Lenny Dykstra's Son Luke Drafted By Atlanta Braves

Posted: Jun 8 2014, 11:09pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Lenny Dykstra's Son Luke Drafted by Atlanta Braves
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The son of former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra, Luke, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the seventh round of the 2014 MLB Draft on June 7.

The son of former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra, Luke, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the seventh round of the 2014 MLB Draft on June 7.

The elder Dykstra couldn't be more elated, per MLB.com's Mark Bowman:

"As the second day of this year's First-Year Player Draft unfolded, Lenny Dykstra was stirred by the intense competitive nature that fueled him throughout his major league career. The three-time All-Star who earned the nickname, Nails, could not understand why clubs were passing on his son during the third and fourth rounds.

"But after patiently waiting through the first three hours of Friday's phase, Dykstra felt a genuine sense of excitement and paternal pride when he learned that the Braves had used their seventh-round selection to take Luke Dykstra, a talented second baseman from suburban Los Angeles' Westlake High School.

"'I'm very excited that he's with the Atlanta Braves,' the elder Dykstra said. 'They're a great organization. I know they don't like me very much because I kicked their (butt) all the time. But they're a first-class organization. They win. They are obviously doing a a lot of things right there.

"They keep bringing players up there like the Cardinals. It's almost like the Braves and Cardinals have some kind of factory where they clone these (players).

"The Braves see Luke as an enlarged clone of his fathter, who made the most of the 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame he fashioned while spending the entirety of his 12-year big league career with the Mets and Phillies.

"While Lenny recognizes his son has that same gritty nature that led him to consistently have one of the dirtiest uniforms in the majors, he's also thankful that his son is already gifted with physical attributes that trump those that he gained via his admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs.

"'The draft is over and it's about getting on the field and playing the game the right way,' Dykstra said. 'Luke has kind of what I had. What I mean by that is Luke is like a red light flare. He's always in the right place at the right time. His instincts are great. That's stuff you can't teach.'

"'But the only difference is he's 6-foot-2, 190 (pounds). Drugs are out. There are no more drugs in baseball. You've got to be built to last that schedule. When drugs were rampant, everybody was doing it. We didn't know who was doing what. Now it's about baseball players.'

"'To go through six months and be productive every play, you have to be built for that schedule.'

"Luke Dykstra will soon get a sense of this grueling schedule that his father and older brother Cutter, a minor leaguer in the Nationals' organization have already experienced. The 18-year-old infielder is expected to sign for slot money, approximately $163,900 and begin his professional career at the Braves' Spring Training facility in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. within the next week."

In another development, "The Blind Side" director John Lee Hancock will join forces with the producer of that movie, Gil Netter, for a film about Dykstra, says Variety.com's Dave McNary.

"John Lee Hancock is re-teaming with 'The Blind Side' producer Gil Netter to direct an untitled movie about former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra.

"Details of the project are being kept under wraps.

"Dykstra, a key part of the champion 1986 New York Mets, has led a checkered life since retiring from baseball in 1996. He was the subject of multiple investigations into his financial empire, which included a jet charter company and a magazine marketed to professional athletes.

"He filed for Chatper 11 bankruptcy in 2009 and auctioned off his World Series ring.

"Dykstra pleaded guilty in 2012 to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering and was sentenced to six months in prison 500 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution.

"Dykstra said in an interview that he was released from prison last summer that Netter had acquired his movie rights -- and suggested that either Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg portray him in the film.

"Hancock was the director and screenwriter on 'The Blind Side' with Neter producing along with Alcon co-toppers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. The film, which followed football star Michael Oher through his high school career, was a hit with $309 million in worldwide grosses.

"Netter received Best Picture Oscar nominations for 'The Blind Side' and Ang Li's 'Life of Pi.'

"Hancock ventured into the baseball biopic territory more than a decade ago when he directed Disney's 2002 sports drama 'The Rookie' about Jim Morris, the athlete who debuted in MLB at the age of 35."

Dykstra recorded 1,298 hits, 81 home runs and 404 RBIs on a .285 batting average in his 12-year MLB career, per Baseball-Reference.com.

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