The epic marathon otherwise known as the MLB Draft is reaching the late, late rounds as we are hitting that point in the draft when teams are just drafting players more for the story it creates than anything else.
While that’s not to say these players being picked in 29th round aren’t going to be good ballplayers, it’s just when the Padres draft Johnny Manziel you kind of pick up on the gimmick.
For the New York Yankees, the 872nd overall pick int he draft is both a bit of a gimmick but also a cool story that could develop into an even cooler one if things work out. After watching future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera retire last season, the New York Yankees have draft his son, Mariano Rivera III in the 29th round.
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 7, 2014
This may seem gimmicky, and it no doubt is to a certain extent, things may end up working out in a way that every Yankees fan is imagining right now. Mariano Rivera III is a pitcher, just like his father, and the righty very well could rise through the ranks and take over as closer for the Yankees down the road.
Only time will tell, but it’s at least cool to see the Yankees stay in the family and keep the Mariano Rivera name alive in the franchise in more than one way.