Sons of former MLB players highlight Day 2 of draft |

Sons of former MLB players highlight Day 2 of draft

Associated Press
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announces Adley Rutschman, a catcher from Oregon State University, as the No. 1 selection by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, Monday, June 3, 2019, in Secaucus, N.J.

NEW YORK — Grant McCray will get a chance to leave his mark on professional baseball, but he’ll have a tough time making one as dramatic as his famous father.

The Florida high school outfielder, drafted in the third round by San Francisco on Tuesday, is the son of former big league outfielder Rodney McCray.

Does the name ring a bell?

Well, the elder McCray became a staple of highlight and blooper reels everywhere — long before viral videos were even a thing — when he crashed through the right-field wall while trying to make a catch during a minor league game in 1991.

Yep, that guy.

Rodney McCray was playing right field for the Triple-A Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League on May 27, 1991, when Portland’s Chip Hale hit a long fly ball. McCray tracked it down and made the catch, but ran right through the plywood fence at Civic Stadium — and dropped the ball.

McCray, who wasn’t seriously hurt, became a bit of a celebrity as the video of “The Crash” made its way onto TV sports broadcasts around the country. He played in 67 major league games with the White Sox and Mets, going 3 for 14 while stealing nine bases in 10 attempts.

The younger McCray, the No. 87 overall pick, hit .477 with 35 RBIs and 30 runs scored in 28 games for Lakewood Ranch High School.

He wasn’t the only player with famous bloodlines to be selected on the second day of the MLB Draft.

California high school shortstop Glenallen Hill Jr., son of former slugger Glenallen Hill, was taken in the fourth round by Arizona.

Florida high school shortstop Christian Cairo, son of former infielder Miguel Cairo, was also a fourth-rounder.

Brock Bell, a right-hander from State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and the son of former All-Star shortstop Jay Bell, was Boston’s seventh-round selection.

The Red Sox took one of college baseball’s best pitchers in the fourth round, drafting Navy right-hander Noah Song. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Song is the highest-drafted player in the school’s history after going 11-1 with a 1.44 ERA while being selected a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur player.

He might have been taken even higher, but Song has a required two-year military service obligation before he can begin his professional baseball career.

Baltimore led off the second day of the draft by taking LSU outfielder Zach Watson with the first pick of the third round at No. 79 overall.

The Orioles, who drafted Oregon State switch-hitting catcher Adley Rutschman at No. 1 overall Monday night, got another of college baseball’s top offensive players in the fourth round. New Mexico State shortstop Joey Ortiz was the 108th overall pick — highest in school history — after leading Division I players in hits (106) and runs scored (85) while also being ranked among the national leaders in batting average (.422) and RBIs (84).

Florida high school righty Matthew Allan was considered a possible first-rounder, but slid to the third round before the Mets took him 89th overall. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Allan impressed scouts with his mid- to upper-90s fastball and command of three excellent pitches, but teams were wary of signability issues since he has a strong commitment to play at Florida.

The three-day draft concludes Wednesday with rounds 11-40 held via conference calls with the big league teams.

Categories: Sports | MLB
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.