The San Diego Padres selected Dylan Hoffman, the son of Padres third base coach Glenn Hoffman, on the final day of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Dylan Hoffman is a right-handed pitcher from Waldorf College in Iowa. Scouting reports on the 24-year-old weren’t immediately available.
But he certainly comes with an excellent pedigree. Glenn Hoffman has been coaching third base for the Padres since 2006, and before that briefly managed the Los Angeles Dodgers and played for nine years as a shortstop.
Trevor Hoffman, of course, is one of the best-known players in Padres history. He was recently elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame and played all but two of his 18 seasons in San Diego—until the team allowed him to leave for the Milwaukee Brewers in one of the franchise’s most controversial decisions.
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Luckily, they rectified that in 2011 when the Padres hired him as a member of their front office, where he’s been ever since.
Dylan Hoffman was joined on San Diego’s draft board by a young shortstop named Cole Roberts, who is the son of former Padres coach and current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Cole Roberts was drafted out of Santa Fe Christian High School, with the caveat that the 18-year-old has already committed to play college baseball at Loyola Marymount.
Both draft picks clearly come from great families, and should be interesting to watch develop as fans see their talent and can’t help but compare them to their famous relatives.
However, while expectations will be high, there’s no reason that both players can’t shatter them. After all, a number of legendary athletes have come from baseball families. Remember Ken Griffey Jr.?
The Padres weren’t the only team to draft the son of a known name on Wednesday; that became kind of an unofficial theme to close out the draft, with Al Leiter and Doc Gooden also having their children selected by the Yankees and Mets respectively.
With other names like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and San Diego’s own Fernando Tatis Jr. making waves in the major leagues right now, second-generation players are certainly on the upswing in Major League Baseball.
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