Baseball is in the blood for outfielder John Lantigua. His family includes an uncle who scouted for the Los Angeles Dodgers for over 20 years. He has a cousin who pitched for the Dodgers, getting added to the 40-man roster before Tommy John surgery derailed his career. He also has another uncle who owns a professional team in the Dominican and also runs an academy for amateur players. That's where Lantigua's path to a pro contract really started.
Lantigua spent four years at his uncle's academy, which is where he finally got notice from the Pittsburgh Pirates. At 18 years old, he was older than most kids in the Dominican who sign their first pro contract. We know from following the amateur draft that plenty of high school kids go from marginal prospects to the top of their class during ...
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