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In ‘steal’ of first day of baseball draft, Dodgers pick rising Jewish star

“Jake Gelof has been one of college baseball’s best hitters for the past two seasons,” wrote Bleacher Report.

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in 2015. Photo by Junkyardsparkle/Wikipedia.
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in 2015. Photo by Junkyardsparkle/Wikipedia.

It is a common refrain in rabbinic thought that “The deeds of the fathers are a sign for the sons.” In Jake Gelof’s case, it was more about following his brother’s lead.

Two years ago, the Oakland Athletics drafted Jewish ball player Zack Gelof with the 60th pick. Zack is a top prospect in the Oakland farm system, and now his brother Jake has also been selected with the 60th pick in the draft.

Jake, who is now part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, set home run (48) and runs-batted-in (186) records at University of Virginia.

The Delaware native’s selection was “the steal of day one of the 2023 draft,” according to Bleacher Report, which also called Jake “one of college baseball’s best hitters for the past two seasons.”

Zack played for Team Israel in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

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