Fathers and sons – This year’s MLB draft is a family affair

The 2022 MLB draft is finally here, with many stars-to-be ready to begin their journey to the big leagues. You might see a lot of names tonight that you’ll recognize – several potential draft picks had famous fathers who already made names for themselves in the majors. Here’s a quick rundown of who’s in the draft, futures game, and all-star game.

FUTURES GAME SONS

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Why you know his father: Al Leiter played in the major leagues from 1987 to 2005, making two All-Star appearances, winning three World Series titles with the Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins, and hitting a no-hitter in 1996 before moving to a post-career role switched to YES Network and MLB Network. Leiter has been nominated for multiple Sports Emmy Awards and won a New York Sports Emmy for his work on television.

Why you will know him: Jack Leiter rose to stardom while at Vanderbilt University, becoming one of the top picks for the 2021 draft before being picked runner-up overall by the Texas Rangers with a $7.92 million signing bonus. Leiter has contested in Double-A so far this season with a 6.30 ERA in 50 innings in 14 games. He’s also run 30 to the tune of a 1.60 WHIP.

On Sunday night, Leiter was pretty excited when his Vanderbilt teammate Kumar Rocker, the son of former NFL pro Tracy Rocker, joined him in the Rangers draft pick.

Darren Baker

Why you know his father: Baker’s father is legendary manager Dusty Baker, currently skipper of the Houston Astros. Baker played in the major leagues from 1968 to 1986 before becoming manager in 1993 and joining the San Francisco Giants. Baker also played an integral part in what may be the first-ever high five, which took place between himself and Glenn Burke at Dodger Stadium in 1977.

Why you will know him: Baker first came to the attention of baseball fans during the 2002 World Series when he served as a bat boy for the Giants. During a run-scoring play in Game 5, first baseman JT Snow swept three-year-old Baker off his feet to prevent him from being trampled. Baker was selected in the 10th round of the 2021 MLB draft and currently plays in High-A in the Washington Nationals organization, posting .273/.333/.367 with 10 steals in 62 games.

DRAFT SONS

Drew Jones

Why you know his father: Andruw Jones was one of the greatest defensive fielders in baseball history, winning five All-Star appearances, 10 Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger Award. He is best remembered for his time with the Atlanta Braves from 1996-2007. Jones was drafted to the majors at 19 and ranks second in baseball history for most gold gloves, tied with Al Kaline, Ichiro Suzuki and Ken Griffey Jr.

Why you will know him: Reminding Boy Scouts of his father, Druw Jones displays a five-tool skillset as a midfielder – he’s a strong right-hander and has a reputation for being the best defensive midfielder in the 2022 high school class. While Jones has the opportunity to play baseball at Vanderbilt, he likely won’t play a game in Nashville after being selected among the top picks in this year’s MLB draft.

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Why you know his father: Matt Holliday has had a strong career with seven All-Star appearances, four Silver Sluggers, an NLCS MVP and a World Series title. Holiday played a major role in seven different playoff appearances, most notably for the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Why you will know him: Like his father, Jackson Holliday is one of the top hitters in the high school class of 2022, although unlike his father, he hits from the left side of the plate. Holliday broke JT Realmuto’s national high school record for hits in a season with 89 in 41 games while hitting .685/.749/1.392, showing an advanced approach to the plate and a high baseball IQ. He received a scholarship to the state of Oklahoma, where his father is a volunteer assistant coach.

Carsten Sabatia

Why you know his father: CC Sabathia was one of the most imposing and dominant left-handed pitchers in all of baseball. Sabathia appeared in six All-Star games, won a Cy Young Award in 2007, and won the World Series with the Yankees in 2009 while becoming the 17th pitcher and third left-hander in baseball history to hit 3,000 strikeouts. Sabathia is also tied with Bob Gibson for the second-most wins by a black pitcher in MLB history behind Ferguson Jenkins.

Why you will know him: Carsten doesn’t play like his father, instead playing corner infield as a senior at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey. Sabathia is committed to Georgia Tech and has been recruited by Harvard, UCLA and Wake Forest. He has stated that he is willing to sign a contract if a draft situation moves in his favor, but has also spoken out about wanting to pursue an apprenticeship.

Justin Crawford

Why you know his father: Carl Crawford played in four All-Star games from 2002 to 2016 with a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger in 2010, and led the league in stolen bases four times. Crawford was at his best during his 2002-10 tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays before signing a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, a situation that ended in disaster. He was traded to the Dodgers after the 2012 season. Since his playing career, Crawford has run 1501 Certified Entertainment, a Houston-based independent record label that signed hip-hop megastar Megan Thee Stallion, who later sued the label, claiming they were preventing her from releasing music.

Why you will know him: The younger Crawford plays Bishop Gorman, the alma mater of Joey Gallo at Las Vegas High School. One of the top athletes in the incoming draft class, Crawford displays top-notch speed that makes him a potential stealer and helps him cover a lot of ground in the outfield. Teams will seek to sign him off a commitment to the state of Louisiana.

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Why you know his father: Lou Collier played in the major leagues from 1997 to 2004 after being selected in the 31st round of the 1992 MLB Draft. Collier served primarily as a supply man, playing shortstop and outfield. After his major league career, Collier played for two years with the Korean Baseball Organization, 2005 with the LG Twins and 2006 with the Hanwha Eagles.

Why you will know him: Collier is considered one of the top prospects in the draft, highlighted by his outstanding club speed and shot-to-ball skills while hitting the ball on all fields. Collier was previously a member of Class 2023, but he got his GED and went to Chipola Junior College to ensure he was drafted that year. Conversations about his future position place him at third base, first base, or outfield, and any team that drafts him has to convince him not to go to Louisville.

Robert Moore

Why you know his father: Dayton Moore began working as a scout for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball in 1994. In 2006, he worked his way up to general manager of the Kansas City Royals before being promoted to president of baseball operations in 2022, where he fielded teams that won the 2014 American League pennant and the 2015 World Series.

Why you will know him: Robert Moore had a chance to compete in the first five rounds of the 2020 draft if he hadn’t graduated high school early to enroll early in Arkansas, where he became known as Big Game Bob for his clutch hits. He’s currently playing at second base, but some scouts believe he could also be a shortstop, batting with enough clout to justify playing at both spots.

Elijah Green

Why you know his father: Eric Green played in the NFL from 1990 to 1999, twice as a Pro Bowler as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted him in the first round. His best season came in 1993 when he recorded 63 receptions for 942 yards and five touchdowns.

Why you will know him: Green, one of the best prospects in the draft, makes a loud contract, drives balls all fields, hits things out of the park, runs at an elite level, and covers a lot of grass in the outfield, though scouts wonder about the swing and misses in his Game. If Green goes to the first round, it would be the first time a father-son duo has competed in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts.

ALL STAR GAME SONS

Vladimir Guerrero Jr

Why you know his father: One of the greatest bad ball hitters in baseball history, Senior is a generation icon. He has won nine All-Star appearances and eight Silver Sluggers, won American League MVP as a member of the Los Angeles Angels, and earned induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018 with 92.9% of the second ballot vote.

Why you will know him: Vladdy Jr. has already established himself as a superstar in the majors, finishing second to Shohei Ohtani in the 2021 MVP pick (only in his second season). Guerrero Jr. hasn’t been quite as good this season but is still one of the biggest offensive threats in the game, hitting .263/.340/.482 with 20 homers and 56 RBIs in 89 games so far.

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Emma Bowman

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