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Angels draft Scioscia's son on Day 2

Angels draft Scioscia's son on Day 2

Matt Scioscia, a catcher at Encino (Calif.) Crespi Carmelite High School and the son of Angels manager Mike, was selected by the club on Day 2 of the Draft.

"Matt's worked very hard," the elder Scioscia said. "To get recognized and get drafted ... this is incredible. Evidently, people see there's potential there. That's exciting."

Mike Scioscia was drafted in 1976 and spent 12 seasons catching for the Dodgers and won a pair of World Series.

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Although the younger Scioscia, also a member of the football team at Encino Crespi, will continue his playing career at Notre Dame, Angels scouting director Eddie Bane said the organization drafted him because "we wanted to have the rights to him in case anything came up."

"Obviously, his genetics are fabulous," Bane said. "This was not done as any kind of favor to Mike. We've watched him play for a long time and he's very talented. He was never able to concentrate on baseball as much as we would like him to because of football. But we think he can do well if given the chance to concentrate on baseball."

Like the younger Scioscia, West Virginia quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Patrick White, will forego professional baseball in favor of a collegiate career. The Angels drafted White, a center fielder, with their 26th pick.

Larry Santana is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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