Draft ties generations together
Hall of Famer Kaline's grandson among relatives selected
Keeping it in the family has always been a dominant theme when it comes to Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. Chasing the dreams of one's father, uncle or brother has become commonplace in baseball lore, and this season's affair proved to be no different.
The Tigers and White Sox were most active in keeping some families together, beginning in the 25th round, when Detroit nabbed Colin Kaline, the grandson of Tigers Hall of Fame outfielder Al Kaline. The Tigers also took Wade Lamont, son of coach Gene Lamont; Matthew Robertson, brother of Nate Robertson; and Richard Zumaya, brother of hard-throwing reliever Joel Zumaya.
The White Sox, meanwhile, grabbed Oney Guillen (36th round), son of manager Ozzie Guillen; and Devon Shines (41st round), son of Sox third-base coach Razor Shines. White Sox general manager Kenny Williams also got to see his son, Ken, selected in the 32nd round, but he was not the one doing the picking. The Rockies tabbed Williams out of Wichita State.
Baltimore also selected Eric Perlozzo, son of Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo, in the 35th round, while the Angels tabbed Matthew Scioscia, son of skipper Mike Scioscia, in the 41st round.
Here's the annual rundown of those with Major League bloodlines who were selected in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, listed in alphabetical order, and with a nugget or two about what those who came before them accomplished.
Trent Abbott, RHP, Fullerton (Calif.) College, Round 36 by the Oakland A's; son of Paul, RHP 1990-2004
Top achievement: Went 17-4 for the 2001 Seattle Mariners. He also went 2-2 in four postseason starts for the Mariners.
Ryan Acosta, RHP, Clearwater Central (Fla.) Central High, Round 12 by the Chicago Cubs; son of Oscar, a former pitching coach with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs
He was the Yankees' player development coordinator in the Dominican Republic and managed their Gulf Coast Team when he was killed in a car accident last April.
Andrew Allen, 1B, Desert Vista (Ariz.) High, Round 43 by the Arizona Diamondbacks; son of Rod, OF 1983-88
Top achievement: Had three RBIs in 1984.
Zachary Babitt, 2B, Albany (Calif.) High, Round 35 by the Chicago White Sox; son of Shooty, 2B, 1981
Top achievement: Driving in 14 runs with the 1981 A's. Currently a scout with the Mets.
Casey Baron, LHP, University of Maryland, Round 34 by the Milwaukee Brewers. Grandson of Ray, P 1946.
Top achievement: Struck out a pair of hitters in nine innings of work for the 1946 Indians.
Justin Bass, 2B, Clements [Texas] High, 21st round by The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Son of Kevin, OF 1982-95.
Top achievement: Was an All-Star in 1986 and finished his career with 1,308 hits.
Garrett Bass, OF, Jacksonville [Texas] State University, 42nd round by the Washington Nationals. Son of Kevin, OF 1982-95.
Top achievement: Was an All-Star in 1986 and finished his career with 1,308 hits. Brother of Justin Bass, drafted in the 21st round by the Angels.
Andrew Benes, 3B, Westminster Christian Academy (Mo.), Round 47 by the Cincinnati Reds; son of Andy, P 1989-2002
Top achievement: Top pick in the 1988 First-Year Player Draft and winner of 155 career games. Had a career-high 18 wins in 1996 with St. Louis.
Davis Bilardello, LHP, University of South Florida, Round 43 by the St. Louis Cardinals; son of Dann, C 1983-92
Top achievement: Had 38 RBIs as a rookie with the Reds in 1983. Currently the Cardinals' Minor League catching instructor.
Taylor Cameron, RHP, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) University, Round 31 by the Pittsburgh Pirates; son of Pittsburgh scout Brad Cameron
Matthew Clark, 3B, Riverside (Calif.) Community College, Round 28 by the Pittsburgh Pirates; son of Terry, RHP 1988-97
Top achievement: Clark won a career-high six games during his rookie season with Anaheim in 1988.
Charles Fick, RHP, Cal-State Northridge, Round 15 by the St. Louis Cardinals; son of Chuck, a Cardinals scout
Scott Fletcher, SS, Star Mills (Ga.) High, Round 39 by the Houston Astros; son of Scott, IF 1981-95
Top achievement: Had a career-high 63 RBIs with the Rangers in 1987. Collected 1,376 during his career.
Parker Frazier, RHP, Bishop Kelley (Okla.) High, Round 8 by the Colorado Rockies; son of George, RHP, 1978-87
Top achievement: Was part of Minnesota's 1987 World Series winner and is currently a broadcaster with the Rockies.
Nicholas Gallego, 2B, Esperenza (Calif.) High, Round 37 by the Colorado Rockies; son of Mike, IF 1985-97
Top achievement: Drove in a career-high 54 runs and hit a career-best .283 in 1993 with the Yankees. Is currently the third-base coach of the Rockies.
Dylan Gonzalez, RHP, Pepperdine University, Round 31 by the St. Louis Cardinals; son of Cardinals scout Charlie Gonzalez
Oney Guillen, 2B, North Park (Ill.) University, Round 36 by the Chicago White Sox; son of Ozzie, IF 1985-2000
Top achievement: Won the 1985 American League Rookie of the Year Award, was a three-time All-Star, won one Gold Glove Award and collected 1,764 career hits. Has managed the White Sox since 2004, guiding them to a World Series crown in 2005.
Brandon Hayes, OF, Sheldon (Ore.) High, Round 49 by the Texas Rangers; nephew of Von, OF 1981-92
Top achievement: A 1989 All-Star, he hit 40 homers and drove in 182 runs over the 1986-87 seasons.
Jordan Herr, CF, University of Pittsburgh, Round 41 by the Chicago Cubs; son of Tommy, 2B from 1979-91
Top achievement: He had 1,450 career hits and was an All-Star in 1985, when he collected a career-high 110 RBIs.
Ross Hopkins, C, Tyee (Wash.) High, Round 40 by the Cincinnati Reds; son of Ron, the Rangers' director of scouting
Garth Iorg, SS, Round 6 by the Detroit Tigers; son of Garth, infielder/DH 1978-87 and nephew of Dane, utility player 1977-86
Gart Iorg, Sr.'s top achievement: Had a career-high 119 hits in 1987 with Toronto and a career-best 44 RBIs with the Jays in '86.
Torrey Jacoby, Notre Dame (Ariz.) High, Round 40 by the Arizona Diamondbacks; son of Brook, 3B 1981-92
Top achievement: A two-time All-Star that hit a career-high 32 homers for Cleveland in 1987.
Glen Johnson, South Fork (Fla.) High, Round 36 by the New York Mets; son of Howard, IF 1982-95
Top achievement: Was a two-time All-Star, won two Silver Slugger Awards and led the NL in home runs (38) and RBIs (117) in 1991. Was a three-time member of the 30-30 club and is currently the Mets' first-base coach.
Colin Kaline, 2B, Groves (Mich.) High, Round 25 by the Detroit Tigers; grandson of Al, outfielder, 1953-74
Top achievement: Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980. Kaline was a 15-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and the winner of the 1955 AL batting title.
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
Brandon Laird, 3B, Cypress (Calif.) College, Round 27 by the New York Yankees; brother of Gerald, C/OF 2003-present
Top achievement: Had a career-high seven homers and 22 RBIs in 2006.
Wade Lamont, 1B, Flagler (Fla.) College, Round 29 by the Detroit Tigers; son of Gene, Major League manager 1992-95 (White Sox) and 1997-2000 (Pirates)
Top achievement: Led Chicago to first-place finishes in 1993-94. Currently a coach with the Tigers.
Brent Lysander, RHP, Sonoma State (Calif.) College, Round 16 by the Oakland A's; son of Rick, RHP 1980-85
Top achievement: He won nine games and had 11 saves over three seasons (1983-85) with Minnesota.
Beau Mills, 1B, Lewis and Clark State College, Round 1 by the Cleveland Indians; son of Brad, infielder 1980-83
Top achievement: Had eight RBIs in 60 at-bats with Montreal in 1980. Was Nolan Ryan's 3,509th strikeout victim, allowing him to pass Walter Johnson on the all-time list. Is currently the bench coach with the Red Sox.
Grant Monroe, RHP, Schaumburg [IL] High, Round 38 by the Chicago White Sox. Son of Larry, RHP 1976.
Top achievement: Was the White Sox first-round pick in 1974 and pitched 21 2/3 innings for them in '76.
Erik Morrison, SS, University of Kansas, Round 49 by the Pittsburgh Pirates; nephew of Joe Amalfitano, IF 1954-67
Top achievement: Had a career-high 98 hits in 1961 with the Giants. Managed the Cubs from 1979-81.
Joey Paciorek, 3b, Blaine (Wash.) High, Round 15 by the Milwaukee Brewers; son of Jim, infielder, 1987
Top achievement: He had two homers and 10 RBIs in his lone season with Milwaukee.
Eric Perlozzo, 2B, Shippensburg University, Round 35 by the Baltimore Orioles; son of Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo
Ben Petralli, C, Sacramento Community College, Round 47 by the Texas Rangers; son of Geno, utility player 1982-93
Top achievement: Had career highs in hits (99) and homers (seven) with Texas in 1988.
Anthony Renteria, OF, Great Oaks (Calif.) High, Round 32 by the San Diego Padres; son of Rick, IF 1986-94
Top achievement: Drove in 30 runs for the Marlins in 1993 and is currently managing San Diego's Portland affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.
Matthew Robertson, RHP, Valley Center (Kans.) High, Round 42 by the Detroit Tigers; brother of Nate, P 2002-present
Top achievement: Won a career-high 13 games for the Tigers in 2006.
Andrew Romine, SS, Arizona State University, Round 5 by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; son of Kevin, outfielder/DH, 1985-91; brother of Austin, selected by the Yankees in Round 2
Top achievement: Had career highs in hits (75) and RBIs (23) with Boston in 1989.
Austin Romine, C, El Toro (Calif.) High, Round 2 by the New York Yankees; son of Kevin, outfielder/DH, 1985-91
Jonathan Roof, SS, St. Mary's (Ky.) High, Round 39 by the Boston Red Sox; son of Gene, OF 1981-83
Top achievement: Had six career RBIs, is brother of former big leaguer Phil Roof and is cousin of former Braves manager Eddie Haas.
Shawn Roof, SS, University of Illinois, Round 33 by the Detroit Tigers; son of Gene, OF 1981-83
Richie Rowland, Cloverdale (Calif.) High, Round 40 by the Colorado Rockies; son of Rich, utility player 1990-95
Top achievement: Had career highs in homers (nine) and RBIs (20) for the Red Sox in 1994.
Jonathan Runnels, LHP, Rice University, Round 29 by the Toronto Blue Jays. Grandson of Pete, IF 1951-64.
Top achievement: The three-time All-Star led the American League in batting in 1960 and again in '62.
James Russell, LHP, University of Texas, Round 14 by the Chicago Cubs; son of Jeff, RHP 1983-1996
Top achievement: He had 186 career saves, including a career-high 38 with the Rangers in 1989.
Andrew Schugel, 3B, Mountain Vista (Colo.) High, Round 33 by the San Diego Padres; son of Angels scout Jeff
Matthew Scioscia, 1B, Crespi Carmelite (Calif.) High, Round 41 by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; son of Mike, C 1980-92
Top achievement: The Dodgers' top pick in 1976, he was a two-time All-Star and played on a pair of World Series winners. He had career highs in homers (12) and RBIs (66) in 1990. Has been the manager of the Angels since 2000, leading them to the 2002 World Series crown.
Devon Shines, 1B, Westwood (Texas) High, Round 41 by the Chicago White Sox; son of Razor, utility player 1983-87
Top achievement: Currently a coach with the Chicago White Sox.
Jordan Tanner, RHP, Neshannock (Pa.) High, Round 40 by the Milwaukee Brewers; grandson of Chuck
Top achievement: Managed in the Major League for 20 years, winning 1,352 games and leading the Pirates to the 1979 World Series crown.
Matthew Thomas, RHP, Chino Hills (Calif.) High, Round 41 by the Seattle Mariners; son of Seattle scouting director Bob Fontaine
Cory Vaughn, Jesuit (Calf.) High, Round 43 by the Philadelphia Phillies; son of Greg, OF 1989-2003
Top achievement: Had 355 career homers, 1,072 RBIs and 1,475 hits. Was a four-time All-Star.
Matthew Wallach, C, Cal-State Fullerton, Round 22 by the Los Angeles Dodgers; son of Tim, IF 1980-1996
Top achievement: A five-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Wallach finished fourth in the NL MVP voting in 1987, when he connected for 26 homers, 123 RBIs and a .298 batting average for Montreal. He has 1,125 career RBIs and 2,085 hits.
Kenneth Williams, OF, Wichita State, Round 32 by the Colorado Rockies; son of Ken Williams, general manager of the Chicago White Sox
Christopher Withrow, RHP, Midland Christian (Texas) High, Round 1 by the Toronto Blue Jays; son of Mike, pitcher
Top achievement: Was drafted twice, in the second round by the Phillies in 1979 and in the seventh round by the White Sox in 1981.
Richard Zumaya, RHP, Bonita Vista (Calif.) High, Round 43 by the Detroit Tigers; brother of Joel, P 2006-present
Top achievement: Striking out 97 batters in 83 1/3 innings last year and going 2-1 in six postseason appearances.
Kevin T. Czerwinski is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.