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Discussion: Baseball’s bloodlines run deep in the minors

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The Toronto Blue Jays sure seem to think baseball is a family affair.

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There has always been a strong sense of family in Major League Baseball. Right now in the minor leagues, it seems like there are more than ever before.

Recently, in our look at prospects we expect to debut in 2019, Milo33 commented on the future shortstops piece that he felt like he was getting old based on how many familiar last names were on that list alone. Fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, brothers and cousins. They are seemingly everywhere these days. Especially on the Toronto Blue Jays.

So, I wanted to start a list. Please read the following sentence:

THIS IS A DISCUSSION. THIS IS NOT A DEFINITIVE LIST BECAUSE I AM SURE THERE ARE SOME I AM UNAWARE OF MYSELF. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO UPDATE IN THE COMMENTS AND I WILL CONTINUOUSLY UPDATE THE PIECE. (I write this sentence because there will still likely be a, ‘how could you forget...’ comment below. The Internet I tell ya.)

Let’s get the ball rolling, shall we?

(active minor leaguers only; names in bold italics were contributed by readers in the comments)

Sons

Arizona Diamondbacks: Daulton Varsho

Atlanta Braves: A.J. Graffanino

Baltimore Orioles: Preston Palmeiro, Ryan Ripken (also nephew to Billy and grandson to Cal, Sr.)

Cincinnati Reds: Mitch Nay (actually grandSON to Lou Klimchock) (Chuck Johnson)

Colorado Rockies: Tyler Nevin

Detroit Tigers: Daz Cameron, Kody Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Jr. (nephew to Ramon) (LCT)

Minnesota Twins: Nick Gordon (also brother to Dee and nephew to Anthony)

Pittsburgh Pirates: Ke’Bryan Hayes

Texas Rangers: Jayce Easley (Chuck Johnson)

Toronto Blue Jays: Bo Bichette (brother Dante, Jr. is in Independent ball), Cavan Biggio, Kacy Clemens, Griffin Conine, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

San Diego Padres: Fernando Tatis, Jr., Cal Quantrill, Ryan Weathers (Furtle)

Seattle Mariners: Cesar Izturis, Jr. (nephew to Mecier)

St. Louis Cardinals: Luke Dykstra

Free agent: Hutton Moyer, Ike Davis (Chuck Johnson)

Brothers

Blaze and CJ Alexander

Jonah and Nolan Arenado

Nick and Zack Burdi

Willson and Willam Contreras

Dee and Nick Gordon

Bryan and Bryce Harper (Chuck Johnson)

Carter and Spencer Kieboom

Josh and Nate Lowe

Jake and Joe McCarthy

Austin and Parker Meadows

Josh and Noah Naylor

Dustin and D.J. Peterson

Tristan and Dalton Pompey

Jordan and Justus Sheffield

Kyle and Preston Tucker

Kean and Kolton Wong

Cousins

J.P. and Carl Crawford

Josh Fuentes and the Arenado brothers

Jose and Rafael Devers

Nephews

Michael O’Neill