Cy Sneed leads latest draftees with MLB family ties

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Right-hander Cy Sneed led the 2014 draftees from the third round onward who have ancestors or brothers who played or are playing in the MLB.

The brother of Royals pitching prospect Zeb Sneed, Cy was taken in round three and 85th overall on Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers.

The right-handed pitcher out of Dallas Baptist University was drafted before as a high schooler by the Texas Rangers back in 2011 in the 35th round. He instead went to college, where he has posted ERAs of 4.45, 4.84 and 3.55. His fastball comes in around 92-94 MPH along with a curveball.

Later in the round, Jake Cosart, younger brother of Houston Astros starter Jarred Cosart, was drafted 103rd overall by the Boston Red Sox

Two rounds later, the Detroit Tigers selected catcher Shane Zeile with the 160th overall pick. Zeile is the nephew of former big leaguer Todd Zeile, who spent 16 seasons in the Majors from 1989-2004.

Brandon Leibrandt, son of former Major League pitcher Charlie Leibrandt, was selected in the sixth round and 172nd overall by the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the seventh round, the Atlanta Braves drafted Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra, with the 223rd overall pick.

Jay Muhammad, brother of current Minor League pitcher El’Hajj Muhammad, was selected in the 11th round and 321st overall by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Then the Philadelphia Phillies selected shortstop Drew Stankiewicz, the son of former Major Leaguer Andy Stankiewicz, in the 11th round.

In the 14th round, the Arizona Diamondbacks took first baseman Kevin Cron, son of former big leaguer and current D-backs Minor League hitting coordinator Chris Cron and the brother of Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron.

The Washington Nationals selected Ryan Ripken, son of former Oriole and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., in the 15th round.

A batch of familiar names were also taken in the first two rounds on Thursday.

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