Top Prospects Whose Dads Were Major Leaguers – NBC Chicago
2022 MLB Draft: The top prospects whose fathers were major leaguers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Like father, like son.
Many players eligible for this weekend’s MLB draft are expected to follow in their father’s footsteps by being selected by a major league team.
When called into the big leagues, these duos will join a long list of father-son tandems who have played at the majors, joining Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr., Bobby and Barry Bonds, Fernando Tatis and Fernando Tatis Jr. , Vladimir Guerrero and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and many more.
Here’s a look at some of the many prospects in this year’s draft class whose dads played in the majors…
Druw Jones, Wesleyan High School (Georgia)
The top high school prospect in the nation, who could very well be selected first overall by the Baltimore Orioles, is the son of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones. Jones was a five-time All-Star and 10-time Golden Glove winner during his 17-year major league career. He hit 434 home runs and remains the youngest player in MLB history to hit a playoff and World Series home run, doing so as a rookie in 1996 at age 19. Druw Jones, like his father, plays center field and combines speed and power.
Jackson Holiday, Stillwater High School, Oklahoma
Druw Jones won’t be the only son of a former All-Star to be called up early on draft night. Jackson Holliday, the son of seven-time All-Star Matt Holliday, is also considered for the No. 1 overall pick. Holliday hit 316 homers during his 15-year career, winning the 2007 National League batting title with a .340 average. and winning a World Series championship with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. Bloodline runs strong in the Holliday family with Jackson, a shortstop, and his younger brother Ethan, both highly regarded high school prospects.
Justin Crawford, Bishop Gorman High School (Nevada)
Speed is in the family for the Crawfords. Justin Crawford’s father Carl Crawford stole 480 bases in his 15-year career. The four-time All-Star led the American League in the category four times with the Tampa Bay Rays, sweeping more than 50 goals in each of those seasons. His son, an outfielder like his father, is also a threat on the base paths and will bring elite speed to the team that selects him.
Kyle Nevin, Baylor
Kyle Nevin will not be selected as soon as his father was. Few are. His father, Phil Nevin, was the Houston Astros’ first overall pick in the 1992 draft. He was selected five picks ahead of a guy named Derek Jeter. Nevin then had a 12-year career at the majors, making the All-Star team in 2001, and is now the interim manager of the Los Angeles Angels. His oldest son, Kyle’s brother Tyler, was also a first-round pick, having been selected by the Colorado Rockies in 2015.
Cole Roberts, Loyola Marymount
Cole Roberts’ father won a World Series as a player and coach, and he has a good chance of capturing another this season. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts currently has his team atop the National League with a 58-30 record. Roberts, during his 10-year playing career, won a championship playing for the Boston Red Sox in 2004, with his stolen base in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees was the start of a historical return in series. He then guided the Dodgers to a 2020 title in his fifth season in charge of the team. His son, a second baseman, just completed his third season at Loyola Marymount, hitting .265 with 15 RBIs in 55 games.
Teddy Cashman, St. Luke’s School (Connecticut)
Okay, so Teddy Cashman’s dad never played in the big leagues. But he was general manager of the league’s most storied franchise for nearly 25 years. Teddy’s father is Brian Cashman, who, as general manager of the New York Yankees since 1998, helped the team win four World Series championships. Maybe in the draft he’ll be eyeing his son, a second baseman, with a late-round pick.