6/9/2013 1:00 A.M. ET
Phillies take Biggio's son in 29th round
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
That's right, Cavan Biggio's last name means exactly what you think: This is Craig Biggio's kid. And Cavan was even coached by his potential future Hall of Fame father at St. Thomas High School in Houston.
On Saturday, the Phillies took Cavan Biggio in the 29th round (871st overall) in the First-Year Player Draft.
Cavan's older brother, Conor, also played under their father at St. Thomas, and the siblings are set to be reunited next fall at Notre Dame, with Cavan having already committed to the school. His father confirmed on Saturday that Cavan will head to South Bend, Ind., in the fall.
"[Cavan] had some options on the first day," Craig Biggio said. "He is excited about college."
Yet with the younger Biggio's skill set, it was worth a shot for the Phillies to at least take the infielder in an attempt to lure him away from Notre Dame, where Conor just completed his sophomore season.
Cavan had a very solid summer with the bat in 2012, part of which he spent representing Team USA in South Korea in the Junior AAA/18U World Championships. Biggio showed an ability to hit the ball hard consistently against good competition. He has a little power, and some feel he'll grow into some more down the road.
Aside from whether he'll sign a big league contract or honor his commitment to Notre Dame, the biggest question facing Biggio is where he profiles defensively. He might fit well as a second baseman, where his left-handed bat would certainly be of value.
Outside of the second-base option, questions abound. Will he have enough power to play a corner position? Or is he fast enough to play center field?
Those questions need to be answered, and in time, they certainly will. For now, his hitting ability, his instincts and, of course, his bloodlines made the latest in the line of Biggio ballplayers too good of an option to pass up -- even with the prospect of Notre Dame looming.