ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years after the Indians made Braves television analyst Paul Byrd their fourth-round selection in the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, Atlanta drafted shortstop Grayson Byrd, Paul's son, in the 39th round on Saturday afternoon.
Although Grayson expects to honor his commitment to play baseball for LSU in the Southeastern Conference, it was still a special moment for the family.
Between Byrd's time in the Atlanta organization and his son's attendance at King's Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta, Ga., -- founded in part by Braves Hall of Famer John Smoltz -- the club has long been connected with the younger Byrd.
But throw away the tie-ins, and Atlanta still would be excited about Grayson.
"This wasn't a favor, this kid has a gift to play this game," Braves scout Brian Bridges said. "There's nothing there not to like. He can hit the balls a long way. He can run, he can throw and he can field."
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.