This has to be one of my favorite story line from this years MLB Draft.Trey Griffey was officially listed as a centerfielder. He hasn’t actually played competitive baseball since his middle school days in Florida.He is right now playing wide receiver for University of Arizona. “We have footage of him swinging the bat in high school,” said Tom McNamara, Mariners director of amateur scouting. “He came here and hit in the cage and we thought it was a nice swing. Obviously, he’s a good athlete. We just want him to know that if he’s every interested in playing pro baseball, we have a job for him.” That the pick came in round No. 24 (Griffey’s number with the Mariners) isn’t a coincidence.
It appears the pick on the draft’s final day was simply the Mariners paying homage to their former star. The younger Griffey is a wide receiver at the University of Arizona, but hasn’t played baseball competitively since before high school.
The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder certainly has the athleticism of his dad, though, catching 11 passes for 284 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown grab as a redshirt junior, last season. The Mariners listed him as a center fielder, just like his All-Star father.
Here is the rest of family members carrying on the baseball tradition………The Angels had Tori Hunter their former All-Star outfielder, to announce during the draft conference call that they had selected his son Tori Hunter Jr., in the 23rd round. Trevor Hoffman
might someday see his son playing for the Padres, too, after San Diego picked California high school shortstop Quinn Hoffman in the 36th round. The younger Hoffman currently has a commitment to play baseball at Harvard.
Boston followed several baseball bloodlines, taking five players with big league ties: Nevada high school shortstop Nick Quintana (11th round), brother of Atlanta minor league pitcher Zach Quintana; Holy Cross shortstop Nick Lovullo (20th), son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo; Illinois high school shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (30th), son of former Cardinals first baseman Mike Fitzgerald; Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren (36th), son of Red Sox executive Frank Wren; and California high school shortstop Carter Aldrete (37th), nephew of Oakland first-base coach Mike Aldrete. Even Jason Heynward’s brother Jacob Heyward.
was picked by San Francisco in the 18th round. Heyward is hitting .229 with six home runs and 39 RBIs for the Hurricanes, who play Boston College in the NCAA tournament’s super regionals on Sunday with a trip to the College World Series on the line.
Among other notable selections Saturday:
-The Yankees took Colorado high school right-hander Bo Weiss, son of Rockies manager Walt Weiss, in the 29th round.
-Brandon Bonilla, a left-hander from Hawaii Pacific and the son of former slugger Bobby Bonilla, was selected in the 13th round by Baltimore.
-Ball State right-hander Zach Plesac, nephew of former reliever Dan Plesac, went in the 12th to Cleveland.
-Mississippi high school shortstop Grae Kessinger, grandson of former All-Star shortstop Don Kessinger, was drafted in the 26th round by San Diego.
-San Jacinto College North second baseman Nick Shumpert, son of Terry Shumpert and cousin of Mookie Betts went in the 28th round to Atlanta.
-Florida prep shortstop Branden Fryman, son of Travis Frman, was taken by the Mets in the 37th round.