June 7, 2011
Yankees draft Justin James, son of ex-New York player Dion

Sacramento City College outfielder Justin James, the son of former major league player Dion James, was selected in the 13th round of today's Major League Baseball player draft by the New York Yankees.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound sophomore, who bats and throws left-handed, was the 419th pick overall.

Dion James finished his 11-year major league career with the Yankees. The outfielder was a first-round draft pick (25th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers from out of McClatchy in 1980.

Justin James, a basketball and baseball standout at Kennedy High School, batted .309, drove in 20 runs and led the Big 8 Conference in steals with 19 for Sacramento City this season.

- Bill Paterson

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