Orioles Take Ripken, Dodgers Choose Hershiser in Draft of Sons
The Baltimore Orioles selected the son of Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken Jr., who spent his entire 21-year career with the franchise, in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted the son of former Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser, who played 13 of his 18 major- league seasons with that team, in the 34th round.
Ryan Ripken, 18, is a 6-foot-6 first baseman who played at the Gilman School in Baltimore, where his father was an assistant coach. He received a baseball scholarship to the University of South Carolina, which has won the College World Series the past two seasons.
Ripken’s father joined the Orioles as a second-round pick in the 1978 draft and played for the team from 1981 to 2001. Ripken played in a record 2,632 straight major-league games and was twice selected as the American League’s Most Valuable Player. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jordan Hershiser, 23, is a 6-foot-8 right-handed pitcher from the University of Southern California. Hershiser, who was the 1,046th player selected, made five relief appearances for the Trojans this season and had a 1.69 earned run average.
His father had a 204-150 record with a 3.48 ERA over 18 major-league seasons and won the National League Cy Young award with the Dodgers in 1988. Orel Hershiser was drafted by the club with a 17th-round pick in 1979.
Baseball’s 40-round first-year player draft, which began June 4, concluded yesterday.
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