Rafael and Preston Palmeiro

Rafael Palmeiro stands with his son Preston back in 2005, when Preston was 10 and his father was approaching 3,000 career hits. Eight years later, Preston could be picked out of high school in this week's amateur draft. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / July 15, 2005)

The Orioles don’t have a top 5 pick in this year’s amateur draft, which begins Thursday night.

But there could be a player with distant ties to the organization getting selected that early.

Colin Moran, a third baseman from the University of North Carolina, is the nephew of former Orioles outfielder B.J. Surhoff – and he could go as high as No. 1.

Moran is one of several relatives of former and current big leaguers who could be picked in the three-day draft, as highlighted in an extensive list put together by Baseball America’s Conor Glassey.

Among the others are the sons of Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Craig Biggio.

Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro’s son Preston could get drafted as a first baseman out of Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas.

And veteran lefty Jamie Moyer, who spent a brief part of last season with Triple-A Norfolk, may see his son Dillon, a shortstop from UC San Diego, get selected.