Major League Baseball’s 2015 draft featured a name that has already set a record for the sport. Milwaukee selected a player whose name contains 32 letters, by far the longest ever chosen in the draft.
The new member of the Brewer organization is Oluwademilade Oluwadimola Orimoloye, an outfielder taken in the second round. Should he progress and work his way up the big leagues, Orimoloye will become the first African-born player to ever suit up for an MLB team.
While it might take a while for ballpark announcers to become familiar with the pronunciation of Orimoloye, they should find themselves quite comfortable with the names of many of the other players from this year’s draft. A handful of them are sons of former big leaguers, which has been quite common in drafts of the past.
What is unique about 2015, however, is the number of draftees who are close relatives of people working for the administrations of various teams. Here is a list of just over a dozen drafted players who are the offspring of front office directors, managers, or scouts for Major League clubs.
Tucker Ward, right handed pitcher
Taken by Arizona in the 40th Round, this draftee is the son of Diamondbacks scout Turner Ward.
Jake Pries, outfielder
Baltimore used the 37th round to draft the grandson of Don Pries, former scout and director of player personnel for the Orioles.
Jack Graham, second baseman
One round after snagging Pries, Baltimore went with the son of current farm director Brian Graham.
Tate Matheny, outfielder
If all goes well, this Boston fourth round pick will have a World Series battle against his father, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny.
Nick Lovullo, shortstop
Boston selected this son of bench coach Tory Lovullo in the 34th round.
Cody Staab, outfielder
The Chicago White Sox used the 38th round to pick the son of scout Keith Staab.
Joseph Reinsdorf, second baseman
The grandson of owner Jerry Reinsdorf went to the White Sox in the 40th round.
Tyler Nevin, third baseman
Colorado’s 15th round selection is the son of Arizona Triple A manager Phil Nevin, a former big leaguer remembered for his power and his unusual batting stance.
Cam Gibson, outfielder
The son of former Arizona manager Kirk Gibson should feel right at home in Detroit, which selected him in the fifth round.
Sean Miller, shortstop
In the tenth round, Minnesota landed this son of a Houston scout with the same name.
Tyler Williams, outfielder
Minnesota also chose the son of Twins scout Ted Williams, who was taken in the 26th round.
Drew Finley, right handed pitcher
The son of Padres director of player personnel Dave Finley went to the New York Yankees in the third round.
Dante Ricciardi, shortstop
The Seattle Mariners took the son of Mets front office executive J.P. Ricciardi in the 39th round.
Mattingly Romanin, second baseman
Toronto’s round 39t choice is the son of the Blue Jays manager of baseball operations, Mal Romanin.