Giants Draft Younger Bochy
Manager's son gets popped in 20th round
SAN FRANCISCO—There had to be a little nepotism at work on draft day, when the sons of five major league managers were selected by their respective clubs.
But Brett Bochy was no courtesy pick. The youngest son of manager Bruce Bochy, he was a successful closer at Kansas before Tommy John surgery ended his redshirt junior season on April 9.
The Giants spent a 20th-round selection on him in the hopes he'll sign and take advantage of the opportunity to rehab his arm. It's not too different from the gamble they took a few years ago, when they drafted Louisiana State's hard-throwing closer and future all-star, Brian Wilson, knowing he'd require elbow reconstruction surgery.
Brett Bochy might not have Wilson's arm, but he was fashioning himself into a draft prospect before the surgery. In 12 appearances, he was 2-0, 0.78 and had 34 strikeouts in 23 innings. Opponents had a .117 average against him. If he hadn't gotten hurt, scouts were telling him he'd probably be drafted within the first 10 rounds.
"He'll be really pumped," Bruce Bochy said said. "Obviously, he's a huge Giants fan. So that's the icing on the cake."
If Brett Bochy signs, he'll have a great example to motivate him. Shortly after he was wheeled out to the recovery room, his father arranged for Wilson to give him a call and lift his spirits.
"He was crushed," Bruce Bochy said. "But he's feeling better about it. It's amazing what they do with elbows, and this was an old injury. He'd been pitching with it."
The other managerial offspring to be drafted were the sons of Tigers manager Jim Leyland, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, Athletics manager Bob Geren and Rockies manager Jim Tracy.
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