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"We think he's probably going to be a tough sign," said a smiling White Sox general manager Rick Hahn of the son of Michael Reinsdorf, who is the Chicago Bulls' president and COO. "We had gotten to the point where our rookie rosters were full, so we decided to take a great kid who we've known basically his entire life."
To add to the surprise, dad and grandfather tricked Joseph into being in the Draft room for the final few rounds, so he was there for the selection. It looks as if a bright academic future at Northwestern University will supplant any ideas of signing into the family business.
"We'll talk to the mom and dad -- and hopefully not the grandfather -- and try to get something done," said Hahn with a laugh. "We think he's probably going to college, so it's going to be tough."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.