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Miami Marlins draft sons of former players Alex Fernandez, Jeff Conine

Griffin Conine, a lefty-hitting outfielder from Fort Lauderdale’s Pine Crest High, was drafted in the 31st round by the Miami Marlins.
Griffin Conine, a lefty-hitting outfielder from Fort Lauderdale’s Pine Crest High, was drafted in the 31st round by the Miami Marlins. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Marlins kept things in the family — twice — during the final day of the 2015 MLB Draft on Wednesday.

They drafted two sons of former Marlins players — Nova Southeastern outfielder Alexander Fernandez, whose father, Alex, was a pitcher and former first-round pick, and Griffin Conine, whose dad, Jeff, was a first baseman and outfielder.

Alexander was drafted in the 25th round.

Griffin Conine, a lefty-hitting outfielder from Fort Lauderdale’s Pine Crest, was drafted in the 31st round. That’s a lot better than his father, who had a productive 17-year major-league career despite getting picked in the 58th round by the Royals in 1987.

In addition to Fernandez, NSU had two other players drafted Wednesday: outfielder Justin Garcia, who was third in the nation (Division II) in homers with 26, was picked in the 17th round by the Astros; and right-hander Ryan Castellanos (Tigers, 25th).

The unique thing about the latter pick is that it was announced by his brother, Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who took a break from preparing to play the Cubs on Wednesday to make the call.

“The Detroit Tigers select … Ryan Castellanos, brother of myself,” is how Nick made the announcement.

Here are other players with local ties who were drafted Wednesday:

▪ FIU had two players drafted Wednesday: right-handed reliever Danny Dopico (White Sox, 11th round) and shortstop Julius Gaines (Mariners, 33rd round).

▪ The Miami Hurricanes had two players drafted: catcher Garrett Kennedy (Dodgers, 14th round) and center fielder Ricky Eusebio (Mariners, 16th round). Kennedy, who hit just .231 as a junior, is having a stellar year — batting .329 with seven homers and 51 RBI. Eusebio, who leads the team with a .463 on-base percentage, stole 19 bases and did not make an error all season.

▪ LSU catcher Chris Chinea, who was a teammate of Eusebi’s at Gulliver Prep, was selected in the 17th round by the Cardinals. He is hitting .355 with 11 homers and 58 RBI.

▪ Center fielder Jason Morozowski, formerly of Archbishop McCarthy and FIU, was picked in the 13th round by the Diamondbacks.

▪ Junior outfielder Jerry Downs, who led St. Thomas University to the NAIA title game, was picked in the 15th round by the Red Sox. He hit .349 with nine homers and 56 RBI last season.

▪ Barry had two players drafted Wednesday: catcher Greg Brodzinksi (Phillies, 18th round) and left-hander Joeanthony Rivera (Rangers, 34th).

▪ Flanagan right-hander and UCF recruit Gentry Fortuno (8-4, 1.24 ERA) was drafted in the 18th round by the Brewers. He is slotted to receive a $100,000 signing bonus but could opt to play for UCF.

▪ Former Columbus right-hander Mike Vinson, now with the Florida Gators, was drafted in the 24th round by the Tigers.

▪ Middle infielder Kirvin Mosequit, formerly of Highlands Christian, was picked in the 24th round (Orioles).

▪ Miami Dade College catcher Jonathan Morales was picked in the 25th round (Braves).

▪ Coral Gables had three players drafted: catcher Elih Marrero (Reds, 29th round), right-hander Andrew Cabezas (Indians, 34th) and shortstop Coco Montes (Nationals, 35th).

All three are expected to reject pro offers and play in college — Marrero at Mississippi State, Cabezas at Miami and Montes at South Florida.

Marrero was rated by Baseball America among the draft’s top 140 prospects. Gables coach Phil Wisser said Marrero was called by a pro team in the third round, but when they could not agree on financial terms, he was not drafted in that slot.

▪ Two right-handers from Miami’s Calusa Prep were drafted: Hector Moreta (Rockies, 31st round) and Rafael Ramirez (Giants, 33rd).

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