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2011 MLB Draft: Dante Bichette Jr. Leads Relatives Of Rockies Personnel

When the 2011 MLB Draft comes rolling around on June 6-8, there will be three players who already have ties to the Colorado Rockies. The best-known one is Dante Bichette Jr., son of former Rockies slugger Dante Bichette. He drew Troy Renck's attention back in February, when he noted the shortstop will probably move over to the hot corner.

Here is recent video of Dante hitting a home run:


He is committed to the University of Georgia, but could pass that up if he is drafted early enough.

Thanks to a Baseball America intern, the other two players who have a connection to the Rockies are Daniel Scahill and Dean Espy. Scahill is the brother of Rockies minor league pitcher Rob Schaill. Daniel is an outfielder for the Buffalo Bulls and if selected, he will be a Day 2 or 3 one. He's hitting .257/.340/.419 with four home runs.

Richard Dean Espy is the son of former Rockies hitting coach Duane Espy. The Rockies originally drafted Dean out of high school in 2008 in the 41st round. Selected that late, it's more of a gesture to the Espy family. He went on to play ball for the UCLA Bruins (after a season of JUCO ball). After hitting nine homers in his first season with the Bruins, Dean has just two in 2011. He is hitting .303/.348/.394 so far.