Penn State commit Braden Halladay followed in his father's footsteps on Wednesday.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Halladay with the 957th overall pick (32nd round) of the 2019 MLB Draft. Twenty-four years prior, Braden's late father, Roy, was selected by Toronto with the 17th overall pick in the 1995 draft.
Roy spent the majority of his hall-of-fame career with the Blue Jays, wearing No. 32. Toronto honored the Halladay family by drafting Braden in the 32nd round on Wednesday, the same number his father wore for 12 seasons.
Shortly after the pick, Braden announced via Twitter that he will still attend Penn State to play collegiate baseball. He will be draft-eligible again in three years.
Thank you @BlueJays for drafting me in the 32nd round today! It’s a great honor! It’s with mutual understanding that I’ll still be honoring my commitment to Penn State! I look forward to college and bettering myself as a player and person, thank you to all who have supported me! pic.twitter.com/tUcKWZESPl— Braden Halladay (@BradenHalladay) June 5, 2019
Braden is a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher from Calvary Christian High School in Odessa, Florida. He is ranked nationally by Perfect Game as one of the top 500 prospects in the 2019 recruiting class.