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Ryan Ripken, other players with local ties begin pro baseball careers
Ryan Ripken, other players with local ties begin pro baseball careers

Several players with local ties who were picked in baseball's first-year player draft last month have started their professional careers. Ryan Ripken, a Gilman graduate and the son of Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., has struggled in limited action since he signed June 18 and made his debut with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals on June 21. Ripken, who was drafted in the 15th round by the Washington Nationals out of Indian River (Fla.) State College, is batting .148 (4-for-27) with a double and four runs scored in eight games. In his best game so far, he was 2-for-4 with two runs scored June 26 against the GCL Marlins. Right-hander Jake Stinnett, who was drafted by...

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