Astros draft club legend Biggio's son

Astros draft club legend Biggio's son

CHICAGO -- Astros legend Craig Biggio fell asleep on his couch at his home in Houston while watching the television show "American Pickers" on Wednesday afternoon before his cell phone chirped, chimed and buzzed enough to wake him up with unexpected news. His oldest son, Conor, had been drafted in the 34th round by the hometown Astros.

Craig Biggio, who will be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next month, was a first-round Draft pick of the Astros in 1987 and played 20 seasons in Houston. His youngest son, Cavan, finished his sophomore year at Notre Dame and will be draft-eligible next year.

But the news of Conor's selection by the Astros brought a smile to the face of dad.

"We're pretty excited around here," Craig Biggio said. "It's a cool, very exciting moment and we're just kind of enjoying it right now and we'll sit down and try to figure out what our plan is. He's got an opportunity with a couple of different jobs, and he's got an opportunity at grad school. We've got to sit and figure out what we want to do, but we're really enjoying the moment right now."

Conor Biggio knew he had been drafted before the Astros even called him.

"I got a bunch of texts saying 'Congratulations,' and I didn't really know what was going on, and then Twitter told me and then I got the call from the Astros a couple of minutes later," he said. "It was a crazy 15 minutes or so."

Astros scouting director Mike Elias said the team was interested in signing Biggio, an outfielder.

"Conor Biggio is somebody that we've seen play over the summer and at Notre Dame," Elias said. "He's got a lot of ability. Certainly his dad has taught him to play the game the right way, and I wanted to give him the opportunity to play in this organization, and we're hopeful that he will."

Conor Biggio just finished his senior season at Notre Dame and isn't considered to be a big league prospect, though he didn't totally rule out signing with the Astros. He has a degree in communications, and wants to get an MBA, but also has a couple of job opportunities as well.

"We're kind of leaning toward doing the graduate school thing," Craig Biggio said. "If not, he's got a couple of job opportunities -- one in MLB and another one hopefully, maybe in New York, so we'll see what happens with that. We'll talk about it and figure out what we want to do."

Cavan Biggio was drafted in the 29th round two years ago by the Phillies coming out of St. Thomas High School in Houston and wound up signing with Notre Dame.

"You're 18 years old and at our house, let's just go to college and have some fun and get part of our education done and revisit this thing your junior year," Craig Biggio said. "He's at the Cape [Cod League] right now, and he's excited for the upcoming events."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.