Nationals Select Ryan Ripken, son of Cal Ripken, Jr. in MLB Draft

It’s been no secret that there is a blooming relationship between the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. On Saturday, the bond grew even stronger when the Nationals selected his son, Ryan, in the 15th round (454th overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft.

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In 2012, Ryan was drafted in the 20th round by the Baltimore Orioles, the team his father played 21 seasons for (1981-2001). However, he chose to pursue an opportunity at the University of South Carolina but redshirted and transferred to Indian River State College.

The the 6-foot-6, 230-pound first baseman hit .321 with one home run, 24 RBI and 18 runs in 42 games during the 2014 season, according to

Cal, who was in informal discussions to become the Nationals manager this offseason, told What’s Up? Magazine Thursday that his son is keeping an open mind in regards to the draft process.

“We’re looking at [the draft] with curiosity but he has a wonderful college option. If the right option presents itself in the draft he might make that choice as well. From where I sit, both of his options are really good.”

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