Phillies draft Craig Biggio's son, Cavan, who will not sign

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Houston Astros Craig Biggio looks towards the field with his sons, Connor and Cavan before a game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 in Houston. It was Biggio's last homestand. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

MILWAUKEE — The Phillies used their 29th-round pick Saturday on a second baseman with rich baseball bloodlines who will not play for them.

Cavan Biggio, son of Craig, was one of the nation's top high school players. He expected to go in the first two rounds of the draft. But because of a commitment to Notre Dame and high asking price, he fell on many teams' draft boards. He will not sign with the Phillies, Craig Biggio told the Houston Chronicle.

Baseball America ranked Cavan as the 67th best prospect in this year's draft. His father, now a special assistant to the general manager in Houston, said Cavan could have been picked earlier than 871st overall.

"He is excited about college," Craig Biggio told the Chronicle.

The Phillies also picked Mark Leiter Jr., the son of the longtime major-league pitcher and former Phillie, in the 22d round. Leiter was a senior for New Jersey Institute of Technology and struck out 20 in a game last month. He posted a 4.94 ERA with 106 strikeouts and 42 walks in 94 2/3 innings.


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