Cubs throw son of former card slugger Mark McGwire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The McGwire family is ready to see the other side of things in one of baseball’s best rivalries.

Mason McGwire, son of 12-time star hitter Mark, was selected in the eighth round of the baseball amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

Mark spent five of his 16 major league seasons with the rival St. Louis Cardinals, including the memorable 1998 season when he and Cubs star Sammy Sosa raced to break the home run mark. a season of Roger Maris. McGwire ended up with 70 and Sosa with 66 before both their reputations were tarnished amid the steroid revelations.

Mason is a right-handed pitcher from Capistrano Valley High School in California. The 18-year-old – born several years after Mark’s playing days ended – is committed to the University of Oklahoma, where his 19-year-old brother Max is an infielder. There’s no indication yet if Mason plans to turn pro, but teams rarely use picks in the first 10 rounds on players they think are unchattable.

Mark was also drafted in the eighth round of high school in 1981 by the Montreal Expos as a first baseman and right-handed pitcher. He chose to attend the University of Southern California, where he led college baseball in the home runs in 1984 before being picked 10th overall by Oakland.

Mason is one of many sons of big leaguers taken in this year’s draft, including the top two picks – Jackson Holliday, son of Matt, went first overall in Baltimore while Druw Jones, son of Andruw, went second to Arizona. Justin Crawford, whose father was All-Star Carl Crawford, was selected 17th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Here are some other notable players selected on day two of the draft, in rounds 3-10:

— RHP Nolan McLean, Baltimore: The Orioles hadn’t picked a pitcher until the fifth round since Mike Elias became general manager after the 2018 season, but they bucked that trend by taking McLean to start the third round. And even then, they picked a guy with a promising bat. McLean was a two-way player at Oklahoma State, hitting 13 home runs while hitting 98 mph on the mound. The O’s advertised him only as a right-handed pitcher, so it looks like his two-way days might be over.

– RHP Brock Porter, Texas: A day after making the most stunning first-round pick by taking third-overall right-hander Kumar Rocker, the Rangers took another fourth-round plunge with Porter, a high school pitcher from Michigan who ranked 11th overall on MLB.com’s pre-draft rankings. Rocker, who failed to sign with the Mets as a first-rounder last year due to red flags in his physique, is expected to sign a deal for less than the bonus slot that came with the No. 3 pick. Those savings will likely be spent on Porter, who can throw 100 mph and won Gatorade National Player of the Year with a 0.41 ERA.

–RHP Dylan DeLucia, Cleveland: DeLucia was named the College World Series’ MVP after throwing a four-hitter shutout for Mississippi against Arkansas that sent the Rebels to the Finals. Ole Miss won his first championship, and now DeLucia is heading to a professional organization known for its ability to develop pitchers.

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