As probably the biggest legend the Baltimore Orioles have ever had in their organization, throughout his career Cal Ripken Jr. was the pride of the Washington D.C. area, mainly because the nation’s capital did not have a team at that point. Now it’s time for his son, Ryan to see if he can replicate that as he’ll be heading to the nation’s capital–just not as a member of the Orioles.
That name sounds familiar… The Washington Nationals selected Ryan Ripken — Cal's son — in the 15th round of the MLB Draft.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 7, 2014
In the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday, the Nationals selected the younger Ripken, just two years after he was a pick of his dad’s Orioles team in the 20th round of the amateur draft.
Here’s a look at Ripken’s profile via the Baltimore Sun:
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound first baseman batted .321 with one home run and 24 RBIs in 42 games as a freshman for Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., this season. Ripken, a left-handed hitter, transferred to Indian River state, which is in the National Junior College Athletic Association, after he did not make South Carolina’s 35-man roster as a freshman last spring and then redshirted.
It’s always a pleasure to see second generation stars eventually get their shot in the big leagues eventually, and it’ll be fun for the time being to watch Ryan Ripken see if he can become just as big of a star for the Nationals as his dad was for the Orioles; although those are some pretty big shoes to ultimately fill.