP New Mexico
Father is former minor leaguer Steven Wolff
Kean Wong 2B Waiakea HS, Hilo, Hawaii
Brother is Cardinals second base prospect Kolten Wong
Matt Wotherspoon RHP Pittsburgh
Uncle is former Cubs manager Mike Quade
Jordan Wren OF Landmark Christian School, Fairburn, Ga.
Father is Braves general manager Frank Wren
Kyle Wren OF Georgia Tech
Father is Braves general manager Frank Wren
Stephen Wrenn OF Walton HS, Marietta, Ga.
Father is former minor leaguer Stephen Wrenn
Mike Yastrzemski OF Vanderbilt
Grandfather is Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski
Cody Yount OF Virginia Commonwealth
Father is former MLB pitcher Larry Yount; uncle is Hall of Famer Robin Yount
Tyler Zupcic OF Appalachian State
Father is former MLB outfielder Bob Zupcic

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