MLB’s Baltimore Orioles draft Dale Jarrett’s son Zach

Dale Jarrett and his father Ned Jarrett may be NASCAR Hall of Famers, but the youngest Jarrett — Zach — seemed to find his niche at a baseball diamond.

That dream came to fruition on Wednesday, as the Baltimore Orioles drafted Zach Jarrett in the 28th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

An outfielder, Jarrett played baseball at North Carolina’s Hickory High School before playing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A successful senior season that included a slash line of .342/.398/.549 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs gathered attention from the major leagues. Jarrett’s college roommate and teammate T.J. Nichting was also drafted by the Orioles.

And it appears that father Dale Jarrett knew his son’s future was bright, even a month before the draft.