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Ryan Ripken, Baltimore Orioles

A pair of sons of longtime Major League Baseball players will get the opportunity to play in the city where their fathers gained their fame after the Baltimore Orioles drafted Ryan Ripken and the St. Louis Cardinals drafted Tate Matheny on Wednesday.

Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., went to the Orioles with the No. 612 pick overall in the 20th round. A standout at Gilman (Baltimore, Md.), Ripken is a 6-foot-6 first baseman. His father Cal was a second round draft pick (No. 48 overall) in 1978 and played 21 years for the Orioles, including an MLB record 2,632 consecutive games.

Ryan Ripken, who has committed to South Carolina, batted .377 with 25 RBI and 20 runs scored this season. He also had a 4-1 record on the mound with a 2.30 ERA.

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Tate Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals

Matheny, a 6-0 centerfielder from Westminster Christian (St. Louis, Mo.), is the son of current Cardinal manager Mike Matheny. Tate is a two-time all-area player by the St. Louis Dispatch and helped lead his team to a Division 3 state championship this year. He was taken in the 23rd round with the No. 720 overall pick. Matheny batted .610 this year with 51 RBI and 11 home runs. He has signed to play at Missouri State.

Mike Matheny was chosen in the 8th round, No. 208 overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1991. He played 13 years in the Major Leagues, including five with the Cardinals. He is in his first year as manager of the Cardinals, replacing longtime manager Tony La Russa.