Nats Draft Two Sons of Former Major Leaguers
By Daniel Popper
The Nationals drafted two sons of former Major Leaguers on Day 3 of the Fist-Year Player Draft Saturday.
In the 15th round (No. 545 overall), Washington selected first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of former Orioles great Cal Ripken, out of Indian River State (Fla.) College. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound left-handed slugger hit one home run and 24 RBIs in 42 games as a freshman this past season in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Ripken is a native of Hunt Valley, Md., and played high school baseball at Gilman School in Baltimore. The Orioles drafted him in Round 20 of the 2012 Draft, but he opted to sign with South Carolina instead. Ripken later transferred to JUCO after he was left off the Gamecock’s 35-man roster for the 2013 season.
In Round 32 (No. 964 overall), the Nationals drafted high-school center fielder Elliot Cary, son of former Tigers, Braves and Yankees pitcher Chuck Cary. Elliot Cary was the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year in Oregon and is committed to Oregon State for next year.