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There are a lot of legacies in this year’s draft

May 24, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

Steve Garvey

I’m not really a draftnik. Amateur baseball players are a far flung lot and it’s not easy to keep track of them unless you’re Keith Law or someone and it’s your job to keep track of them.  With the exception of the Bryce Harpers and Stephen Strasburgs of the world, I usually begin to get to know prospects after they’re drafted, not before.

But I do always have fun hearing those familiar names:

Bloodlines run strong in the Grand Old Game, and this year’s Draft has an intriguing group of young thoroughbreds champing at the bit to hear their names called in the big leagues’ favorite June post parade, which will be held from June 6-8.

The names jump out at any baseball fan who’s been paying attention over the past decades. From Bichette to Bonilla, from Boras to Bream, from Dunston to Garvey to Guillen to Pudge (well, Rodriguez), you’re going to see serious big league progeny over the rounds of this year’s draft.

Dwight Smith, Jr., the son of former Cub Dwight Smith, may be the headlining legacy case.  Lateral moves are present as well, with the son of Wayne Gretzky also in the pool this year. Steve Garvey’s son Ryan is another notable, but save your jokes: Ryan is the son of Steve and his wife Candace Garvey and was born after all of that ugly business that popped up in the wake of his first wife’s autobiography. A shame, really.

I think the most fun, though, is Shane Boras, son of Scott.  I don’t know how much of a prospect he is, but it would awesome if he were a stud, got drafted high and then held out until the 11th hour for a big bonus, represented by his dad, who kept dropping sound bytes about how awesome he was.

  1. crpls - May 24, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    BA has a whole list: http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/draft-preview/2011/2611774.html

  2. halladaysbicepts - May 24, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Shane Boras, son of Scott? You’re joking, right?

    Let us look into the crystal ball of the future…12 years from now. Let’s say, for argument sakes, Shane makes it to the majors in a few years from now and is facing his first taste at free agency with a career .240. batting average with very little power or RBI production. Will Scott, his father, make his typical case of Shane and his future upside hitting-wise, regardless of hitting .240 in his career, and demand 370 million over 10 years (of course taking into account inflation)?

    Good luck with that one, Shane.

  3. sknut - May 24, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    That could make for some interesting conversations at the Boras household.

    Son ” Dad I think you could have got the Tigers to give me a couple million more”

    Dad- “I think you should hit more than .240 and I will get you what you deserve, now eat your veggies.”

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