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Area high school standouts chosen on MLB draft’s second day

Notre Dame second baseman Cavan Biggio, left, was drafted in the fifth round by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. He is the son of Houston Astros standout Craig Biggio.
Notre Dame second baseman Cavan Biggio, left, was drafted in the fifth round by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. He is the son of Houston Astros standout Craig Biggio. AP

Highlights from Day 2 of the Major League Baseball Draft:

Area ties

Justin Northwest pitcher Dustin May, a 6-foot-6 right-hander committed to play at Texas Tech, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round, No. 101 overall. Saginaw Boswell third baseman Ulysses Cantu was picked by the Cleveland Indians in the sixth round.

Former Colleyville Heritage standout and North Carolina State first baseman Preston Palmeiro, son of the former Rangers and Orioles player, was chosen by Baltimore in the seventh round. UT Arlington outfielder Matt McLean, who batted .307 with 22 RBIs this season, was drafted by Boston in the ninth round.

A&M represented

The Texas A&M Aggies, hosting TCU in a Super Regional this weekend for a berth in the College World Series, had seven players selected on the draft’s second day.

Outfielder Nick Banks (Washington) and pitcher Jace Vines (Kansas City) went in the fourth round, pitchers Ryan Hendrix (Cincinnati) and Mark Ecker (Detroit) in the fifth, outfielder J.B. Moss (Atlanta) in the seventh, catcher Michael Barash (Los Angeles Angels) in the ninth, and former TCU player Boomer White (San Diego) in the 10th.

State pride

On Thursday, the Houston Astros used their first-round pick, No. 17 overall, on Forrest Whitley, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound pitcher for San Antonio Alamo Heights. Whitley was pitching in the UIL Class 5A state tournament semifinal when he learned of his selection. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out 11 batters while throwing 123 pitches in 6  2/3 innings as the Mules defeated College Station.

Dallas Jesuit pitcher Kyle Muller, a 6-7 fireballer and the Gatorade National Player of the Year, was drafted Thursday by the Atlanta Braves in the second round, No. 44 overall. He then pitched in Friday’s Class 6A state semifinal, throwing a complete-game, three-hit shutout and striking out nine to improve to 9-0 this season.

Sounds familiar

Players of former major leaguers seem to get drafted every year. Notable on Friday was Cavan Biggio, a second baseman from Notre Dame and youngest son of Houston Astros Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio.

Biggio was taken in the fifth round by the Toronto Blue Jays. His older brother, Conor, an intern in Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office, delivered the news of the 162nd pick on the MLB Network.

“That was definitely a surprise,” Cavan Biggio said. “I know he’s been working with the draft all week ... but I honestly didn’t really know what specifically he was doing.”

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