D-backs draft Gibson’s son in 37th round
PHOENIX — With the MLB First-Year Player Draft winding down Wednesday, the Diamondbacks used their 38th round pick (1173rd overall) on a familiar name: Cameron Gibson.
That’s Gibson as in Kirk — Cameron’s father.
However, it doesn’t appear there will be any father-son moments at Chase Field anytime soon, as the elder Gibson says his son, who played at Grosse Pointe South High School in Michigan, is sticking with his commitment to play baseball at Michigan State.
“He’s going to go to college,” Gibson said before Wednesday’s game with the Rockies. “He’d like to go to school and develop. … But I think he has a dream of being a major leaguer some day.”
Gibson also attended Michigan State, playing baseball and football. Gibson said his son has some similarities to himself.
Like his father, Cameron is a left-handed-hitting outfielder.
“He has some similar traits to me,” Gibson said, smiling. “Got rid of a lot of the bad ones I had I guess.”
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers told Sports 620 KTAR on Wednesday afternoon that he had informed Gibson the team planned to select his son. Towers also said he was pretty certain Cameron would be going to college.
Gibson said it was a proud moment to see his son drafted and will do what he can to help his son reach the majors one day.
“He’s worked hard and he continues to work hard,” Gibson said. “I just kind of encourage him if he’s got a dream to try to realize that dream. There’s no pressure from me. If he needs help, wants me to help him in any way, he knows I’ll always support any of my kids.”
The D-backs weren’t the only team to select its manager’s son Wednesday. The Cubs took Dale Svuem’s son Rustin Sveum out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, the Cardinals took Mike Matheny’s son Tate Matheny out of Westminster Christian Academy in Missouri and the Brewers took Ron Roenicke’s son Lance Roenicke out of UC Santa Barbara.
The Gibsons also weren’t the only familial relationship among the Diamondbacks’ draftees. Their 40th and final pick was right-handed pitcher Zane Hemond of Montrose High School in Montrose, Colo., grandson of D-backs special assistant to the president Roland Hemond.
The D-backs concluded the three-day draft on Thursday by taking 25 players. Their total includes four catchers, 10 infielders, eight outfielders, three left-handed pitchers and 15 right-handed pitchers. Thursday’s picks included one Arizona player: 26th-round pick Christopher Capper, a right-handed pitcher from Brigham Young by way who played at Deer Valley High School in Glendale.