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.
For the second time this season one of the Twins’ starting outfielders got hurt and when he was ready to come off the disabled list they instead demoted him to the minors.
The first time it was Opening Day left fielder Oswaldo Arcia, who remains at Triple-A two months later. And now it’s stud center field prospect Byron Buxton, whose much-hyped MLB debut in mid-June lasted just 11 games before he suffered a thumb injury.
Buxton played three minor-league rehab games at Triple-A, going 5-for-12 (.417) with one double, two walks, and one stolen base. That convinced the Twins we was healthy, but they didn’t want to activate him and didn’t want him to keep accumulating MLB service time on the DL. So now he’s simply at Triple-A.
Minnesota will stick with Aaron Hicks in center field and Torii Hunter and Eddie Rosario in the outfield corners, with Shane Robinson getting more playing time than he deserves as the fourth outielder. After a strong start to the season the Twins have the AL’s worst record since June 1 at 25-37.
Torii Hunter was quite descriptive in describing the Blue Jays’ offense after his Twins were dismantled in a four-game series sweep. The Twins scored 12 runs but allowed 26 runs to the Blue Jays, baseball’s best offense. Much of the offense was driven by eight Toronto home runs.
What was it like, according to Hunter? “The way they hit the ball is just unbelievable,” he said, per Sportsnet. “I mean, they hit the ball, sound like car crashes.”
The second half hasn’t been kind to Hunter’s Twins, as they headed into Friday’s action with a 5-14 record since the All-Star break. They lost 5.5 games in that span of time and sat 9.5 games behind the Royals, in second place in the AL Central with a 54-54 record.