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Managers’ sons prominent in baseball draft

June 13, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mickey Mantle’s great nephew and the sons of major league managers Felipe Alou, Bruce Bochy, Buddy Bell, Bob Boone and Bobby Valentine were among the players selected in baseball’s amateur draft.

Shortstop Jason Shuck, Mantle’s great nephew, was picked by the New York Mets. Anaheim took right fielder Felipe Alou Jr., San Diego took right-hander Greg Bochy, Los Angeles took left-hander Rick Bell, Detroit picked third baseman Matt Boone and the Mets took second baseman Anthony Valentine.

Boston drafted right-hander Jason Fingers, the son of Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers.

Center fielder Russ Chambliss, the son of New York Yankees coach Chris Chambliss, was taken by the Yankees.

Chad Durham, a second baseman and outfielder who is the brother of White Sox infielder Ray Durham, was selected by Chicago.

Third baseman Jeff Nettles, the son of former Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles, was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shortstop Lance Niekro, the son of Joe and the nephew of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Justin Singleton, a shortstop whose father is former major leaguer Ken Singleton, was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Seattle drafted first baseman Mattson Woodward, the son of Mariners general manager Woody Woodward.

Of the 1,607 players selected in 92 rounds on June 3-4, 750 were from high schools, 516 from colleges, 327 from junior colleges and 14 weren’t in school.

California had 330 picks, Florida 215, Texas 139, Georgia 51 and Illinois and Washington 43 each.

There were 561 right-handed pitchers, 364 infielders, 289 outfielders, 230 left-handed pitchers and 163 catchers.

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