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Cal Ripken's Son Heads for Major League Baseball

The son of Cal Ripken Jr. was picked up by the Washington Nationals in last weekend's Major League Baseball draft.

Ryan Ripken at the 2011 Under Armour All-America event. (Credit: Regan Adams/YouTube)
Ryan Ripken at the 2011 Under Armour All-America event. (Credit: Regan Adams/YouTube)
Ripken fans have more to look forward to, now that Cal Ripken Jr.'s son was just drafted by a team in the region.

The Washington Nationals selected Ryan Ripken in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft over the weekend, according to Fox 45.

Nationals manager Matt Williams told the Associated Press that Ripken has "great bloodlines, great work ethic" and the team is "happy to have him."

The 20-year-old is the son of Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Oriole The Washington Post referred to as "the most beloved player in mid-Atlantic history."

In 2012, the Orioles tapped Ryan Ripken in the 20th round, at which time he went to college instead, according to The Baltimore Sun. Ripken went to South Carolina, then transferred to Indian River in Florida, where his batting average was .321 this season. His swing is "very reminiscent of his father's," according to Bleacher Report.

If he signs with the Nationals, Ryan Ripken would be the third generation to hit the big leagues, as his grandfather Cal Ripken Sr. was with the Orioles before father Cal Ripken Jr. and uncle Billy Ripken joined the team.

runymede June 09, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Who cares ?
Honeygo Hal June 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM
With all due respect - "The most beloved player in Mid-Atlantic history?" I guess the Washington Post never heard of Brooks Robinson...
Parrotthead June 10, 2014 at 11:43 PM
Great to see another Ripken, and a hometown boy, carry on a wonderful family tradition in the great sport of baseball. Now if we can just lure him over to the O's where he belongs.
Harford County Native June 12, 2014 at 09:04 AM
He has some big shoes to fill and a lot to live up to. Good luck in your dream.
J Leland June 16, 2014 at 09:31 AM
15th round is a courtesy pick. You’ll never see him in the major leagues.

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