Biggio goes to Blue Jays, with a surprise twist

Son of Astros Hall of Famer agrees to terms

Biggio goes to Blue Jays, with a surprise twist

HOUSTON -- The excitement of hearing his name called as the fifth-round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays on Day 2 of the Draft on Friday was magnified for Notre Dame second baseman Cavan Biggio when he recognized the voice that was announcing the pick.

Biggio, the youngest son of Astros Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio, found out he was being taken by the Blue Jays when he heard his older brother, Conor, an intern in the Commissioner's Office, making the call of the 162nd overall pick.

"That was definitely a surprise," Cavan Biggio said. "I know he's been working with the Draft all week and being in the room the past two days, but I honestly didn't really know what specifically he was doing. After my name was selected and I heard my name called, I said, 'That voice kind of sounds a little familiar. Sounds like my older brother, Conor.' It's kind of cool. ... it was cool he was a part of it."

According to MLB.com's Jim Callis, Cavan Biggio has agreed to the full slot value bonus of $300,000 for a No. 162 overall pick.

Craig Biggio, who was drafted 22nd overall in the first round by the Astros out of Seton Hall in 1987 and went on to play 20 years for the Astros, said Cavan will sign with the Blue Jays and is scheduled to head to the team's Spring Training complex in Florida on Monday.

"He was excited," the elder Biggio said. "Obviously, it's something that you work extremely hard at Notre Dame and then you get the opportunity to get drafted and then the day comes along and you get the opportunity to go in the fifth round with the Toronto Blue Jays, an organization that's a great organization. They develop really, really well. Player development is great. And it's an exciting day for him to try to fulfill his own ambitions and dreams and hopefully to get to the big leagues someday."

Cavan Biggio played high school baseball at St. Thomas High School in Houston, where his dad was the head coach. The Phillies took him in the 15th round in 2013, but he enrolled in South Bend instead. In his junior season at Notre Dame in 2016, he started all 54 games and hit .311 with a .473 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, four homers and 28 RBIs while going 14-for-14 on stolen-base attempts.

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Even though he hit leadoff and played second base like his father did for much of his Major League career, Cavan is ready to carve his own path with Toronto.

"My dad did his own thing," he said. "He was a great ballplayer, a Hall of Famer and everything, but at the end of the day, I'm not my dad at all. We're two different types of players even though we profile the same on paper -- being a leadoff hitter and playing the same position -- but I'm just going to make a name for myself as Cavan and people are going to evaluate me as my own player and not hold me to the expectations of what and who my dad was with the Astros."

"[Cavan] gets on base, he battles, it's a good top-of-the-order profile," Blue Jays director of amateur scouting Brian Parker said. "He's kind of a two-way guy at second. He has great make-up, grinder, all of that stuff, but we like him as a player and a guy that can play both ways offense and defense. He can really help us as a top-of-the-order bat."

Conor Biggio was drafted by the Astros in the 34th round last year after his senior season at Notre Dame but didn't sign.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.