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Orioles draft Cal Ripken’s son, Ryan Ripken, in 20th round

Jun 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Day 3 of the draft is going on right now and the Orioles just used their 20th-round pick on Cal Ripken Jr.’s son, 6-foot-6 high school first baseman Ryan Ripken.

Baseball America didn’t have Ryan Ripken among their top 500 prospects for the draft, although in fairness more than 500 players had already been taken by the time the Orioles selected him.

Orioles blog Camden Depot notes that Ripken is committed to playing college ball at South Carolina if he opts not to sign, although presumably the team’s scouting department had a little inside information regarding his intentions.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Geez he is definatley his fathers son. Looks so much like his dad. Has to be tough growing up in Maryland being Ripkens kid. Expectations are probably huge.
    I hope he makes it to the bigs someday, it would be a cool story if he did.

  2. fellspointbird - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I really hope that he becomes an Oriole, like his father, uncle, and grandfather. What a great story that would be..

  3. hojo20 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Bold Prediction: He’ll be bald in 10 years.

    • jimmybananahamok - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      That’s a Bald Prediction

      • ravenscaps48 - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        Very Punny

  4. greej1938l - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Cool story. If he’s half as good a his pops he’ll have a solid MLB career.

  5. georgebrett - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Every year the later rounds are filled with FAVORS to guys that are in organizations or ex players kids. This year is no different.

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