Sons following in the footsteps of their fathers has generally been the theme when it comes to familial ties in the First-Year Player Draft. This year, however, it was all about brotherly love.
There were brothers galore drafted over the two-day event, including two sets of twins selected. The Papelbon brothers, Jeremy and Josh, were chosen out of the University of North Florida. Jeremy Papelbon went first on Wednesday, in the 19th round to the Cubs while Josh went later in the afternoon, to the Red Sox in the 48th round. He'll have a chance to someday play with his brother, Jon, who is the current closer in Boston.
The Figueroa twins, Stephen and Justin, were grabbed by the Blue Jays in the ninth and 42nd round, respectively. They are the sons of Bien Figueroa, the manager at Frederick, Baltimore's Class A affiliate in the Carolina League.
And finally, Clint Stubbs, an outfielder from Atlanta High School, went in the 49th round to Texas. He's the brother of Cincinnati's first-round pick Drew Stubbs, the University of Texas star.
Here's our annual rundown of those with Major League bloodlines who were selected in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, listed by the order in which they were selected and with a nugget or two about what those that came before them accomplished.
Jeremy Barfield, OF, Klein High School, Texas, ninth round by the New York Mets. Son of Jesse, outfielder 1981-92. Top achievement: Hit 241 career homers, including an American League-leading 40 in 1986. Brother of Josh, infielder San Diego Padres, 2006. Top achievement: Had a hit in his first Major League game.
Kurt Bradley, 2B, University of Northern Iowa, 33rd round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Son of Phil, outfielder, 1983-90. Top achievement: He set a career high with 26 homers for Seattle in 1985.
David Cash, 2B, University of Florida, 40th round by Baltimore. Son of Dave, infielder, 1969-80. Top achievement: Led the NL in at-bats 1974-76 and led the league in hits in 1975. Served as Baltimore's first base coach before being reassigned by the club on Wednesday.
Jason Chapman, CF, Truckee High School, Calif., 44th round by Cincinnati. Son of Kelvin, infielder, 1979-85. Top achievement: Had a career-high 57 hits for the Mets in 1984.
Steven Cochrane, C, Mission Viejo High School, Calif., 34th round by Oakland. Son of Dave, utility man, 1986-92. Top achievement: Drove in 22 runs for the Mariners in 1991.
Cirilo Cruz, 1B, Cumberland University, 27th round by Houston. Son of Tommy, outfielder, 1973, '77. Nephew of Jose, outfielder, 1970-1988. Top achievement: Led the National League in hits in 1983, was third in the NL MVP voting in 1980 and had 2,251 career hits. Current Astros first base coach.
Kyle Drabek, P, The Woodlands High School, Texas, first round by Philadelphia. Son of Doug, pitcher, 1986-98. Top achievement: Won the NL Cy Young Award in 1990 after winning a career-best 22 games for Pittsburgh.
Mike Dubee, P, Okaloosa-Walton Community College, 18th round by Philadelphia. Son of Rich, Major League pitching coach. Top achievement: Currently the pitching coach for the Phillies.
Lance Durham, LF, Roger Bacon High School, Ohio, 45th round by Detroit. Son of Leon, outfielder, 1980-89. Top achievement: Topped the 20-home run mark five times in his career. Currently the hitting coach for Detroit's Triple-A affiliate in Toledo.
Bryan Earley, RHP, Elder High School, Ohio, 44th round by Seattle. Son of Bill, pitcher 1986. Top achievement: Appeared in three games with St. Louis in 1986.
Riley Etchebarren, CF, Paradise Valley High School, Ariz., 39th round by Arizona. Nephew of Andy, catcher, 1962-78. Top achievement: Appeared in four World Series with Baltimore, winning twice.
Jonathan Fernandez, SS, American Heritage High School, Fla., 48th round by Toronto. Son of Tony, infielder, 1983-2001. Top achievement: Was a five-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and a member of Toronto's 1993 World Series championship team.
Stephen Figueroa, SS, Lincoln High School, Fla., ninth round by Toronto. Son of Bien, the manager at Baltimore's Carolina League affiliate in Frederick. Top achievement: Briefly played in the Majors with St. Louis in 1992.
Justin Figueroa, 2B, Lincoln High School, Fla., 42nd round by Toronto. Son of Bien, the manager at Baltimore's Carolina League affiliate in Frederick. Twin brother of Stephen, selected in the ninth round by the Jays.
Clayton Fuller, OF, Smithson Valley High School, Texas, fourth round by Los Angeles Angels. Brother of Cody, a 48th round pick of the Angels in 2005. Top achievement: Hit .270 in 32 games last season at Class A Rancho Cucamonga of the California League.
Chad Gross, 1B, Claremont High School, Calif., 26th round by Boston. Son of Kevin, pitcher, 1983-97. Won 142 games, including a career-best 15 with the Phils in 1985.
Kevin Gunderson, LHP, Oregon State University, fifth round by Atlanta. Nephew of Eric Gunderson, pitcher, 1990-2000. Top achievement: Won eight career games, three of which came in 1995 with the Mets and Red Sox.
Tyree Hayes, RHP, Tomball High School, Texas, eighth round by Tampa Bay. Son of Charlie, infielder, 1988-2001. Top achievement: A member of the 1996 World Series champion Yankees team. Led the National League in doubles in 1993.
Zach Helton, 2B, Central High School, Tenn., 37th round by Colorado. Cousin of Todd Helton, first baseman, 1997-present. Top achievement: Led the National League in batting average and hits in 2000. Is a five-time All-Star with three Gold Gloves.
Trent Henderson, SS, Newport High School, Wash., 37th round by Houston. Son of Dave, outfielder/designated hitter, 1981-94. Top achievement: Hit 197 career homers and appeared in the postseason four times.
Leon Johnson, CF, no school, 29th round by Tampa Bay. Brother of Elliot, a free-agent signee by the Devil Rays in 2002. Top achievement: Hit a career high 11 homers in 2005 while splitting time between Class A Visalia and Double-A Montgomery.
Joshua Lansford, 3B, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, sixth round by Chicago Cubs. Son of Carney, infielder, 1978-92. Top achievement: Led the American League in hitting in 1981.
Bryce Lefebvre, 3B, Saddleback Community College, Ariz., 45th round by San Diego. Son of Jim, infielder, 1965-72. Top achievement: 1965 NL Rookie of the Year, managed the Mariners, White Sox and Brewers between 1989-99.
Marcus Lemon, SS, Eustis High School, Fla., fourth round by Texas. Son of Chet, outfielder, 1975-90. Top achievement: Was a first-round pick by Oakland and was a three-time All-Star.
Candy Maldonado, RF, Porterville College, 46th round by Tampa Bay. Son of Candy, outfielder, 1981-95. Top achievement: Had 146 career homers including 22 in 1990.
Preston Mattingly, SS, Evansville Central High, Ind., first-round supplemental by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Son of Don, first baseman, 1982-95. Top achievement: A former captain of the Yankees and the 1985 AL MVP. A six-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glover.
Jonathan Moore, Arlington Lamar High School, Texas, 36th round by Houston. Son of Jackie, catcher, 1965. Top achievement: Served as the manager of the Oakland A's from 1984-86. Is in his seventh season as the manager at Round Rock, Houston's Triple-A affiliate.
Kyle Mura, RHP, Loyola Marymount, 42nd round by St. Louis. Son of Steve, pitcher, 1978-85. Top achievement: Won 12 games with the Cardinals in 1982.
Kyle Page, OF, Brevard Community College, Ariz., 48th round by Washington. Son of Mitchell, outfielder/designated hitter, 1977-84. Top achievement: Hit 21 homers as a rookie with Oakland in 1977. Current hitting coach for the Nationals.
Jeremy Papelbon, P, LHP, University of North Florida, 19th-round by the Chicago Cubs. Brother of Jon Papelbon, pitcher, 2005-present. Top achievement: The current closer for the Red Sox.
Josh Papelbon, RHP, University of North Florida, 48th round by Boston. Brother of Jon Papelbon, pitcher, 2005-present.
Benjamin Petralli, C, Sacramento Community College, 17th round by Detroit. Son of Geno, utility man 1982-93. Top achievement: He connected for a career-high seven homers in both 1987 and '88 with Texas.
Stephen Puhl, C, St. Edwards University, 17th round by the New York Mets. Son of Terry, outfielder, 1977-91. Top achievement: Was an All-Star in 1978 and appeared in the postseason three times with Houston.
Cory Rasmus, RHP, Russell County High School, Ala., first-round supplemental by Atlanta. Brother of Cody, a first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2005. Top achievement: Hit .296 with Johnson City of the Appalachian League last year.
Joshua Rodriguez, C, Red Mountain High School, Ariz., 47th round by Washington. Son of Eddie, current bench coach for the Nationals.
John Shelby, 2B, University of Kentucky, fifth round by the Chicago White Sox. Son of John, outfielder, 1981-91. Top achievement: A first-round pick by the Orioles in 1977. Hit a career high 22 homers in 1987.
Goldy Simmons, RHP, Monte Vista High School, Calif., 40th round by the Athletics. Son of Nelson, outfielder 1984-87. Top achievement: Hit 10 home runs for the 1985 Tigers.
Benjamin Snyder, LHP, Ball State, fourth round by San Francisco. Brother of Brad, also a Ball State product and former first-round pick by Cleveland. Top achievement: Hit 22 homers and drove in 82 runs last season while helping Akron to the Double-A Eastern League title.
Clint Stubbs, OF, Atlanta High School, 49th round by Texas. Brother of Drew, Cincinnati's first-round pick, eighth overall.
Kanekoa Texeira, RHP, Saddleback Community College, 22nd round by the Chicago White Sox. Cousin of Shane Victorino, outfielder, 2003-present. Top achievement: He has a career-high three homers this season with Philadelphia.
Scott Thomas, C, Missouri Baptist College, 38th round by St. Louis. Son of Lee, first baseman/OF, 1961-68. Top achievement: 1962 All-Star, formerly the general manager of the Phillies.
Chad Tracy, C, Pepperdine University, third round by Texas. Son of Jim, Major League manager. Top achievement: He won 810 games in five seasons as the Dodgers skipper, including a first-place finish in 2004. Currently managing the Pirates. Jim Tracy also played parts of two seasons with the Cubs in the early '80s.
Jon Weidenbauer, LHP, Seabreeze High School, Fla., 24th round by Houston. Son of Tom, utility man, 1979. Top achievement: Current Minor League field coordinator for the Astros.
Kyle Williams, 2B, Chaparral High School, Ariz., 47th round by the Chicago White Sox. Son of Ken, the general manager of the White Sox.
Kevin Czerwinski is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.