Famous names called in baseball draft

Some players just have baseball in their blood.

The sons of Cal Ripken Jr., Mariano Rivera, Lenny Dykstra, Paul Byrd, Charlie Leibrandt and Bobby Bonilla were among the 1,215 players picked in the 2014 major league baseball draft.

The New York Yankees selected Mariano Rivera III, the son of the former record-breaking closer, in the 29th round. The 20-year-old Rivera, a right-handed starting pitcher as a sophomore at Iona College, went 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 70 innings for the Gaels.

The Washington Nationals picked Ryan Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., in the 15th round. Ripken is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound first baseman. He batted .321 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 42 games this season after transferring from South Carolina.

The Braves picked Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra, in the 7th round, and J.J. Franco, the son of former All-Star pitcher John Franco, in the 38th round. The Braves also selected Grayson Byrd (39th round), the son of former Braves pitcher Paul Byrd.

Shortstop Nick Gordon, the son of former All-Star pitcher Tom Gordon, was the fifth overall selection by the Twins. Others drafted included: Justus Sheffield (31st overall, Indians), the nephew of former Braves outfielder Gary Sheffield; Shane Zeile (5th round, Tigers), the nephew of former major league infielder Todd Zeile; Brandon Leibrandt (6th round, Phillies), the son of former Braves pitcher Charlie Leibrandt; Brandon Bonilla (25th round, Orioles), the son of former Braves player Bobby Bonilla; Benito Santiago, Jr. (38th round, Giants), son of former All-Star catcher Benito Santiago; and Magglio Ordoñez, Jr. (38th round, Tigers), the son of former All-Star outfielder Magglio Orodoñez.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round — the 837th player taken. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football. Manziel played baseball and football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas.

Tom Flacco, a brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, was picked by the Phillies in the 32nd round.

Pitchers were the most popular with 653 picked. The University of Mississippi had nine players selected, the most in the draft. Players were picked from 46 states, with Maine, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming being the states without a draft selection. The states that had the most players selected were California (203), Florida (130), Texas (106), Georgia (59) and New York (46).

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