Family Ties In the 2015 Draft Class

Baseball has long been a game of families, with talent stretching across generations and brothers playing alongside each other in the major leagues. This year's draft class includes the sons of some of baseball's biggest recent stars and will bring a whole new wave of players with athletic bloodlines into the game.

Several of those players, such as Georgia prep star Daz Cameron, made the BA 500 and are expected to be selected Monday night when the draft begins. Others, such as Roger Clemens' youngest son Kody are more likely to be picked in the later rounds.

No matter when they are drafted, Baseball America will be keeping track of all the players with familial ties to professional sports, so check back as the draft progresses to see the latest additions. For now, we have a list of players on the BA 500 who have athletic bloodlines.

5. Daz Cameron, of, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga. Cameron's father Mike was an all-star and won three Gold Gloves during his 17-year major league career. (Drafted by the Astros in competitive balance round A.)

8. Kyle Tucker, of, Plant HS (Tampa). Tucker's older brother Preston made his major league debut last month for the Astros and was hitting .263/.330/.438 with two home runs in 25 games entering this week. (Drafted fifth overall by the Astros.)

31. Richie Martin, ss, Florida. Walter Thomas, Martin's grandfather, played in the Negro Leagues and spent two seasons with the Kansas City Monarchs, where he played with Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige. (Drafted 20th overall by the A’s.)

57. Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3b, Concordia Lutheran HS, Tomball, Texas. Hayes' father Charlie finished fifth in NL Rookie of the Year balloting in 1989 and played for 14 years in the major leagues. (Drafted 32d overall by the Pirates.)

60. Drew Finley, rhp, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego. Finley's father David played two years in the minor leagues and is now the Dodgers vice president of amateur and international scouting. (Drafted by the Yankees in the third round.)

71. Jahmai Jones, of, Wesleyan HS, Norcross, Ga. Jones' father Andre was a starting linebacker on Notre Dame's last national championship team in 1988 and went on to play in the NFL. T.J. Jones, Jahmai's oldest brother, plays wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. (Drafted by the Angels in the second round.)

79. Cole Sands, rhp, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Sands' older brother Carson was drafted in the fourth round last year by the Cubs and was their No. 26 prospect in the 2015 Prospect Handbook. (Drafted by the Astros in the 22nd round.)

87. Tyler Nevin, 3b, Poway (Calif.) HS. Nevin's father Phil was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 draft and went on to have a 12-year career in the big leagues. (Drafted by the Rockies in competitive balance round A.)

96. Cole McKay, rhp, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch, Texas. McKay's father Keith played two years on the professional tennis tour. (Drafted by the Tigers in the 30th round.)

99. Jackson Kowar, rhp, Charlotte Christian HS, Weddington, N.C. Kowar's father Frank set the single-season saves record at Charlotte (nine) and then pitched one season in the Blue Jays organization. (Drafted by the Tigers in the 40th round.)

More Draft Prospects With Athletic Bloodlines
Rank Name, Position, School Relative, Highest Professional Level
Team, Round
107 Tate Matheny, of, Missouri State Father, Mike, MLB Red Sox, 4
124 Elih Marrero, c, Coral Gables (Fla.) HS Father, Eli, MLB Reds, 29
127 Nicholas Shumpert, ss, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) HS Father, Terry, MLB Tigers, 7
142 Mariano Rivera Jr., rhp, Iona Father, Mariano, MLB Nationals, 4
153 Josh Sborz, rhp, Virginia Brother, Jay, MLB Dodgers, 2s
154 Tyler Williams, of, Kellis HS, Glendale, Az. Father, Ted, Triple-A Twins, 26
179 Cam Gibson, of, Michigan State Father, Kirk, MLB Tigers, 5
193 Drew Jackson, ss, Stanford Brother, Brett, MLB Mariners, 5
202 Chad Smith, of, South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga. Father, Ron, MiLB Rangers, 5
205 AJ Graffanino, ss, Northwest Christian HS, Phoenix Father, Tony, MLB Indians, 26
215 Jose Vizcaino Jr., ss, Santa Clara Father, Jose, MLB Giants, 7
217 A.J. Simcox, ss, Tennessee Father, Larry, Double-A Tigers, 14
223 Nolan Kingham, rhp, Desert Oasis HS, Las Vegas Brother, Nick, Triple-A Brewers, 39
225 Matt Kroon, 3b, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Father, Matt, MLB Reds, 38
238 Tristan Pompey, of, Jean Vanier Catholic School Brother, Dalton, MLB Twins, 31
249 Luke Lowery, c/1b/of, East Carolina Brother, Jake, Double-A Diamondbacks, 14
297 Luke Wakamatsu, ss, Keller (Texas) HS Father, Don, MLB Indians, 20
299 Alexis Omar Diaz, rhp, Escuela Bonifacio Sanchez, Aibonito Pueblo, P.R. Brother, Edwin, Double-A Reds, 12
308 Donnie Walton, ss, Oklahoma State Father, Rob, Double-A Brewers, 23
330 Yomar Valentin, ss, Beltran Baseball Academy, Florida, P.R. Father, Jose, MLB Red Sox, 20
335 Brett Siddall, of, Canisius Father, Joe, MLB A’s, 13
361 Stephen Kolek, rhp, Shepherd (Texas) HS Brother, Tyler, low Class A Undrafted
373 Mitch Ghelfi, c, Wisconsin-Milwaukee Father, Andy, Double-A Brewers, 28
377 Tanner Stanley, 2b, Richmond Father, Mike, MLB Royals, 36
378 David Lucroy, rhp, East Carolina Brother, Jonathan, MLB Brewers, 20
383 Kenny Koplove, rhp, Duke Brother, Mike, MLB Phillies, 17
412 Ryan Castellanos, rhp, Nova Southeastern Brother, Nick, MLB Tigers, 25
419 James Terrell, of, St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS, Vallejo, Calif. Father, James, high Class A A’s, 11
447 David Graybill, rhp, Arizona State Grandfather and father, Dave Sr. and Jr., MiLB Giants, 9
468 Mitch Piatnik, ss, State JC of Florida Father, Mike, high Class A Reds, 8
487 Levi Borders, c, South Florida Father, Pat, MLB Undrafted
NR Giovanny Alfonzo, ss, Tampa Father and uncle, Edgar and Edgardo, Double-A and MLB Marlins, 21
NR Andrew Amaro, of, Tampa Grandfather and uncle, Ruben Sr. and Jr., MLB Phillies, 35
NR Brantley Bell, ss, State JC of Florida Father, Jay, MLB Reds, 11
NR Conor Biggio, of, Notre Dame Father, Craig, MLB Astros, 34
NR Kody Clemens, ss, Memorial HS, Houston Father, Roger, MLB Astros, 35
NR Griffin Conine, of, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Father, Jeff, MLB Marlins, 31
NR Nick Dalesandro, c, Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy Father, Mark, MLB Tigers, 33
NR Jonah DiPoto, rhp, Newport Harbor HS, Newport Beach, Calif. Father, Jerry, MLB Angels, 38
NR Alex Fernandez Jr., of, Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Father, Alex Sr., MLB Marlins, 25
NR Jack Graham, 2b, Slippery Rock (Pa.) Father, Brian, MLB Orioles, 38
NR Jake Jefferies, 2b, Cal State Fullerton Father, Greg, MLB Nationals, 39
NR Jake Kalish, lhp, George Mason Brother, Ryan, MLB Royals, 32
NR Nick Lovullo, ss, Holy Cross Father, Torey, MLB Red Sox, 34
NR Andrew McWilliam, of, San Diego Mesa JC Father, Tim, Triple-A Tigers, 34
NR Matt Morales, ss, Wellington (Fla.) Community HS Father and brother, Alex and Mitch, MiLB Nationals, 38
NR Griffin Morandini, of, Garnet Valley HS, Glen Mills, Pa. Father, Mickey, MLB Phillies, 39
NR Hutton Moyer, 2b, Pepperdine Father, Jamie, MLB Angels, 7
NR Andy Pagnozzi, rhp, Fayetteville (Ark.) HS Father, Tom, MLB Rockies, 36
NR Nathaniel Pecota, of, Blue Springs (Mo.) South HS Father, Bill, MLB Giants, 38
NR Jeremy Pena, ss, Classical HS, Providence, R.I. Father, Geronimo, MLB Braves, 39
NR Jake Pries, of, JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Father, Jeff, Triple-A Orioles, 37
NR Joseph Reinsdorf, 2b, New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill. Grandfather, Jerry, White Sox owner White Sox, 40
NR Dante Ricciardi, ss, Worcester (Mass.) Academy Father, J.P., MiLB Mariners, 39
NR Mike Rojas, c, Gulf Coast HS, Naples, Fla. Father, Mike Sr., MiLB Mariners, 40
NR Blaise Salter, 1b, Michigan State Grandfather, Bill Freehan, MLB Tigers, 31
NR Matthew Schmidt, 3b, Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo. Father, Bill, Rockies scouting director Yankees, 37
NR Tyler Servais, c, Princeton Father, Scott, MLB Tigers, 27
NR Cade Tremie, c, New Waverly (Texas) HS Father, Chris, MLB Indians, 35
NR Tucker Ward, rhp, Mobile (Ala.) Father, Turner, MLB Diamondbacks, 40
NR Matt Withrow, rhp, Texas Tech Brother, Chris, MLB Braves, 6
NR Collin Yelich, c, Sam Houston State Brother, Christian, MLB Braves, 29

 

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