Notre Dame Baseball: Conor Biggio Selected by Houston Astros in MLB Draft


Conor gets his chance where his father did

Good things come to those who wait. For

Notre Dame’s

Conor Biggio, that meant the 34th round, and becoming the 1,009th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. And you thought the Notre Dame football players had to wait out an agonizing draft? Pffft…not even.

Baseball has in its history favored bloodlines. You continue to see it each year, as the son of a former big leaguer is selected, often by a team that he played for or has some organizational ties to. The Houston Astros went two-fold on that this year. After selecting Biggio, so of Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, they chose Kody Clemens who is Roger Clemens son.

In 2011, the Anaheim Angels selected Irish catcher Matt Scioscia, who is the son of Angels manager Mike Scioscia. He even followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a catcher. Always a good way to be drafted. If you aren’t a left-handed pitcher, be a catcher.

While not overly promising as a prospect, the baseball draft is full of surprises in these late rounds. In his career for the Fighting Irish, Biggio played in 101 career games, collecting 39 hits, four doubles, and 16 RBI while stealing 18 bases and scoring 33 runs. Known for patience at the plate, Biggio also had 26 walks and eight hit by pitch. That’s a long way to go to catch his father, who was hit 285 times in his major league career.

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Craig Biggio was selected in the 1st round in 1987 with the 22nd overall pick and spent his entire 20-year career with the Astros. His induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame will take place this July in Cooperstown.

The path for Conor is unknown, but it will begin in the same place that his father’s did. Having the opportunity alone is a great story in itself. Even though his production at Notre Dame wasn’t monumental, that doesn’t mean he can’t be something more at the next level. All you need is that chance, and Conor will get it in Houston.

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