Cal Ripken Jr.’s Son Signed to Orioles’ Minor-League Affiliate

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The Aberdeen IronBirds, owned by the Ripken family, have signed a Ripken.

Ryan Ripken, 23, has signed a contract with the Orioles’ short-season Class-A affiliate. The team announced the deal this morning, and said Ripken will report to extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla.

Obviously, baseball runs in his genes. His father was Cal Ripken (Jr.), as was his father’s father (Sr.), and his uncle was Bill Ripken.

Ryan Ripken, a first baseman and designated hitter, has had an OK minor-league career, batting .205 over three seasons with rookie and minor league teams, including stints in Hagerstown, Md., and Auburn, Ala.

The Washington Nationals drafted him in the 15th round in 2014 out of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla. The Orioles actually tried to draft him first in 2012, but Ripken opted to remain in school. After graduating from the Gilman School in Roland Park in 2012, Ripken played for the University of South Carolina for one year before opting to jump ship for junior college in Florida.

Ripken would obviously have some big shoes to fill if he can work his way up to from the minors to the Orioles lineup. He’ll join the IronBirds as their oldest infielder, according to their roster.

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