Relative Success

For some players, draft day was all about the genes
June 19, 2005

Wilfrido Pujols, Cardinals' sixth-round pick, cousin of Albert

Wil played outfield at Fort Osage High in Independence, Mo. "We probably took him a couple of rounds sooner than we should have," said G.M. Walt Jocketty. "We wanted to take a chance on another Pujols." Says Albert, a 13th round Cards' pick in 1999 and the only player to hit 30 homers in his first four seasons, "I hope he ... breaks all the records I put up."

Koby Clemens, Astros' eighth-round pick, son of Roger

Koby, who hit .523 as a third baseman at Houston's Memorial High, signed a letter of intent to play at Roger's alma mater, Texas, next year. The Astros took him higher than teams normally draft someone who might play college ball before turning pro, perhaps to keep Dad happy: Roger's ERA is 1.64, and the struggling Astros want to quiet talk that he'll push for a trade.

Trevor Bell, Angels' first pick, grandson of Bozo the Clown

The righty was 8-3 with a 1.13 ERA this year at high school in La Crescenta, Calif., and his bloodlines don't hurt: The Chicago Tribune reported that a scout wrote, "This kid's OK with me. He's the grandson of Bob Bell, Bozo." Talk about big shoes to fill: Bob, who died in '97, is in the Clown Hall of Fame. He starred as Bozo on Chicago's WGN-TV from 1960 to '84.

COLOR PHOTOJAY SOLDNER (WIL PUJOLS) COLOR PHOTOBRETT COOMER/GETTY IMAGES (KOBY CLEMENS) COLOR PHOTO MEL MELCON/LOS ANGELES TIMES (TREVOR BELL) COLOR PHOTOTOM DIPACE (ALBERT PUJOLS) COLOR PHOTODAVID DUROCHIK/SPORTPICS (ROGER CLEMENS) COLOR PHOTOWGN-TV/AP (BOZO)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)