LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Jackson Holiday and Drew Jones, the sons of former major league stars Matt and Andrew, were picked by Baltimore and Arizona with the first two picks in baseball’s amateur draft on Sunday night.
Holiday, whose father was batting champion Matt Holiday, was first drafted by Baltimore over Jones, which was a surprise.
“Tough call,” said Orioles general manager Mike Elias. “I would compare it to deciding what to order at a five-star restaurant.”
Texas used a third pick to go for Kumar Rocker, a right-hander who failed to sign with the New York Mets after being drafted with the 10th overall pick last year. Rocker will reunite with his fellow Rangers minor league pitcher Jack Leiter at Vanderbilt in the team’s first college national championship in 2019. Texas drafted Leiter with the second pick last year.
Holliday, a left-handed shortstop from Stillwater High in Oklahoma, batted .685 with 89 hits in 41 games and broke the national record for hits in a high school season set by JT Realmuto.
His father was a seven-time All-Star and National League batting champion in 2007. Matt was selected by Colorado in the seventh round in 2007 with the 210th overall pick.
Jackson said he had planned to attend Oklahoma State, but is now likely to switch to professional baseball. The value assigned to the first pick is closer to nine million dollars.
Jones, 18, comes from Wesleyan High in Peachtree Corner, Georgia. He batted .570 with 13 home runs, 39 RBI and scored 72 runs; He walked 33 times and stole 32 bases this year. He went 10–1 as a pitcher, although he is expected to play outfield.
His father was a five-time All-Star and a 10-time Gold Glove winner. He was born in Curaçao and signed with Atlanta as an international free agent.