MLB Draft 2017: Second-generation players and fun names to know

The 2017 MLB Draft is in the books. The Minnesota Twins kicked things off by surprising everyone by taking high school shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick Monday, and the Chicago Cubs ended things by snagging pitcher Jeffrey Passantino with the 1,215 pick two days later.

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In between, literally a thousand players were selected. Unless you’re an extreme, die-hard fan, you probably didn’t keep track of most of them. You probably stopped paying attention to your favorite team’s picks by the seventh round.

That’s OK, because The Stew is here to help. Below, we’ve compiled some of the significant players taken during the draft. This list isn’t the best guys, however. It focuses more on players with famous relatives and enjoyable names we thought you should know.

Our list is far from definitive, and is mainly meant to serve as a cliff notes version on some players with interesting backgrounds and names that might make you laugh. Enjoy!

WHITE SOX 1ST ROUND PICK: MISSOURI STATE THIRD BASEMAN JAKE BURGER
AND BRAVES 4TH ROUND PICK: SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PITCHER TROY BACON
Our only regret is that these two didn’t go to the same team. The White Sox used their first round pick on slugging third baseman Jake Burger. The Braves snagged flame-throwing pitcher Troy Bacon in the fourth round. While we were robbed of the fantastic Bacon/Burger combination, a player named Seth Beer is already near the top of draft boards for next year. (Chris Cwik)

Joe Dunand (left) looks like his uncle A-Rod while making the tag at third base. (AP Photo)

MARLINS 2ND ROUND PICK: NC STATE SHORTSTOP JOE DUNAND
If you look at Joe Dunand play baseball, you might be able to tell who his famous uncle is. He looks a good deal like him. It’s A-Rod. Like A-Rod, Dunard plays on the left side of the infield. The Miami Marlins, his hometown team, nabbed Dunard in the second round out of NC State. Good thing Derek Jeter isn’t the owner in Miami yet, huh? (Mike Oz)

GIANTS 2ND ROUND PICK: CHAPARRAL HS THIRD BASEMAN JACOB GONZALEZ
The son of D-Backs World Series hero Luis Gonzalez was snagged by a division rival. Jacob Gonzalez went to the Giants in the second round. Jacob might be an infielder, but he still possesses some strong power skills like his dad. (Cwik)

REDS 4TH ROUND PICK: THE FIRST ACADEMY SHORTSTOP CASH CASE
As much as we love Janson Junk, the best name in this year’s MLB draft belongs to Cash Case, a high-school shortstop drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. Case was taken in the fourth round, which is admiral, but his case of cash would be bigger had he been drafted a couple round higher. (Oz)

Kacy Clemens, left, with dad Roger Clemens and brother Kody in 2005. (AP)

BLUE JAYS 8TH ROUND PICK: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN FIRST BASEMAN KACY CLEMENS
As you might know, legendary pitcher Roger Clemens has four sons whose names start with K. It’s the third one, Kacy, a first baseman from the University of Texas, who was drafted in the eighth round by one of his dad’s old teams, the Toronto Blue Jays. (Oz)

PADRES 15TH ROUND PICK: HAMILTON HS PITCHER COLE BELLINGER
The last name should sound awfully familiar. Cole Bellinger is the son of former Yankee Clay Bellinger, and brother to Dodgers rookie Cody. Cole, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round Wednesday, has faced his brother one time. Cody singled on the first pitch he saw from Cole in a high school alumni game. Now that they are in the same division, Cole may have a chance at revenge in a few years. (Cwik)

NATIONALS 20TH ROUND PICK: PENNSYLVANIA PITCHER JAKE COUSINS
Jake Cousins is the cousin of Kirk Cousins, which is a really fun sentence to write. Like his famous football-playing cousin, Cousins is also headed to a D.C. pro sports team. Jake Cousins, a pitcher of Penn, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 20th round. (Oz)

YANKEES 22ND ROUND PICK: UNIVERSITY OF SEATTLE PITCHER JANSON JUNK
As one Twitter follower alluded to: It’s too bad the Yankees don’t put their names on the back of their uniforms, because the uniform of Janson Junk would be one to behold. Junk is a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Seattle. The Yankees spent a 22nd round pick on Junk. (Oz)

BRAVES 25TH ROUND PICK: SHAWNEE HS CATCHER JAKE TAYLOR
We’d like to hope that when catcher Jake Taylor got the call that he’d been drafted by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday that he was hung over in a Mexican hotel room. Alas, the Taylor who was drafted by the Braves is a high-school kid out of Shawnee, Okla., not the fictitious Indians catcher from “Major League.” So it’s probably best that he’s not hungover in Mexico. Taylor was drafted in the 25th round. (Oz)

Darren Baker, the kid in this photo, was drafted by the Nationals. (AP Photo)

NATIONALS 27TH ROUND PICK: JESUIT HS OUTFIELDER DARREN BAKER
Remember Dusty Baker’s three-year-old son who was saved from a home plate collision by J.T. Snow during the 2002 World Series? Wasn’t his name also Darren Baker? Wait a minute, you’re telling us this is the same kid? Yeah, the Nationals drafted Baker’s son Darren in the 27th round Wednesday. Don’t you feel old now? (Cwik)

RED SOX 36TH ROUND PICK: UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA PITCHER RIO GOMEZ
Rio Gomez isn’t the type of second-generation baseball name that you’re used to seeing. But if you’re a baseball fan, you certainly know his dad’s name. Rio is the son of Pedro Gomez, the longtime baseball reporter for ESPN. He’s a left-handed pitcher from the University of Arizona that the Boston Red Sox took in the 36th round. (Oz)

ANGELS 37TH ROUND PICK: BLESSED TRINITY HS PITCHER PEYTON GLAVINE
Tom Glavine never pitched for a West Coast team during his career, but his son might. With their 37th round pick, the Angels selected high school pitcher Peyton Glavine. It’s not really a surprise that a different team sprung for Peyton, though. When you see a left-handed pitcher named Glavine, that tends to catch the eye. (Cwik)

NATIONALS 38TH ROUND PICK: TORREY PINES HS SHORTSTOP JAKE BOONE
By our count, Jake Boone makes the famed Boone family the first four-generation MLB family in history. Jake, who is Bret Boone’s son and Bob’s grandson, was drafted in the 38th round by the Washington Nationals. He’s also committed to Princeton, so he’s likely to head there. (Oz)

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