Sports Yankees draft Mariano Rivera Jr. in 29th round Mariano Rivera hugs his son Mariano Rivera Jr. during the Mariano Rivera Day pregame ceremony on September 22, 2013 Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images By ERIK BOLAND/NEWSDAY firstname.lastname@example.org June 7, 2014 10:06 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Joe Girardi called it "neat.'' Mariano Rivera likely would agree. The Yankees drafted the iconic closer's son, Mariano Rivera Jr., in the 29th round of the first-year player draft Saturday. "We know he comes from good bloodlines,'' Girardi said. This past year, in his sophomore season for Iona, Rivera -- who began his college career at Quinnipiac -- went 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) and 70 innings. He struck out 50 and walked 26. Scouts have said the 20-year-old's best pitch is a slider, not the cut fastball his father made famous. Rivera Jr. has only dabbled with that pitch. Girardi said he saw the elder Rivera last week and got a brief scouting report. "His velocity, as he's gotten bigger and stronger, it's increased,'' Girardi said. "Mo didn't have much to say. He's always been a humble guy and he wasn't going to say much about his son. But he loves what he's doing.'' The Yankees chose Andy Pettitte's son Josh out of Deer Park (Texas) High in the 37th round in 2013. He went to Baylor and transferred to Rice. By ERIK BOLAND/NEWSDAY email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.