Last month, the New York Yankees drafted the son of legendary closer Mariano Rivera. But, on Saturday, the team announced that the second generation hurler won’t be following in his father’s footsteps anytime soon.
Yankees announced signings of their top 15 draft picks. 29th Rd pick Mariano Rivera Jr did not sign and will return to Iona College.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) July 19, 2014
“He just wanted to continue where he’s at currently,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “It’s not something that he wants to pursue just yet. I think Mariano and the family feel like some more seasoning in the college ranks will benefit him more.”
The younger Rivera, had just finished up his sophomore season at Iona College when he found himself drafted. In 2014, he started 12 games for the Gaels, going 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA and a team-leading 50 strikeouts in 70 innings.