Major League bloodlines get even stronger for 66ers

It’s kind of unbelievable, when you think about it.

This week, first baseman/DH/outfielder Dustin Yount joined the 66ers from Double-A Chattanooga. Yount is the son of Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

On Saturday, his cousin, Austin Yount, a catcher, joined the team from low Single-A Great Lakes. Austin Yount, is converted to catcher, hadn’t played much with Great Lakes and was batting .118 in 76 at-bats with them before joining the Sixers, presumably as the backup to Tony Delmonico as Alex Garabedian was promoted to Double-A.

The Younts are the fourth and fifth sons of former big leaguers to play for the Sixers this season. (Austin Yount’s father made one appearance as a pitcher in the big leagues). Matt Wallach (now at Double-A and son of Tim), Preston Mattingly (on the DL and son of Don) and Scott Van Slyke (currently active and son of Andy) are the other 3.

Austin Yount and Garabedian were two of four moves that involved the Sixers on Saturday. Right-hander Will Savage was promoted to Double-A, with former Sixer Tim Sexton (3-12, 5.06 at Double-A) returning to the team.

The Quakes, who are playing the Sixers, also got a player to fill out their roster: outfielder Richard Cates. The Quakes are the fourth level for Cates this season. He had been at low-Single A Cedar Rapids (.270) most recently. He was also at Double-A Arkansas (.175) and played 1 game at rookie-level Orem.