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Nationals draft Ryan Ripken, Cal Ripken’s son

Ryan Ripken (The Baltimore Sun) Ryan Ripken. (Baltimore Sun)

The Nationals used their 15th-round pick in the MLB draft to select a first baseman from Indian River State College, a choice that would have produced no ripples if not for the left-handed hitter’s relationship to the most beloved player in mid-Atlantic history.

The Nationals drafted Ryan Ripken, the son of Baltimore icon Cal Ripken, with the 454th overall pick. They had been connected to Ryan Ripken prior to the draft, and the Nationals ended up taking the 6-foot-6, 230-pound slugger. Ripken had transferred to Indian River State from South Carolina before this season.

The pick strengthened the burgeoning relationship between the Nationals and Ripken. Last year, Ripken sat with General Manager Mike Rizzo during a game. Ripken has had past conversations with Mark Lerner, and he said he respects Nationals ownership. The Nationals never interviewed Ripken for their managerial opening, but they considered it, and Jayson Werth stumped for him.

The Lerner family and Orioles owner Peter Angelos have an acrimonious relationship, stemming the open-ended dispute over their MASN contract. If the Orioles feel aggrieved by their regional rival nabbing Ripken’s son, the Nationals probably wouldn’t shed any tears.

The draft was completed Saturday, and below are all of the Nationals’ picks.

1 18 Fedde, Erick UNLV (NV) RHP R/R JR 6’4″ 180lbs DOB: 02/25/93
2 57 Suarez, Andrew Miami (FL) LHP L/L JR 6’2″ 205lbs DOB: 09/11/92
3 93 Reetz, Jakson Norris HS (NE) C R/R HS 6’1″ 195lbs DOB: 01/03/96
4 124 Dickey, Robbie Blinn College (TX) RHP R/R J2 6’3″ 205lbs DOB: 04/06/94
5 154 Van Orden, Drew Duke (NC) RHP R/R SR 6’4″ 200lbs DOB: 01/19/92
6 184 Williams, Austen Texas State (TX) RHP R/R JR 6’3″ 220lbs DOB: 12/19/92
7 214 Carey, D.K. Miami (FL) CF R/R SR 6’2″ 191lbs DOB: 11/14/91
8 244 Gardner, Jeff Louisville (KY) LF L/R SR 6’2″ 220lbs DOB: 01/21/92
9 274 Byler, Austin Nevada (NV) 1B L/R JR 6’3″ 225lbs DOB: 10/15/92
10 304 Page, Matthew Oklahoma Baptist University (OK) RF L/L SR 6’3″ 210lbs DOB: 10/22/91
11 334 Davis, Weston Manatee HS (FL) RHP R/R HS 6’3″ 185lbs DOB: 07/06/96
12 364 Mancini, Domenick Miami Dade CC South (FL) RHP R/R J2 6’3″ 190lbs DOB: 09/28/93
13 394 Davidson, Austin Pepperdine University (CA) 3B L/R JR 6’0″ 180lbs DOB: 01/03/93
14 424 Bourque, James Michigan (MI) RHP R/R JR 6’4″ 195lbs DOB: 07/09/93
15 454 Ripken, Ryan Indian River State (FL) 1B L/L SO 6’6″ 205lbs DOB: 07/26/93
16 484 Plouck, Cole Pima CC (AZ) LHP L/L J2 6’2″ 175lbs DOB: 04/25/94
17 514 Keller, Alec Princeton U (NJ) CF L/R SR 6’2″ 200lbs DOB: 05/13/92
18 544 Mills, McKenzie Sprayberry Senior HS (GA) LHP L/L HS 6’4″ 205lbs DOB: 11/19/95
19 574 Williamson, Clay Cal State – Fullerton (CA) RF L/R JR 6’1″ 205lbs DOB: 06/01/93
20 604 Langlois, Brian Pepperdine U (CA) RF R/R JR 6’1″ 200lbs DOB: 10/30/91
21 634 Bach, Connor Virginia Military Institute (VA) LHP L/L SR 6’4″ 195lbs DOB: 06/24/92
22 664 Salters, Daniel Dallas Baptist (TX) C L/R SO 6’3″ 210lbs DOB: 02/05/93
23 694 Riopedre, Chris East Tennessee St U (TN) SS R/R JR 5’9″ 175lbs DOB: 04/16/93
24 724 Simmons, Kyle Texas Lutheran U (TX) RHP R/R JR 6’6″ 205lbs DOB: 09/25/91
25 754 Bacak, Kyle Texas Christian U (TX) C R/R SR 5’9″ 175lbs DOB: 11/15/91
26 784 McDowell, Chase Rice (TX) RHP L/R 5S 6’2″ 195lbs DOB: 12/14/90
27 814 Keniry, Conor Wake Forest U (NC) SS L/R SR 6’1″ 195lbs DOB: 12/02/91
28 844 De La Cruz, Kida Volunteer State CC (TN) RHP R/R J2 6’5″ 240lbs DOB: 08/10/94
29 874 Jauss, DJ U Massachusetts Amherst (MA) RHP R/R 5S 6’2″ 200lbs DOB: 09/05/90
30 904 Mapes, Tyler Tulane U (LA) RHP R/R SR 6’2″ 210lbs DOB: 07/18/91
31 934 Johns, Samuel U Evansville (IN) RHP R/R 5S 6’3″ 210lbs DOB: 07/12/91
32 964 Cary, Elliott Clackamas HS (OR) CF L/L HS 6’3″ 175lbs DOB: 10/01/95
33 994 Casey, Clay DeSoto Central HS (MS) CF R/R HS 6’2″ 200lbs DOB: 05/14/95
34 1024 Skoug, Evan Libertyville HS (IL) C L/R HS 5’11” 195lbs DOB: 10/21/95
35 1054 Doyle, Tommy Flint Hill School (VA) RHP R/R HS 6’6″ 215lbs DOB: 05/01/96
36 1084 Styles, John Henry Episcopal HS (TX) LHP L/L HS 5’11” 185lbs DOB:07/25/95
37 1114 Brodey, Quinn Loyola HS (CA) LHP L/L HS 6’1″ 195lbs DOB: 12/01/95
38 1144 Fairchild, Stuart Seattle Prep (WA) RF R/R HS 6’0″ 195lbs DOB: 03/17/96
39 1174 Littell, Jon Stillwater HS (NY) OF R/R HS 6’4″ 190lbs DOB: 08/16/95
40 1204 Hill, Jacob Orange Coast College (CA) LHP L/L J2 6’2″ 210lbs DOB: 05/27/94


Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.



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