Washington Nationals Take Mariano Rivera’s Son, Mariano Rivera III, in Fourth Round of MLB Draft
The Washington Nationals selected a right-handed pitcher out of Iona College with their fourth round pick (134th overall) in the 2015 MLB Draft on Tuesday.
What’s the big deal? That right-handed pitcher’s name is Mariano Rivera III, he is the son of legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, and he’ll join several other sons of Hall of Famers in the Nationals’ system.
The #Nats have the sons of Tony Gwynn, Mariano Rivera (assuming he signs) and Cal Ripken, Jr. in their farm system.
— Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) June 9, 2015
However, drafting Rivera’s son was no publicity stunt. It may have been a publicity stunt when the Yankees drafted him last year in the 29th round. But after not signing with the Yankees, Mo Jr. (they call him Junior even though he’s actually Mo the Third) returned for his junior year at Iona and had a fantastic season. In 14 starts he had a 2.65 ERA with 113 strikeouts and only 27 walks. He also saw a spike in velocity, and scouts say he’s got great mechanics.
Mariano Rivera Jr. is no novelty. Really clean delivery. Fastball sat 93-95 and hit 97 late in year. Good breaking balls. Went to Nationals.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 9, 2015
— Kyle @ Driveline (@drivelinebases) June 9, 2015
Of course, the MLB Draft is nothing like the NFL Draft. We most likely won’t know if Rivera is cut out to be a big league pitcher for another three or four years. But he’s definitely got the genes for it.
Hat Tip – [Big League Stew]