Orioles draft Cal Ripken’s son Ryan

Ryan Ripken’s dad at a clinic in Japan. (TORU YAMANAKA / AFP / Getty Images)

With a last name like Ripken, why wouldn’t they?

The Orioles chose Ryan Ripken, a Gilman High School player and the son of their Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. This season, Ryan Ripken hit .377 with 25 RBI and 20 runs scored; he was 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA as a pitcher.

He intends to play for South Carolina, the two-time defending collegiate champion, and, as the 612th pick, there’s a chance he’ll never play for the Orioles.

Still, it makes for a nice story, given that he’s the nephew of another former Oriole, Billy Ripken, and the grandson of a former Orioles manager, Cal Ripken Sr.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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