When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Gavin Wallace in the 15th round of the amateur draft this year out of Fairfield University, something was immediately familiar about that pick. We quickly realized that the Pirates drafted Mike Wallace in the 30th round out of that same school in 2015, and then our suspicions were quickly proven correct. The Pirates drafted the younger brother of one of their minor league pitchers. It helps having a relative in pro ball, but as I soon found out from talking to Gavin Wallace, his family roots in pro ball go further back than his older brother.
Wallace first got a look at what pro ball was like when his older cousin Bobby Lanigan was drafted in the third round in 2008 by the Minnesota Twins. The Wallace family tree can sure grow some tall right-handed p...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.