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Jays draft Romero's brother

Jays draft Romero's brother

TORONTO -- Bloodlines and reputation run deep in Major League Baseball. It is not uncommon to see the son of a coach, brother of a player, or son of a former player get drafted by the same team.

On Wednesday evening, the Blue Jays' bloodlines got even thicker, as they selected Ricky Romero's brother, Gabriel, in the 47th round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft.

Much like his old brother, who is eight years his senior, Gabriel is also a pitcher -- although right-handed. The two siblings both attended the same high school, Theodore Roosevelt in California.

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"I'm happy for him, and I'm proud of him," Romero said, prior to the Blue Jays' game against the Rays.

While Gabriel was not nearly as highly touted as his older brother -- drafted sixth overall by the Blue Jays in 2005 -- Jays scouting director Andrew Tinnish said he is looking forward to seeing more of the younger Romero.

"I don't know too much about him," Tinnish said. "He's a guy that we're probably just going to keep tabs on in the summer and see what happens from there."

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