Son of a celebrity, we got ourselves a trade! In a curious move for sure, the Los Angeles Angels have sent minor-leaguer Matt Scioscia — a 25-year-old son of major league manager Mike Scioscia — to the Chicago Cubs for minor-leaguer Trevor Gretzky, a 21-year-old son of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky.
Neat. Neither player is rated as much of a prospect for the majors (sorry, guys), though Trevor Gretzky is a career .288 hitter in 272 plate appearanes since getting drafted in the seventh round by the Cubs in 2011. His 51 plate appearances for the Cubs' Class A team in the Midwest League at the end of 2013 were encouraging: .306/.333/.406 with a home run. He's an outfielder.
Gretzky has a better big-league shot than Scioscia, it would appear. After playing at Notre Dame, Scioscia was drafted by his dad's team in 2011, and has batted .222 with three homers in 484 plate appearances. Scioscia plays first base.
When pressed for details about what made this trade happen, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said almost nothing:
Thanks for the info, Jerr. While being the son of a major league manager might help you get drafted, it also comes with added pressure to produce. Perhaps young Scioscia will get a chance to do that with another organization. He does spin some good yarns, Matt Scioscia does — especially about scaring his parents to death.
If you're at all wondering what it's like to be Wayne Gretzky's kid (and what it's like to be Wayne Gretzky, a dad), this feature from Sportsnet on Trevor Gretzky trying to make his own way in baseball is worth your time.
(Yep, that's Paulina.)
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