Blue Jays take son of Roy Halladay on Day 3 of MLB draft
Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay's two sons, Ryan Halladay, right, and Braden Halladay, left, place a ball on the mound in memory of their father during the Toronto Blue Jays opening day American League baseball action against the New York Yankees in Toronto on Thursday, March 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Dennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:51PM EDT
NEW YORK - Toronto has selected Florida high school pitcher Braden Halladay, a son of the late Roy Halladay, in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball draft - the round matching his father's Blue Jays uniform number.
The younger Halladay is a right-hander like his famous father, who will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame next month. Roy Halladay won 203 games and two Cy Young Awards over 16 big league seasons with the Blue Jays from 1998-2009 and Philadelphia Phillies from 2010-13. He died in November 2017 at age 40 when the private plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.
Toronto retired his No. 32 on opening day in 2018.
Braden Halladay tweeted a thank you to the Blue Jays and added in his post that there was a mutual understanding between him and the team that he will be honouring his commitment to attend Penn State.
The three-day draft concludes Wednesday, with rounds 11 through 40.