Familiar names dot '08 Draft board
From Barfield to Yount, relatives proving they can play, too
Editor's note: In past years, several players drafted that have had ties to baseball have inadvertently been omitted from this list. While most family ties are announced when a player is selected, occasionally the team making the selection forgets to announce such ties. If any player that has ties is not on this list, please contact us and his name will be added.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There were brothers and sons, cousins and nephews, relatives from all parts of the baseball family tree drafted during the 2008 First-Year Player Draft at the Milk House. And while baseball relatives were the predominant players selected, two sons from a pair of former NFL greats were also chosen, adding a bit of a different twist to the two-day affair.
The D-backs expended their first-round selection on Daniel Schlereth, son of former NFL Pro Bowler Mark Schlereth. The White Sox added the son of an NFL Hall of Famer on Friday, choosing Virginia prep star Kyle Long in the 23rd round. His dad, Howie, was a Hall of Fame defensive lineman for the Raiders.
The Sox also kept it in the family by choosing Kenny Williams with their last pick Thursday night. The former Wichita State star is the son of Chicago general manager Ken Williams.
Here's a closer look at how they kept in "all in the family" through 25 rounds at the Milk House.
Jack Armstrong, RHP, Jupiter (Fla.) Community High, 36th round by the Rangers. Son of Jack, RHP 1988-94.
Top achievement: He was the 18th pick in the 1987 Draft. He won 40 games during his career, including 12 with the Reds in 1990.
Top achievement: Appeared in nine games for St. Louis in 1971.
Alan Avila, 2B, Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) High, 47th round by the Tigers. Grandson of Ralph, former Dodgers vice president; son of Al, Tigers assistant general manager.
Jeremy Barfield, OF, San Jacinto College, eighth round by the A's. Son of Jesse, brother of Josh.
Top achievement: Jesse hit 241 homers in a 12-year Major League career. He was an All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove winner and led the American League with 40 homers in 1986. Josh hit .280 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs as a rookie with San Diego in 2006.
Jeremy Beckham, 2B, Georgia Southern, 17th round by the Rays. Brother of Tim.
Top achievement: He was chosen with the top pick in Thursday's opening round.
Mike Brenly, C, UNLV, 36th round by the Cubs. Son of Bob, current Cubs broadcaster.
Top achievement: He played nine seasons in the Major Leagues before managing the D-backs for four seasons. He led Arizona to a World Series victory in 2001.
Beau Brett, 1B, Ferris (WA) High, 29th round by the Royals. Nephew of George, 1973-1993.
Top achievement: He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. He was a 13-time All-Star, the 1980 AL MVP. He had 3,154 hits hits and a career .305 batting average.
Shane Boras, 2B, Juniper Serra Catholic (Calif.) High, 35th round by St. Louis. Son of Scott, agent.
Sean Buckley, 3B, King (Fla.) High, 29th round by the Reds. Son of Chris, Cincinnati's scouting director.
Mike Cisco, RHP, University of South Carolina, 36th round by the Phillies. Grandson of Galen, RHP 1961-69.
Top achievement: He won 25 games, including seven with the 1963 Mets.
Jason Codiroli, CF, West Valley College (CA), 20th round by the Padres. Nephew of Chris, RHP, 1982-90.
Top achievement: He had 38 career victories, including 14 with Oakland in 1985.
Joseph Coleman, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast University, 15th round by the Cubs. Son of Joe, RHP, 1965-79.
Top achievement: He was the third overall pick in the 1965 Draft. Won 142 games in a 15-year career including a career-high 23 in 1973.
Chris Cron, C, Mountain Pointe (AZ) High, 44th round by the White Sox. Son of Chris, IF 1991-92.
Top achievement: He had two hits in 25 Major League at-bats.
Jordan Danks, OF, University of Texas, seventh round by the Chicago White Sox. Brother of John, LHP, 2007-present.
Top achievement: He was the ninth overall selection in the 2003 Draft. He has 10 victories through 38 Major League starts.
Andrew Darwin, OF, San Jacinto (Calif.) High, 34th round by the Dodgers. Grandson of Bobby, OF 1962-1977.
Top achievement: He hit 25 homers and drove in 94 runs for Minnesota in 1974.
Zachary Dascenzo, C, Laurel Highlands (Pa.) High, 41st round by San Diego. Son of Doug, current manager at Fort Wayne, San Diego's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.
Top achievement: He was an outfielder from 1988-96, posting a career .234 batting average.
Ike Davis, 1B, Arizona State, first round by the New York Mets. Son of Ron, RHP, 1978-88.
Top achievement: Won 47 games during an 11-year career, including a career-best 14 with the Yankees in 1979.
Jose Duran, SS, Texas A&M, sixth round by the Brewers. Brother of German, infielder, 2008.
Top achievement: Was a sixth-round selection by the Rangers in 2005. Was an All-Star in the Northwest and Texas Leagues and made his Major League debut this year, hitting a homer and driving in four in 57 at-bats.
Cutter Dykstra, OF, Westlake [CA] High, second round by the Brewers. Son of Lenny, OF, 1985-96.
Top achievement: He won a World Series with the Mets in 1986, finished second in the NL MVP voting in 1993 with Philadelphia. Had 1,298 career hits.
Kevin Eichhorn, RHP, Aptos [Calif.] High, third round by the D-backs. Son of Mark, RHP, 1982-96.
Top achievement: Won 48 games and had 32 saves, including a career-best 13 in 1990 with the Angels.
Jeremy Farrell, 3B, University of Virginia, eighth round by the Pirates. Son of John, pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox. Was formerly Cleveland's director of player development.
Correy Figueroa, IF, St. Petersburg JC, 41st round by the Giants. Son of Bien, the manager of San Francisco's Double-A Eastern League.
Andrew Garcia, 2B, UC-Riverside, 21st round by the Nationals. Grandson of Dave, manager, 1977-82.
Top achievement: Won 307 games as the manager of the Angels and Indians, leading California to a second-place finish in 1978. He's currently a scout for the Cubs.
Devaris Strange-Gordon, SS, Seminole CC, fourth round by the Dodgers. Son of Tom, RHP 1988-present.
Top achievement: 157 career saves, including 46 with the Red Sox in 1998. He has 137 career victories, including a career-best 17 in 1989 with the Royals.
Scott Gorgen, RHP, UC-Irvine, fourth round by the Cardinals. Brother of Matthew, who was chosen by Tampa Bay in the 16th round out of UC-Berkley.
Luke Greinke, RHP, Auburn, 12th round by the Yankees. Brother of Zack, RHP, 2004-present.
Top achievement: Sixth overall selection in the 2002 Draft. Has 26 career victories.
Chad Gross, OF, Cuesta College (Calif.), 28th round by the Yankees. Son of Kevin, RHP 1983-97.
Top achievement: He won 142 games, including 15 with the Phillies in 1985. He was also a National League All-Star in 1988.
Aaron Hicks, OF, Wilson [CA] High, first round by the Twins. Son of Joe, outfielder.
Top achievement: Was a 12th-round selection by the Padres in 1975. Never reached the Major Leagues.
Joseph Housey, RHP, Nova (Fla.) HS, 31st round by the Reds. Son of Joe, scout for the Cubs.
Jeff Hulet, SS, Okaloosa Walton Community College, 12th round by the Astros. Son of Tim, infielder, 1983-95.
Top achievement: Hit 48 homers including a career-best 17 with the White Sox in 1986.
Kyle Hurst, RHP, South Mountain (Ari.) CC, 36th round by the Angels. Son of Bruce, LHP 1980-94.
Top achievement: He won 145 games during his career, including 18 in 1988. He reached double figures in victories 10 times.
Cory Kiefer, RHP, Valley View (Calif.) High, 43rd round by the Royals. Son of Steve, IF 1984-89.
Top achievement: He was the 16th pick in the 1981 Draft. He had seven career homers in 229 at-bats.
Casey Kelly, SS, Sarasota High, first round by the Red Sox. Son of Pat, catcher, 1980.
Top achievement: Had two hits in seven at-bats for the Blue Jays in 1980.
Roger Kieschnick, OF, Texas Tech, third round by the Giants. Cousin of Brooks, OF/RHP, 1996-2004.
Top achievement: Hit 16 career homers, including seven in 2003 with Milwaukee.
Mike Konstanty, 1B, University of Albany, 39th round by the Reds. Grandson of Jim, 1944-56.
Top achievement: Won the 1950 NL MVP with Philadelphia. He had career highs in wins (16) and saves (22) that year.
James Kottaras, 2B, Miliken High, 45th round by the Brewers. Brother of George, currently playing for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Top achievement: He has 53 homers in six Minor League seasons.
Jacob Kuebler, RHP, Lincoln SE (Neb.) High, 17th round by the Royals. Cousin of Alex Gordon, 3B, 2007-present.
Top achievement: He has 20 career homers and was the second overall pick in the 2005 Draft.
Stephen Lombardozzi, SS, St. Petersburg JC, 19th round by the Nationals. Son of Steve, infielder, 1985-90.
Top achievement: He had 20 homers and 107 RBIs in six seasons.
Kyle Long, LHP, St. Anne's Belfield (Va.), 23rd round by the White Sox. Son of Howie, NFL Hall of Famer.
Top achievement: He played 13 seasons in the NFL and was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He won a Super Bowl with the Raiders in 1984.
Ryan Mantle, OF, Missouri State, 19th round by the Giants. Third cousin of Mickey, OF/1B 1951-68.
Top achievement: He's a Hall-of-Famer who hit 536 career homers. He won three AL MVP Awards, including 1956, the year he won the Triple Crown. He was a 20-time All-Star that who hit 18 World Series homers.
James McGraw, OF Corban (Ore.) College, 40th round by the Rangers. Son of Gary, a Texas scout.
Brett Mooneyham, LHP, Buhach Colony (CA) High, 15th round by the Padres. Son of Bill, RHP 1986.
Top achievement: He was the 10th pick in the 1980 Draft and won four games for the A's in 1986.
Jesse Orosco, RHP, Grossmont College, 38th round by the D-backs. Son of Jesse, LHP pitcher 1979-2003.
Top achievement: He is the all-time pitching-appearance leader with 1,252. He has 87 career wins and 144 career saves.
Travis Otto, 1B, Wheaton North (Ill.) High, 49th round by the White Sox. Son of Dave, LHP 1987-94.
Top achievement: He had five victories for Cleveland in 1992.
Patrick Palmeiro, 3B, Heritage (TX) High, 22nd round by the Pirates. Son of Rafael, IF/OF/DH, 1986-2005.
Top achievement: He was a four-time All-Star, a five-time batting champion. He had 569 career homers and 3,020 career hits.
Tyler Pastornicky, SS, The Pendleton School (Fla.), fifth round by the Blue Jays. Son of Cliff, 3B, 1983.
Top achievement: He had two home runs and five RBIs in 32 at-bats with the Royals in 1983.
Ben Petralli, C, Oral Roberts University, 33rd round by Texas. Son of Geno, utility player 1982-93.
Top achievement: Had 24 career homers and hit .304 for Texas in 1989.
Kemer Quirk, OF, Rockhurst (Mo.) High, 40th round by the Rockies. Son of Jamie, utility player 1975-92.
Top achievement: Current bench coach for Colorado. He was the 18th pick in the 1972 Draft and had 544 career hits.
Matthew Reed, LHP, West Stanly (NS) High, 44th round by the Dodgers. Son of Marty, the Dodgers Minor League pitching coordinator.
Joseph Rigoli, 1B, Pace University, 21st round by the Cardinals. Son of Joe, St. Louis scout.
Charlie Roberston, RHP, Bella Vista (Calif.) High, 29th round by the Rangers. Son of Jay, special assistant with Texas; brother of Tyler, Minnesota Minor Leaguer.
Matthew Robertson, RHP, Barton CC, 49th round by Detroit. Brother of Nate, LHP, 2002-present.
Top achievement: He won a career-best 13 games in 2006.
Jason Roenicke, RHP, UC-Santa Barbara, 19th round by the Blue Jays. Son of Gary, OF, 1976-88.
Top achievement: He was the eighth pick in the 1973 Draft. He hit 121 homers in his career, including a high of 25 in 1979. Drove in 74 runs in 1982 and had two hits in the 1979 World Series.
Eric Roof, C, Michigan State, 46th round by the Tigers. Son of Gene, OF 1981-83; nephew of Phil, C 1961-77.
Top achievement: Phil had 463 career hits while Gene had 24 career hits.
Daniel Schlereth, LHP, University of Arizona, first round by the D-backs. Son of Mark, former NFL player and ESPN analyst.
Top achievement: Played 12 seasons in the NFL, winning three Super Bowls.
Ryan Scott, C, Chaparral (Ari.) High, 32nd round by the Blue Jays. Son of Dick, Toronto's farm director.
Rod Scurry, RHP, University of Nevada-Reno, 31st round by the Rockies. Son of Rod, LHP 1980-88.
Top achievement: He was the 11th pick in the 1974 Draft. He won 19 games and had 34 saves during his career.
Jaron Shepherd, OF, Navarro College (Texas), 17th round by Pirates. Son of Ron, OF 1984-86.
Top achievement: He hit two homers in 1986 for the Blue Jays.
Logan Thompson, SS, Jupiter (Fla.) Community High, 42nd round by the Indians. Son of Robbie, 2B 1986-96, brother of Tyler, San Francisco's 42nd round pick.
Robbie's top achievement: He had 1,187 career hits and was a two-time All-Star. He's currently a special assistant with Cleveland.
Tyler Thompson, OF, Jupiter (Fla.) Community High, 42nd round by the Giants. Son of Robbie, 2B 1986-96, brother of Logan, Cleveland's 42nd-round pick.
Robbie's top achievement: He had 1,187 career hits and was a two-time All-Star. He's currently a special assistant with Cleveland.
Tyler Tostenson, OF, Oak Ridge (Calif.) High, 34th round by the Mariners. Son of Ron, a scout with Seattle.
James Tunnel, OF, 43rd round by the Padres. Son of Lee, RHP 1982-89.
Top achievement: He won 11 games with Pittsburgh in 1983.
Jemile Weeks, 2B, University of Miami, first round by the A's. Brother of Rickie, infielder, 2003-present.
Top achievement: He hit 16 homers in 2007 and hit .279 in 2006 after the Brewers made him the second overall pick in 2003.
Riley Welch, RHP, Desert Mountain (Ari.) High, 34th round by the A's. Son of Bob, RHP 1978-94.
Top achievement: He won 211 games in his career, including 27 in 1990. He had seven postseason victories and won the 1990 AL Cy Young Award.
Jerico Weitzel, 2b Ridgeway (PA) High, 27th round by the Twins. Son of Jay, scout for Minnesota.
Kenny Williams, OF, Wichita State, sixth round by the White Sox. Son of Ken, general manager of the White Sox.
Top achievement: Building the team that won the 2005 World Series. A former outfielder with the White Sox (1986-88), Detroit (1989-90), Toronto (1990-91) and Montreal (1991), Williams appeared in 451 career Major League games. He was a lifetime .218 hitter (252-1,157) with 27 home runs and 119 RBIs.
Taylor Wrenn, 2B, Lakeland (Fla.) High, 33rd round by the Reds. Son of Luke, Cincinnati scout.
Austin Yount, 3B, Stanford, 12th round by the Dodgers. Nephew of Robin, IF/OF, 1974-1993.
Top achievement: Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. Had 3,142 career hits and was a two-time American League MVP.
Kevin Czerwinski is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.