Preston Palmeiro, a corner infielder and outfielder from Texas, committed to play for NC State Sunday and there's definitely no questioning the bloodlines. His old man, if you're unfamiliar, had a lengthy career in the majors and accomplished the rare feat of reaching both the 3,000 hit and 500 home run milestones. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Eddie Murray are the only other players to do that. (There was also this, unfortunately.)
It's not as easy to find recruiting rankings and such for baseball prospects, but Palmeiro's offer sheet is impressive--he spurned, among others, Mississippi State (his dad's alma mater), UNC, Texas, Florida State, and LSU. Palmeiro, who is a member of the 2013 class, went undrafted this year. Here's what Perfect Game had to say about him last fall:
Palmeiro is a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, and is ranked No. 171 nationally, No. 23 in Texas and No. 13 at his position on the national stage. Additionally, he has a very good lefthanded bat and showed good projection at the PG National Showcase earlier this summer. Scouts certainly are interested to see his skillset this week.
Palmeiro said in June he wanted to go to a school where he could see the field early, and he'll definitely have the opportunity in Raleigh. First baseman Tarran Senay and third baseman Grant Clyde were both lost to graduation; maybe he can step into that vacant hot corner spot in 2014.