New York native John Franco had a dream come true when his son was drafted by the team he played on.

J.J. Franco was drafted in the late rounds of today’s MLB draft. Franco enjoyed a stellar career at Poly Prep as a four-year contributor to the standout baseball program. Last year he went 8-0 on the mound and batted .472 in the leadoff spot, leading the Blue Devils to a third consecutive Ivy League regular season crown.

He was named as Class B Player of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association, and he was recently named an Under Armour preseason All-American.

With his superstar dad by his side, Franco has made a name for himself in four years as Poly Prep’s ace right-hander, standout shortstop, and leadoff hitter.

Recently, he took another step into carving his own legacy: committing to play baseball at Brown University.

Franco was recruited by several Ivy and Patriot League programs. Stanford, Boston College, and St. John’s—his father alma mater—also expressed interest.

But Franco fell in love with Brown during his official visit in September. He must make a decision to play in the Major Leagues on his father’s former team or go to Brown University and sign with the New York Mets later. 

John Franco must be a proud pops right now. Great drafting by the Mets.

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