June 19th, 2012

The Name Game

There are many guys who play professional baseball so it’s only natural for some of them to have the same last name. However, this doesn’t mean they are always related. To end some of the confusion and also for fun, we decided to look at players who have the same last name but aren’t related to current RoughRiders.

Jason Hart/Corey Hart

Corey Hart was drafted in 2000 by the Milwaukee Brewers. He made his major league debut with the Brewers in 2004. So far this season, Hart has been hitting .251 with 14 home runs and 31 RBIs. The Brewers are currently converting the strong-armed outfielder into a first baseman.

Chad Bell/Heath Bell

Heath Bell was signed as a free agent in 1998 by the New York Mets. Like Hart, Bell made his big league debut in 2004 with the Mets. He pitched for them until he was traded to the San Diego Padres as part of the Jon Adkins, Ben Johnson trade. At the end of the 2011 season, Bell decided to sign with the Miami Marlins. So far in 2012, he has posted a record of two wins and three losses with an ERA of 5.68 while earning 14 saves.

Wilfredo Boscan/J.C. Boscan

J.C. Boscan was signed as an amateur free agent in 1996 by the Atlanta Braves. He made his major league debut in 2010 with the club. He has gone back and forth between the Braves’ Triple-A club, the Gwinnett Braves, and the Bigs over the past three seasons. Boscan started the 2012 season in Triple-A but was called up after Chipper Jones was placed on the 15-day DL and stayed in the majors after backup catcher David Ross injured his groin. The catcher has been batting .143 after making it to The Show.

Barret Loux/Shane Loux

Shane Loux was drafted by Detroit in the 1997 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Tigers in 2002. He spent two years pitching in the majors before being sent back down to the minors in 2004. He sat out for the 2005 and 2007 seasons before returning to the MLB with the Los Angeles Angels. He played two seasons in the Angels minor league system before he was granted free agency. Loux also spent a season with Round Rock in the Astros system in 2010 before joining the Giants organization in 2011. Loux returned to pitching in the big leagues in 2012. So far this season he has pitched in eight games. Pitching 13.1 innings in relief, Loux has struck out six and has an ERA of 1.35.

Tim Murphy/David Murphy

David Murphy was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with Boston in 2006. In 2007, the outfielder was traded to the Texas Rangers as part of the Eric Gagne trade. He’s been a mainstay of the Rangers’ lineup ever since. So far in 2012, Murphy has a .282 batting average with 7 home runs and 25 RBIs.

Joseph Ortiz/David Ortiz

David Ortiz was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2003. He stayed with the organization playing in their farm system until 1996 when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins as a player to be named later in the Dave Hollins deal. He made his MLB debut in 1997 with the Twins. Due to injuries, the Twins released Big Papi after the 2002 season and was then picked up by the Boston Red Sox where he has played ever since. This season he has hit 16 home runs with 43 RBIs and a .311 batting average.

Alex Buchholz/Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz was drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Boston Red Sox.  The pitcher made his debut for the club in 2007 and has been a vital part of their starting rotation. In his second start, he recorded a no-hitter against Baltimore giving him a place in baseball history as he was only the third MLB pitcher to do so in his first or second start since 1900. Coming off of a back injury in 2011, he has posted a record of seven wins and two losses with an ERA of 5.38 in 2012.

Guilder Rodriguez/Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez was drafted in the first round of the 1993 draft by the Seattle Mariners. He made his major league debut with them in 1994. He became a free agent in 2003 and signed with the Texas Rangers for three years. Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees in 2004 in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias. Rodriguez has been playing third base for the Yankees ever since. This season he is hitting .270 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs.

Engel Beltre/Adrian Beltre

Adrian Beltre was signed as a free agent in 1994 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his debut with the club in 1997 and played with them until 2005 when he was signed by the Seattle Mariners as a free agent. After the 2009 season, Beltre declared free agency and he was picked up by the Boston Red Sox with a one-year contract. In 2011, he signed a six-year deal with the Texas Rangers. So far this season, he has a .305 batting average with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs.

Leury Garcia/Jaime Garcia

Jaime Garcia was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005 and made his major league debut with the club in 2008. He underwent Tommy John surgery and didn’t pitch in 2009 but returned to pitch in 2010. In 2012, he has posted a record of three wins and four losses with an ERA of 4.48 and has recorded 51 strikeouts in 66.1 innings of work.

-JW

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