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Famous family ties for 2023 MLB Draft picks

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The son of 2004 NL All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner Jack Wilson, Jacob Wilson will look to follow in his father’s footsteps as a successful MLB shortstop after being drafted sixth overall by Oakland on Sunday. But Wilson was far from the only player taken with a famous relative.

Here’s a look at notable 2023 draftees with legacies in baseball or elsewhere, in order of when they were selected. (You can see our full pick-by-pick coverage of the Draft here). 

Player: Jacob Wilson, SS, Grand Canyon University (No. 10 prospect)
Drafted: No. 6 overall, Athletics
Relative: Jack Wilson (father, 12 MLB seasons)
Jacob is a shortstop — just like his dad. A 9th-round pick by the Cardinals in 1998, the elder Wilson played his first nine seasons with the Pirates and became known as a defensive wizard, earning his lone All-Star selection in 2004. He also spent time with the Mariners and Braves, playing in 1,370 games before retiring after the 2012 season. But Jacob, a California native, will be returning to his home state as part of the Oakland organization.

Player: George Lombard Jr., SS, Gulliver Prep School (Fla.) (No. 31 prospect)
Drafted: No. 26 overall, Yankees
Relative: George Lombard (father, 6 MLB seasons and current Tigers bench coach)
George Lombard Sr. played in parts of six MLB seasons from 1998-2006 with the Braves, Tigers, Rays and Nationals. The elder might be most known for his post-playing career, which has included stints as the Dodgers’ first base coach and now as the Tigers’ bench coach.

Player: Tai Peete, SS, Trinity Christian HS (Ga.) (No. 53 prospect)
Drafted: No. 30 overall, Mariners
Relative: Yuki Braxton (mother, first girl to participate in Little League Baseball European Region Championships)
Braxton played in the 1993 and the 1994 Little League European Region Championships for a team based in Vienna, Austria. She was one of two girls on the team and the first ever to participate in the tournament.

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