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10 second-generation MLB Draft prospects

These guys will try to follow in the footsteps of their family members

The 2016 MLB Draft is just hours away. As is the case every year, several prospects have family ties with current and former Major League players. Although you won't find a lot of "legacies" at the very top of the draft, quite a few will pop up during the proceedings. Here's a look at 10 potential draftees whose names might sound familiar.

Bo Bichette

2B, Lakewood HS (Fla.)Father Dante Bichette was a four-time All-Star third baseman for the the Colorado Rockies. He played 14 years in the big leagues and finished his career with a .299 average and 274 home runs. Brother Dante Jr. is a Yankees prospect currently playing in AA. Bo is MLB.com's No. 90 draft prospect and could be taken Thursday night, but has also committed to Arizona State.

Cavan Biggio

2B, Notre Dame—The son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who recorded over 3,000 hits in a 20-year career with the Houston Astros. Cavan posted a .311/.473/.454 slash line in his junior season for the Irish, drawing an astounding 54 walks in the same number of games. His teammate, Torii Hunter Jr., is the son of longtime outfielder Torii Hunter, but the younger Hunter is more likely to play in the NFL, as he is also a Notre Dame wide receiver.

Brandon Bonilla

LHP, Hawaii Pacific—The son of five-time MLB All-Star Bobby Bonilla was drafted out of high school in 2011 and again in 2014, but didn't sign either time. Brandon finished his college career for the Sharks this spring, recording a program-record 12 saves and allowing just one earned run in 25.1 innings (0.36 ERA).

Kacy Clemens

1B/P, Texas—Clemens led the Longhorns with a .303 average and .418 on-base percentage in his junior season, and drilled five home runs after hitting just one in his first two years. Of course, his dad, Roger, is one of the most accomplished pitchers in MLB history and would currently be in the Hall of Fame if it weren't for PED allegations.

Jacob Heyward

OF, Miami—Jason's younger brother is the starting left fielder for a Hurricanes team that will host Boston College in the Corral Gables super regional starting Friday. Jacob, like Jason, has had a relatively sluggish 2016, hitting just .226/.389/.367 in his junior season, although his 44 walks are second on the team.

Preston Palmeiro

1B, NC State—The Wolfpack were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Monday, but Palmeiro was a big reason the team got so far. He hit .337 with 9 home runs, 55 RBI and a .951 OPS and was named Second Team All-ACC. He's the son of Rafael Palmeiro, who hit 569 homers and racked up over 3,000 hits in the Majors.

Zach Plesac

RHP, Ball State—The son of former Brewers lefty closer and current MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac is currently a junior at Ball State. He went 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in a season highlighted by a complete-game, two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts against Miami (OH).

Cal Quantrill

RHP, Stanford—Quantrill is one of the biggest question marks in the whole draft, having essentially missed two full college seasons to Tommy John surgery. However, MLB.com pegs him as the No. 22 prospect. Father Paul Quantrill pitched 14 seasons in the bigs and is perhaps unfairly remembered most for surrendering a walk-off homer to David Ortiz in Game Four of the 2004 ALCS.

JaVon Shelby

2B, Kentucky—The son of John Shelby, an 11-year Major League outfielder with the Orioles, Dodgers and Tigers. Also the cousin of Pirates infielder Josh Harrison. JaVon led the Wildcats with 12 home runs this season, although he hit just .212. He's MLB.com's No. 158 prospect, so there's an outside chance he hears his name called on the first night.

Bo Weiss

RHP, Regis Jesuit HS (Colo.)—Father Walt Weiss currently manages the Rockies and was also the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with the Oakland Athletics. The younger Weiss is committed to North Carolina, but with a fastball touching 94 miles per hour, he's drawn interest from pro scouts.


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