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In baseball, Father's Day was draft day

Posted on: June 16, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 5:23 pm
Father's Day is Sunday.

Or was it last week?

I never remember a year where baseball teams drafted so many sons of famous fathers. Neither does David Chadd, whose Tigers took six of them all by themselves.

"Obviously, you recognize all of those last names," Chadd said Thursday.

You recognize a lot of the last names in the Tigers' draft, from Kaline (Colin, who is Al Kaline's grandson) to Impemba (Brett, who is announcer Mario Impemba's son), to Allen (David, who is announcer Rod's son), to Avila (Nick, who is assistant general manager Al's nephew), and even to Chadd (Tucker, who is David's nephew).

"It's more coincidental than anything," David Chadd said. "First and foremost, it's about evaluation of players."

But the family ties do help, just as they did when Chadd drafted Avila's son Alex three years ago.

"I've known Alex since he was a little kid," Chadd said. "And one thing I was certain of was that he would work his butt off."

Sure enough, Alex Avila worked so hard that three years later, scouts are calling him the best catcher in the American League, and a steal as a fifth-round draft pick.

It's far too early to say if any of these picks will work out as well. But it's easy to see that there are a ton of them.

I'm not even certain this list, compiled with help from Eye on Baseball's Matt Snyder, is complete. I know I found a few names that Major League Baseball missed.

I've included only sons, so Collin Kaline, Nick Avila, Tucker Chadd, Stefan Jarrin (Dodger announcer Jaime's grandson) and Javier Reynoso (stepson of Reggie Williams) aren't on the list.

But we've still got two sons of managers, one son of a since-fired manager, four sons of coaches, one son of a since-fired coach, one son of a hockey legend, one son of an active player and 17 other sons of ex-big leaguers.

Anyway, here goes, the famous sons drafted by major-league teams in 2011:

Jack Armstrong (Jack), Astros, 3rd round
Kyle Arnsberg (Brad), Cardinals, 40th round
Dante Bichette Jr. (Dante), Yankees, 1st round
Brandon Bonilla (Bobby), Rockies, 37th round
Garrett Buechele (Steve), Giants, 14th round
C.J. Cron (Chris), Angels, 1st round
Kevin Cron (Chris), Mariners, 3rd round
Shawon Dunston Jr. (Shawon), Cubs, 11th round
Shane Farrell (John), Blue Jays, 46th round
Alexander Fernandez (Alex), Tigers, 46th round
Ryan Garvey (Steve), Phillies, 15th round
Brett Geren, (Bob), A's, 42nd round
Trevor Gretzky (Wayne), Cubs, 7th round
Dominic Jose (Felix), Angels, 15th round
Brandon Liebrandt (Charlie), Rays, 48th round
Daniel Lockhart (Keith), Cubs, 10th round
C.J. McElroy (Chuck), Cardinals, 3rd round
Dejai Oliver (Joe), Marlins, 8th round
Jack Lopez (Juan), Royals, 16th round
Dereck Rodriguez (Pudge), Twins, 6th round
Alex Santana (Rafael), Dodgers, 2nd round
Matthew Scioscia (Mike), Angels, 45th round
Cameron Seitzer (Kevin), Rays, 11th round
Dwight Smith Jr. (Dwight), Blue Jays, 1st round
Troy Snitker (Brian), Braves, 19th round
Jake Wakamatsu (Don), Blue Jays, 48th round

Category: MLB

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