Sons of three managers among those drafted on Day 2
NEW YORK – The sons of major league managers Jim Leyland, Bruce Bochy and Ozzie Guillen were among the players selected during a long second day of the baseball draft.
After televising its first and compensatory rounds during prime time Monday night, major league baseball held rounds 2-30 via conference calls between team officials on Tuesday.
Bryce Harper, a 17-year-old slugger with prodigious power from the College of Southern Nevada, was taken by Washington with the No. 1 overall pick Monday night.
All three managers’ teams drafted in the family. Leyland’s Detroit Tigers took his son, Patrick, in the eighth round. Patrick Leyland is a 6-foot-2 catcher from Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, who has a scholarship waiting from Maryland.
“He can stand on his own two feet,” said the elder Leyland, adding anyone who thinks his son was drafted as a favor would be “foolish.”
The Chicago White Sox, hosting the Tigers on Tuesday night, took Guillen’s son, Ozney, a Florida high school outfielder, in the 22nd round.
San Francisco selected Bochy’s son, Brett, a right-handed reliever from the University of Kansas, in the 20th round. The younger Bochy was 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA and five saves before having Tommy John surgery in April and missing the rest of the season for the Jayhawks.
Several other notable names were called on the second day, including: Cory Vaughn (Mets), son of Greg Vaughn; Dickie Thon Jr. (Toronto), son of Dickie Thon; Garrett Buechele (Texas), son of Steve Buechele; Kellen Sweeney (Toronto), brother of Ryan Sweeney; Mel Rojas Jr. (Pittsburgh), son of Mel Rojas; Benjamin Gamel (Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel; Connor Narron (Baltimore), son of Jerry Narron; and Drew Cisco (Cincinnati), grandson of Galen Cisco.
The Nationals, who saw Stephen Strasburg strike out 14 in his big league debut against Pittsburgh on Tuesday after being taken No. 1 almost exactly a year ago, took San Diego left-hander Sammy Solis to start the second round.
After taking touted right-hander Jameson Taillon second overall, the Pirates got another impressive high school righty in the second round with Stetson Allie. Projected as a first-rounder, the 6-4, 225-pound Allie has a fastball that sits in the mid- to upper-90s.
Former Kentucky left-hander James Paxton went in the fourth round to Seattle after being the 37th overall pick by Toronto last year. He didn’t sign, left Kentucky after a legal battle over whether his adviser negotiated with the Blue Jays – a violation of NCAA rules – and then opted to play for Grand Prairie of the independent American Association.
Rounds 31-50 of the draft were scheduled to be conducted Wednesday.
– AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman in Chicago contributed to this report.