In today’s society, brothers seem to be the hot-ticket not only in music (Jonas) but in cinema (Coen) and slogans (Hulk Hogan’s “Brrrrother”). But there is another fairly-unknown brotherly duo that has made their way onto the baseball scene that could give B.J. and Justin Upton a run for their money as the best brothers in the sport. I am talking about Laynce and Jayson Nix.
Laynce was born in October 30th, 1980 in Houston and was lucky enough to be drafted in the 4th round of the 2000 draft by his hometown team, the Texas Rangers. He spent nine seasons in the minors piling up 114 homers and 475 RBI’s before his call up to The Show. He also carried a modest .280 batting average and a tough .481 slugging percentage in the minor leagues. The 6’1, 220 pound, left-handed Laynce is currently a left and right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds.
Younger brother Jayson arrived on the scene on August 26th, 1982 in Dallas, Texas. Jayson is slightly smaller than his older brother, weighing in at 5’11” and 185 pounds (hence the term, “little brother”). Jayson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2001 amateur entry draft. Jayson has since moved onto the Chicago White Sox since then and was recently called up to The Show. He left the minor league carrying a scary .450 batting average with a .500 slugging percentage to boot. Jayson is primarily a second baseman but has played third base and outfield for the White Sox.
As of late, these two brothers are proving to be a more dangerous combo than Mario and Luigi. On May 26th, Jayson smashed two home runs and led his team to victory over the Los Angeles Angels and a little more than a week later, on June 3rd, Laynce cranked two home runs and led his team to victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
If you’re looking at these brothers from a fantasy baseball perspective, Laynce would be the front-runner but only because he will see more playing time in Cincinnati and his power numbers are slightly higher right now. Ozzie Guillen has also stated that Jayson will be his “reserve” player. In Guillen-speak, this means that Nix will only be used to give the other fielders a rest when needed.
At this point, the Nix brothers’ potential is unknown just like that “Y” in both of their names.