NEW YORK — The New York Mets found a familiar name during the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.
University of Connecticut infielder L.J. Mazzilli, son of Lee, was drafted by the Mets in the fourth round Friday — 40 years after the elder Mazzilli was a first-round pick of New York.
L.J. Mazzilli helped lead the Huskies to the Big East tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. He hit a team-best .354 with six home runs, 51 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.
The Yankees also went after famous bloodlines, drafting University of Michigan outfielder Michael O’Neill, nephew of Paul, in the third round.
“Congrats to my nephew Michael O’Neill,” Paul O’Neill wrote on his Twitter page. “Drafted by the Yankees today!!!”
It’s the second time Michael O’Neill was drafted by the Yankees after being selected by them in the 42nd round out of high school in 2010. He led the Wolverines in batting average (.356), slugging percentage (.498), on-base percentage (.396), runs scored (46), hits (85), doubles (17), home runs (5) and stolen bases (23) this season.
Coastal Carolina outfielder Jacob May, son of Lee May Jr. and grandson of Lee May, was also selected in the third round by the Chicago White Sox.
Northwestern right-hander Luke Farrell, son of Red Sox manager John Farrell, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round.
Georgia Tech outfielder Kyle Wren was taken in the eighth round by the Atlanta Braves, whose general manager is his father Frank.
Cal State Fullerton catcher Chad Wallach, the son of former All-Star third baseman Tim Wallach, was drafted in the fifth round by the Miami Marlins.
The wait finally ended for Jon Denney, an Oklahoma high school catcher who was drafted 81st overall by Boston after being the only one of nine prospects in attendance at the draft site at MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, N.J., on Thursday night not selected.
“This is awesome,” Denney wrote on Twitter shortly after being drafted. “I have been a Red Sox fan my whole life! Ever since I started watching MLB baseball, now I’m a part of their organization!”
Rounds 3-10 were held via conference call with each team, with rounds 11-40 to be completed Saturday.
Houston selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday night. The Astros opened the second day by taking another college pitcher, drafting University of North Carolina left-hander Kent Emanuel with the first pick of the third round.