While we're still getting used to a whole wave of second-generation baseball players as they tear up Major League Baseball -- including Cody Bellinger, Fernando Tatis Jr., Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and more -- it's never too early to look at who might take part in that next wave.
Just like how the elder Vladimir Guerrero and Craig Biggio are two Hall of Famers who got to watch their sons turn into big leaguers, another potential pair of future Hall of Famers -- one is more likely than the other -- are watching their high school-aged sons dominate at the highest level.
Carsten Sabathia, the son of former Indians and Yankees ace CC Sabathia, and Andruw Jones, the son of five-tool Braves great Andruw Jones, are playing together on the EvoShield Generals. In one of their recent games at the Wilson Premier Classic (WPC), each of them ripped a double.
The WPC has been held annually for the past five years in Emerson, Georgia and features over 90 of the most elite travel baseball teams around the country. Of those teams, there are three sons of Major Leaguers -- Jones, Sabathia and Cam Collier, the son of utility man Lou Collier -- and the aforementioned duo of EvoShield Generals are fortunate enough to play together.
Andruw Jones, who goes by "Druw," received a perfect 10 rating from Perfect Game, indicating a "potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect." Already committed to Vanderbilt, Jones is set to graduate from Wesleyan High School in 2022. His scouting report sounds pretty darn similar to what we had seen from his father over the years (via Perfect Game):
"Quick twitch athlete with excellent size and significant room to project physically. Primary outfielder with a compact arm stroke and generates excellent carry out of the hand on throws recorded up to 92 mph. Repeats well and stays taller through release. Excellent range and covers a ton of ground. Looseness to his hands and whips his barrel well. Leverage to the path with a very high hand set and high back elbow. Narrow start with an incredibly athletic stroke and very good barrel accuracy. Really had great feel for the barrel with big power and is nowhere near close to his ceiling."
He's already received some media attention, as well, for a devastating bat flip. I could literally watch this clip all day.
The praise isn't as high for Sabathia, a corner infielder who is also set to graduate in 2022. He hasn't committed anywhere yet but received a grade of 7 from Perfect Game, which still holds a ton of promise, indicating a "college prospect, possible future draft pick with development." However, his latest scouting report comes from a 2018 showcase, meaning he's had plenty of time to develop since then. Being invited to the WPC bodes well for the progress he's made.
And, remember... scouting isn't everything.
And it's certainly worth giving Cam Collier a shoutout, as well. Though Lou Collier wasn't the MLB player that Jones or Sabathia was, his son is drawing a ton of attention. At nearly 16 years old and with a 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame, Collier also received a 10 rating from Perfect Game. With a 93-mph fastball, which puts him in the 99.92% percentile among players his age, and with a verbal commitment to Louisville, the future is immensely bright for Collier.
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