NEW YORK (AP) Trey Griffey, the son of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., has been selected in the Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners in the 24th round – fittingly, his father’s old team and jersey number.
It appears the pick Saturday on the draft’s final day is simply the Mariners paying homage to their former star. The younger Griffey is a wide receiver at the University of Arizona, but hasn’t played baseball competitively since before high school. He had 11 catches for 284 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown grab as a redshirt junior last season.
Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame next month, and the Mariners plan to retire his No. 24 this season.
Torii Hunter Jr., an athletic outfielder for Notre Dame, was taken in the 23rd round by the Los Angeles Angels – one of his father’s former teams.
Mike Olt will hope for better luck on the South Side, as the White Sox announced this afternoon that they have claimed the former top prospect off waivers from the Cubs. He’ll be added to the major league roster.
Olt was designated for assignment by the Cubs this week after the team acquired Austin Jackson from the Mariners. The 27-year-old appeared in seven games with the Cubs in April before going down with a hairline fracture in his right wrist. He has played exclusively in the minors since returning to full health, batting .265 with nine home runs and a .793 OPS over 59 games with Triple-A Iowa.
Olt owns .158/.245/.333 batting line over 314 plate appearances in the majors, so he’s running out of chances to make an impact, but he has landed in a pretty good situation. The White Sox could give him a look at third base down the stretch.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis tied and then surpassed Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz for the major league home run lead, blasting his 39th and 40th home runs in Friday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
The first blast was a solo shot in the second inning off of starter Drew Hutchison to open the scoring. Davis then went yard in the sixth off of Hutchison again with a man on base.
Davis has homered in each of his last three games, including two on Wednesday. Cruz hasn’t homered since August 26.