Last year in the 2013 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected Andy Pettitte's son, Josh Pettitte in the 37th round. This year, they were at it again in selecting the son of a Yankees legend and retired pitcher.
On Saturday afternoon, the Yankees took Mariano Rivera, Jr. in the 29th round; the 872nd overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Rivera, Jr. is a right-handed pitcher from Iona. Rivera, Jr. of course is the son of recently retired Yankees closer and future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, who is considered the greatest closer in baseball history.
A starter at college, Rivera still needs to fine tune his game as he pitched to a 2-6 record and a 5.40 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 26 walks in 70 innings pitched this season.
Sounds a bit familiar? It should, especially since his father was a failed starter in the major leagues with the Yankees in 1995 during his rookie season before former Yankees manager Buck Showalter converted Rivera from a starter into a reliever and never looked back as he eventually took the reigns as the closer from John Wetteland in 1997 and the rest was history.
One thing that Rivera might need to do is bulk up to his frame as he is currently 5'11" and only 155 pounds, so a weight program might be in order if he does join the Yankees system.
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