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Nats take Cal Ripken’s son Ryan in 15th round

Jun 7, 2014, 2:11 PM EST

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With their 15th round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Nationals selected a prospect with a familiar name.

Indian River State College (Fla.) first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., was taken by Washington with the 454th overall pick. The 6-foot-6 left-handed hitter batted .321 in 42 games last season.

Ripken was picked in the 20th round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 draft before accepting a scholarship to play at the University of South Carolina. Ripken redshirted his freshman season as he struggled to earn playing time on one of the best collegiate teams in the country. He then transferred to Indian River State after his freshman year.

Ripken’s father, Cal, last played in the major leagues in 2001 after 21 years with the Baltimore Orioles. Ryan was often seen with Cal around Camden Yards in the later years of his father’s career.

Ryan went to Gilman High School in Baltimore. There he starred on both the baseball and basketball teams.

The Nationals were linked to Cal Ripken during this past offseason as a potential candidate in their managerial search before hiring Matt Williams.

  1. unkyd59 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Welcome, Ryan!

  2. knoxvillenat - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    He’s ready, call him up!!

  3. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Also drafted Lombo’s clone.

    Davidson, Austin Pepperdine University (CA) 3B L/R JR

    6’0″ 180lbs DOB: 01/03/93 |
    Davidson is the type of high-energy, versatile player that fans always love. At the plate, Davidson has a contact-oriented swing and can spray line drives from foul pole to foul pole. He has decent bat speed but will never have more than gap power due to his swing plane and frame. Defensively, he has played second base, shortstop and third base and is at least adequate at all three positions with a solid arm, good hands and quick reactions. Even if he never becomes a great hitter, Davidson could make it to the highest level due to his versatility and great feel for the game.

    • David Proctor - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      If he can play SS, he’s better than Lombo.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        If he can make a throw from shortstop he’s leap and bounds ahead of Lombo.

      • natszee - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:49 PM


  4. scnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Allright I know it’s the 19th round but how do we draft a guy hitting 179? Bet there is an interesting story there.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    “Ripken was picked in the 20th round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 draft before accepting a scholarship to play at the University of South Carolina.”

    That will sting the B’more fanbase just a little more if Ryan Ripken in fact signs with the Nats.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Even more than the Baltimore fanbase, the Ripkin family name is a plus throughout the mid-Atlantic. A good move, even if Ryan Ripkin never advances beyond AA or so. And if he eventually makes it to the majors, so much the better. You have to wonder if the O’s weren’t planning to draft him again, albeit in a later round.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Eugene, well said and that would be my guess that the Os were going to do just that.

  6. Sonny G 10 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Oh, boy. Ryan has the genes. Hope he becomes as good as his father.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      No pressure there

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Heck, he should be thrilled to wind up as good as his uncle.

      • Sonny G 10 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:07 AM

        Haha, I think you are probably right.

  7. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Besides, they like collecting Ryans.

  8. chaz11963 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Interesting… I wonder if there was any intentions to take a poke at the Os with this move?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Check out Lenny Dykstra’s oldest, middle and youngest sons. One of them may make it.

      Cal only has one son and I have seen him play unofficially several times and can tell you if he didn’t have the Ripken name I wouldnt have looked twice. Plenty of big kids stuck in in the Minors. Ask Larry Broadway. The fact Rip left the South Carolina program is somewhat telling but no matter what happens I like him as a Nat.

  9. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    97 year old guy at Cubs game sang a heck of a lot better than most of them. Right in tune except fo the last note. Shortstop was on the 1938 team, 1945 team. Some memories.

  10. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Wow, Yasiel Puig & Dee Gordon both with hip problems out of the game. Injury bug is biting.





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