All in the Family: White Sox edition

Eloy Jiménez has a brother in the White Sox system, Enoy. You might be relieved to know that Enoy is not an outfielder. - David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

While the Blue Jays seem to have cornered the market in upper-talent MLB offspring (Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio), the White Sox seem to be aggressive themselves with acquiring players with talented offspring and siblings. This has been especially highlighted with the expected signing of Cuban outfielder Yoelqui Céspedes.

In no particular order, these are just a few such players in their system:

Nick Madrigal/Ty Madrigal
While they are twin brothers, Nick is obviously on the faster track, having spent significant time last year with the White Sox. The Sox signed Ty as an undrafted free agent last year out of St. Mary's last year — he posted a terrific collegiate campaign in 2018 with a 1.90 ERA/1.08 WHIP/10.27 K/9.

Eloy Jiménez/Enoy Jiménez
While there's not much left to say about Eloy, his little brother still has some significant work to do in order to become a fringy prospect. He struggled badly in his 2019 DSL campaign as a middle infielder with a .529 OPS. It seems like Enoy is currently the Player to be Named Later, as he's gone from Enoy to Cesar and back to Enoy in the matter of two years.

Zack Burdi
While Zack made his MLB debut this summer, he may begin 2021 in Charlotte while trying to improve his command. His older brother, Nick, has had similar health-related and command issue while pitching for the Pirates. He signed a minor league deal with the Padres during this offseason.

Jimmy Lambert
Lambert had a successful but all-too-brief stint in the his MLB debut with the Sox last year in two games (two innings). His younger brother, Peter, was drafted out of high school and ended up making his MLB debut with the Rockies. He had a rough campaign with Colorado in 2019 and didn't pitch in 2020; he is still just 23 years ago and was once a highly-regarded prospect, so if Colorado runs out of patience with him and release him, I could envision the Sox signing him to a minor-league deal.

Gavin Sheets
Sheets ranks among many prospect sites as a Top 10 organizational prospect, and seems destined to be a DH/1B although he may enter some outfield action in Charlotte this year. His numbers improved significantly in Birmingham in 2019, but he appears blocked behind a group which includes José Abreu, Andrew Vaughn, Yermín Mercedes, Zack Collins and Eloy Jiménez. His father, Larry, played eight seasons (mostly with Baltimore), peaking in 1987 with a .316/.358/.563 line with 31 homers and 94 RBIs.

Blake Battenfield
Battenfield has enjoyed some success in the lower levels of the Sox system as a starter, but as a 26-year-old may have a better opportunity making the majors as a middle reliever. His younger brother, Peyton, is currently pitching in the lower levels of the deep Tampa Bay system.

Jake Elliott
Jake has enjoyed some success as a middle reliever in the Sox system. He had a cup of coffee with Birmingham in 2019, and will likely return there for 2021. His younger brother, Jensen, is a pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles system. Their grandfather, Charles, played for a bit in the Cincinnati Reds system.

JJ Muno
JJ is a utility player who last spent time with Winston-Salem in 2019. His older brother, Danny, played briefly for the Mets and also spent some time in the Sox minor league system.

Tyler Osik
Tyler played in 2019 with the AZL Sox and Kannapolis as a 1B/OF. He performed even better than expected, and it seems he'll also give catching a try in 2021. If he does, he'd be following in his father's shoes. Keith spent parts of 10 MLB seasons as a backstop for the Pirates, Brewers, Orioles and Nationals.

Franklin Reyes
I often forget that he's still on the White Sox roster, as he's missed the last three years due to injuries and Covid-19. He last played with Great Falls in 2017, and has struggled with low batting average and high strikeout totals. He's posted surprisingly paltry power numbers to show for it. He's still only 22, though it seems like he's been around forever. His older brother, Franmil, is currently a slugging outfielder in Cleveland.

Garvin Alston Jr.
Alston had a solid rookie MiLB campaign with the AZL Sox (3.00 ERA/1.22 WHIP) as a southpaw reliever; he seems primed to begin the 2021 season with Kannapolis. His dad was a longtime pitching coach and actually pitched briefly for the Rockies in 1996.

Mac Welsh
Welsh didn't pitch much for Louisville in his college days, but signed with the Sox and pitched exceptionally well in a brief stint for the AZL Sox in 2019 (0.00 ERA/0.89 WHIP over 12 1/3 relief innings, allowing two walks and fanning 19. I saw something in Baseball America during the offseason stating the Sox may have released him, but he still appears on the White Sox AZL site so perhaps the Sox had a change of heart? He's now 25, so if he actually does return to the Sox, it may be in a role for an upper-level time like Birmingham. His dad, Chris, pitched parts of six years for the Padres, Expos, Rangers and Reds.

Elijah Tatís
Known more as the younger brother of the Sox that got away (Fernando Tatís Jr.) than for being the son of Fernando Sr. (who enjoyed a solid 12-year MLB stint as a power-hitting third baseman), Elijah had a difficult 2019 campaign with the DSL squad. Marco Paddy recently raved about Elijah's talent and believes he fits best long-term as a shortstop. He may begin this year with the AZL squad. He just turned 19, so it seems he's still developing as a prospect. From what I heard, he has a younger brother who could possibly join the Sox system in another year or two.

Randel Mondesi
Randel, a Dominican native, signed an international contract last February but obviously didn't get into a game this year due to Covid-19. He likely will begin with the DSL Sox in 2020. His dad, Raul, was a solid outfielder with the Dodgers and his brother, Adalberto, is currently an infielder with the Royals.

Wilfred Veras
Now 18, Veras signed as a power-hitting third base prospect out of the Dominican Republic in 2019. Alas, he has still yet to enter a professional game thanks in part to Covid-19. He may begin 2021 with the DSL team, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him begin with the AZL squad instead. His father, Wilton, played third base for the Red Sox in 1999 and 2000.

Yoelqui Céspedes
It won't be official, but a verbal agreement is in place for Yoelqui to sign with the White Sox on the 15th of January per multiple sources. He currently ranks as this year's top international free agent per MLB Pipeline, and appears athletic enough to play any of the three outfield positions. He may begin the 2021 season with Winston-Salem, but that's still to be determined. His older half-brother, Yoenis, is now a MLB free agent after playing several years for the Tigers and Mets.

Norge Vera
Currently ranked in the top 15 by MLB Pipeline in this year's international class, he's the highest-ranked pitcher in this year's class. His fastball runs up to the mid-90s and completes his heater with a solid slider/curve combo. He's just 20 years old, and likely will begin the 2021 season with the AZL Sox (though he might begin with the DSL squad instead for tax purposes). His dad, Norge Vera Sr., is considered a legend in Cuba but never had the opportunity to pitch in the majors. Vera Sr. compiled a nifty 134-52 record in the Cuban leagues, with a 2.57 ERA and 1.13 WHIP

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