After waiting nine years to reach the majors, Elian Herrera is making a strong case to stay.
All in the Family: The Dodgers First 2 Picks
Corey Seager, whose brother Kyle was drafted by the Mariners in 2009 and Jesmuel Valentin-Diaz, whose father Jose played 16 years in the majors, follow in the footsteps of recent Dodger draft picks.
Last year, the Dodgers selected infielder Alex Santana in the 2nd round. Alex' father, Rafael, was a major league infielder for 7 years. In the 4th, they selected Ryan O'Sullivan, whose brother Sean was originally drafted by the Angels.
They also joined the ranks of Dee Gordon, Scott Van Slyke, Brett and Tim Wallach, Devin Shines, Ivan De Jesus, James Baldwin III, Ralston Cash and Preston Mattingly, among others.
These bloodlines rarely lead to a consistent outcome, as some have reached the majors while others languished in the low minors. However, in the cases of Seager and Valentin, both players are lauded for their advanced approach at the plate and in the field.
So, while pedigree doesn't always guarantee success, the newest Dodger draft picks seem to share a beneficial criteria in gauging future success.
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