Eventually, White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie could be joined in the major leagues by his younger brother.
The Tampa Bay Rays selected Casey Gillaspie who, like Conor, went to Wichita State, with the 20th pick in Thursday night's MLB Draft. A switch-hitting first baseman who hit .389/.520/.682 with 15 home runs in his senior year, MLB.com's analysis pegged Casey as having an impressive ceiling, listing Lance Berkman and Mark Teixeira as high-end comparisons.
Gillaspie would've liked to play for the White Sox — "but they have a pretty good first baseman right now," he told Kansas.com, referring to Jose Abreu — where Conor is currently a key piece to a much-improved lineup. Conor, the 37th pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, is hitting .336/.389/.443 with 13 doubles in 38 games — only one fewer double than he hit in 134 games in 2013.
Gillaspie will try to become the first Rays first-round pick since 2009 (Tim Beckham) to reach the major leagues. While plenty of these players are still developing, none of the Rays' 17 first-round picks (including sandwich rounds) from 2010-2013 have played in the majors yet.