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.
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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.