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A Relative MLB Draft

A Relative Draft Jason Ricks/ via Flickr


Some may call this “A Relative Draft” for the MLB, but not in the form of an adjective.  I’m talking relative in the form of a noun.

As we look down the list of draft picks this year we so many names on the draft board.  In fact over 1200 picks take place in the 2016 MLB draft this year.  When I talk about the relative aspect of the draft, we must look to the names of 13 players that have a bloodline that runs deep in baseball.

The 1st pick in the draft this year was Mickey Moniak.  Mickey is the grandson of Bill Moniak, who played for the 1958 Boston Red Sox before playing five more years under the instructional hitting of the late Ted Williams.

The 8th pick in the draft was Pitcher Cal Quantrill.  Cal is the son of Paul Quantrill a right handed pitcher that spent 14 years in the Majors.  If you are not sure who he is, Yankees fans can tell you.

He is the guy who gave up the walk-off homerun to David Ortiz in Game 4 of the American League Championship that sparked the historic Boston comeback.

The 13th pick in the draft was third baseman Joshua Lowe.  He is the son of former Pitcher David Lowe who famously passed up signing with Seattle in 1986 to attend the United States Naval Academy. I doubt you see a repeat of that from this kid.

The 20th pick in the draft was Short-stop Gavin Lux.  His father didn’t make the big leagues, but his Uncle did.  He is the nephew of Augie Schmidt who was drafted in 1982 as the 2nd overall pick by the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 26th pick in the draft was Right handed pitcher Zack Burdi.  Like Lux he didn’t follow in his fathers footsteps but instead his brothers.  Nick Burdi was drafted in 2014 by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the draft. Nick is currently on the disabled list for the Chattanooga Lookouts double A team.

The 28th pick overall was Short-stop Carter Kieboom.  Carter also had a big brothers footsteps to follow by following his older brother Spencer Kieboom who is a catcher in the Washington Nationals system.  Talk about following your brother around, he was even drafted by the same team.

Pick number 36 was a player with a name many may recognize.  The Dodgers selected Jordan Sheffield with their pick.  Hold on though it is not what you were thinking.  He is not related to Gary Sheffield in any way.  He is the brother of Cleveland‘s 2014 first round draft pick Left handed pitcher Justus Sheffield who is currently in the Indians minor league system.

At pick #66 was short-stop Bo Bichette Bo has a little deeper roots than some players as he has seen his father Dante Bichette and his brother Dante Bichette JR lead the way for him.  Bichette JR. is currently playing third base for the Yankees Double-A affiliate.

With the 132nd pick the Blue Jays took centerfielder Joshua PalaciosPalacios is the nephew of former Royals Utility man Rey Palacios.

The 142nd pick in the draft was third baseman JaVon Shelby.  Talk about some deep roots this family is scattered all throughout baseball.  He is the son of John Shelby, an 11 year veteran in the big leagues and now hitting coach for the Albuquerque Isotopes Triple A team.  He is the cousin of Josh Harrison the Pirates All-star infielder, brother of John Shelby III who played for the Brewers Triple A team, and brother of Jeremy Shelby who played a brief stint for Baltimore in their Minor League system.  And to top that all off we can probably expect to see little brother Jaren Shelby, who is the top rated prep position player in Kentucky.

At pick 150 was RHP-Mikey York son of former major league pitcher Mike York.

Pick #152 was CF-Conner Capel, son of former Pitcher Mike Capel who played college with Roger Clemens at Texas University.

Pick #162 is the son of  Hall of fame player Craig BiggioCalvin Biggio is a second baseman just like his old man.

The 204th pick is the Diamondbacks 1st baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s little cousin LHP-Dan Dallas.

Last but not least (at least we don’t know yet) is the 211th pick Preston Palmeiro.  He is the son of 20 year veteran Rafael Palmeiro, who hit 569 homers in his career.


There is nothing like following the family tradition, but for these young men the journey has just begun.