Jackson Holliday and Druw Jones become first MLB sons drafted in top two


LOS ANGELES — The sons of former major league All-Stars became the top two picks in Sunday’s draft — but not in the order many expected.

The Orioles drafted shortstop Jackson Holliday, the son of 15-year-old MLB outfielder Matt Holliday, with the No. 1 pick. He became just the second son of a former major leaguer to being drafted with the first pick – joining Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.

Outfielder Druw Jones, the son of 17-year-old MLB outfielder Andruw Jones, who had been considered by many pundits as the potential No. 1 pick, went on to go No. 2 to the Diamondbacks.

It was the first time the sons of former major leaguers were selected with the top two picks in the MLB draft. The two are set to receive more than $8 million in signing bonuses, according to The Post’s Jon Heyman.

High school outfielder Justin Crawford, the son of 15-year-old MLB outfielder Carl Crawford, went 17th overall for the Phillies.

Druw Jones, Jackson Holiday
AP, USA TODAY Sports

Holliday, 18, posted a .685/.749/1.392 slash line with 29 doubles, six triples, 17 homers, 74 runs, 79 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 40 games this spring as a senior at Stillwater. Oklahoma High School. His 89 hits broke the national high school single-season record, which was previously held by Phillies catcher JT Realmuto.

Holliday, who grew up around MLB clubs, was named Baseball America’s 2022 High School Player of the Year.

The Orioles front office had been tight-lipped about its plans in the days and weeks leading up to the draft. But Holliday now joins a rebuilding Baltimore organization that recently promoted former No. 1 pick Adley Rutschmann to the big leagues and still has two of the game’s top five prospects, according to MLB.com.

The 18-year-old Jones, meanwhile, is considered a five-tool player at Wesleyan High School in Georgia. Like his 10-time Gold Glover father, Jones is an outstanding defensive center.

New York Post

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