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Managers' sons are popular in this year's draft

Jun 9, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

Ozzie Guillen isn’t happy about his son being picked in the 22nd round, but he’s not the only manager whose offspring was drafted this year.
Detroit took Jim Leyland’s son in the eighth round and unlike Ozney Guillen it sounds like Patrick Leyland is a legitimate prospect. He’s a catcher with good defensive skills who hit .569 as a high school senior in Pittsburgh, where his dad managed the Pirates for many years. He’s signed to play college ball at Maryland, so it’ll likely take a sizable signing bonus to lure him away.
San Francisco selected Bruce Bochy’s son in the 20th round and Brett Bochy was putting up some excellent numbers as a reliever at Kansas before undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in April. He has one year of eligibility left, so Bochy isn’t a lock to sign given his injury status.
Colorado picked Jim Tracy’s son in the 22nd round–a dozen picks after Ozney Guillen went to the White Sox–and 21-year-old Mark Tracy is expected to sign quickly after hitting .290 with 12 homers as Duquesne’s catcher this season. He was also drafted in the 49th round last year, but didn’t sign.
And earlier this afternoon the A’s picked manager Bob Geren’s son, high school third baseman Bobby Geren, in the 36th round. In all, five of the 30 big-league managers saw their sons drafted and as Spencer Fordin of MLB.com notes there were plenty of other interesting “family picks” this year, including Jamie Moyer’s son and Bryce Harper’s older brother.

  1. JBerardi - Jun 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    This is kind of like nepotism in the business or political world, except that, baseball being an actual meritocracy, it’s not as good career move for these kids.

  2. Shank - Jun 9, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Given how old Jamie Moyer is, I wouldn’t have been surprised if you had said his grandson had been drafted!

  3. Ray Knight Looks Like Tip O'Neill - What Happened? - Jun 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Heads up – Pete Rose III is in second grade now. I hear he corks his bat though.

  4. Dan - Jun 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    How old was Leyland when he had that kid? 65?

  5. Luke - Jun 9, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    @ dan
    haha.
    as hard as it may be to believe, jim leyland is only 65 right now.

  6. Paul - Jun 9, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Far more interesting would be if any of these kids had been picked by a team that doesn’t employ their father.

  7. Grant - Jun 9, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    I went to Maryland. I dunno if it’ll take that much money to get Leyland’s son out of there. Maryland is an ACC team, yeah, but it ain’t FSU. Eric Milton remains our best major league product.

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