The Dodgers adding Mookie Betts to their team was one of the best moves in the organization’s history. We can only hope that the one that they made this week will pay off and that his knack for baseball runs in the family.
The Dodgers signed Nick Shumpert last month, a former top prospect who could have been a first-round pick. After turning down a significant signing bonus with the Tigers in 2015, Shumpert has struggled to make headway into Major League Baseball. In fact, he’s been away from affiliated ball since 2018, per The Athletic.
But this offseason, Shumpert spent his free time working out with his cousin, Mookie Betts. The Dodgers outfielder is Shumpert’s cousin and set it up so that they could Facetime the Dodgers hitting coaches. He also got to break the news to Nick that he would be coming to Spring Training with the team.
The Dodgers signed Shumpert to a minor league deal that was made official in January. He was drafted by the Braves in the 28th round of the 2016 draft out of San Jacinto College in Texas. They released him just 3 years into his professional career.
But the good news is that the Dodgers superstar seems to have gotten Shupert into a rhythm. Betts’ stressed efficiency in movement and sticking to a routine in his training with his cousin. Let’s hope that some of that Betts’ magic rubs off on Nick and that the two will be playing together on the field very soon.
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