Preston Palmeiro, Son of Rafael, Performing Well for Aberdeen Ironbirds Thus Far (VIDEO)

The Baltimore Orioles selected two players in this year's MLB Draft that were sons of former O's, including their seventh round selection, first baseman Preston Palmeiro.

Palmeiro, 21, was selected in the seventh round of this year's draft out of North Carolina State and is the son of former Oriole, Rafael Palmeiro.

The Orioles and Palmeiro agreed to terms in the middle of July for $204,700, which was slot value for the 211th overall pick.

After signing, Palmeiro, like most of the college draft picks, was assigned to the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds and made his professional debut on July 29. While he went hitless in the first game of the double header, he collected his first two professional hits in game two of the double dip that day.

To see video on Palmeiro's first career hit as a professional, click here.

Palmeiro has played seven games thus far and is showing why his bat is obviously his best tool. Over his first seven games, Palmeiro is hitting .320 (8-25) with one double, two RBI, three runs scored and has even stolen a base as well.

After going hitless in his first game, Palmeiro has collected at least one hit in each of his next six games.

Palmeiro hits left handed and throws right handed, but like his father, he plays first base and with below average speed, he is likely going to stay there.

MLB Pipeline now ranks him as the 20th ranked prospect in the O's system, but with that sweet swing of his he could climb his way up the ladder fairly quickly. He does not have a ton of home run power, but could develop some as he progresses.

The family name may put unjust pressure on Preston, but thus far he is performing very well at the plate in his brief time as a professional.


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