Ryan Ripken just released a statement through a family spokesman after being drafted by the Orioles in the 20th round this afternoon.
“I am excited and honored to have been drafted by the Orioles," he said. "As everyone knows, the Orioles are tied so closely to my family through my grandfather, uncle and my dad. They have been my team for as long as I can remember so that makes this moment that much more special. Right now I am enjoying the moment with my mom, dad and sister as I prepare to graduate from Gilman this weekend."
Larry Sheets, Ryan's baseball coach at Gilman and Cal Ripken Jr.'s former teammate with the Orioles, said the following in a text message:
"I think it's both exciting and rewarding that Ryan was drafted by the Orioles today. I'm sure that he will think about it and make the right decision as far as what he is going to do from this point on."
And Buck Showalter weighed in from Boston:
"First of all, this kid’s got a chance to be a good player," Showalter said. "His last name being Ripken is after the fact. He is an interesting prospect. Obviously, he’s had the right things taught and said to him and I’m sure he has a grip on reality on how professional baseball works, growing up in it.
"It’s the same thing with Steel [Russell] and [Steve] Tolleson and different guys like that. That’s one thing that makes them attractive. It all started with what we think [Ripken] can be. You can’t teach 6-foot-6 and left-handed. That happens naturally, good genes."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times