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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Cubs draft son of former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – The McGwire family is ready to see the other side of things in one of baseball’s best rivalries.

Mason McGwire, the son of 12-time All-Star slugger Mark, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of baseball’s amateur draft on Monday.

Mark spent five of his 16 major league seasons with rival St. Louis Cardinals, including a memorable 1998 season when he and Cubs star Sammy Sosa scored Roger Maris’ single-season home run to break the mark. Had run. Maquire finished with 70 and Sosa with 66 before both their reputations were tarnished amid steroid revelations.

Mason is a right-handed pitcher from Capistrano Valley High School in California. The 18-year-old – born several years after Mark’s playing days ended – is committed to the University of Oklahoma, where his 19-year-old brother Max is a fielder. There’s no indication yet whether Mason plans to turn pro, but teams rarely make top 10 rounds picks over players they think are irreplaceable.

Mark was drafted as a first baseman and right-handed pitcher by the Montreal Expos in the eighth round of high school in 1981. He opted to attend college in Southern California, where he led college baseball in home runs in 1984 before being selected 10th overall by Oakland.

Mason is one of several sons of the big leaguers picked in this year’s draft, including the top two picks — Matt’s son Jackson Holiday went to Baltimore first overall, while Andrew’s son Drew Jones finished second behind Arizona. Justin Crawford, whose father was All-Star Carl Crawford, was selected 17th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Here are some other players of note selected during the second day of the draft, when rounds 3–10 were held:

— RHP Nolan McLean, Baltimore: The Orioles hadn’t picked up a pitcher before the fifth round since Mike Elias became general manager after the 2018 season, but they bucked that trend by taking McLean to start the third round. And yet, he chose a boy with a promising bat. McLean was a two-way player at Oklahoma State, scoring 13 home runs while reaching 98 mph on the mound. O declared him only as a right-handed pitcher, so it looks like he could have a two-way day.

— RHP Brock Porter, Texas: A day after right-hander Kumar Rocker made third-place surprise pick of the first round, the Rangers made another splash in the fourth round with Porter, a Michigan high school pitcher, who was 11 was in th place. Overall on MLB.com’s pre-draft rankings. Rocker, who failed to sign as a first rounder with the Mets last year because of red flags in his physical appearance, is expected to sign a deal with the No. 3 pick for less than the bonus slot. will do. Those savings would be spent on Porter, who can throw at 100 mph and earned Gatorade’s National Player of the Year with a 0.41 ERA.

— RHP Dylan DeLucia, Cleveland: DeLucia was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player after pitching a four-hit shutout for Mississippi against Arkansas, sending the Rebels into the final. Ole Miss won its first championship, and now DeLucia is headed to a pro organization known for its ability to develop pitchers.

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