2012 MLB Draft: Cardinals Select Mike Matheny's Son In 23rd Round

In a common practice with later draft picks, the St. Louis Cardinals have selected Tate Matheny, the son of St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, with their 23rd round pick in this year's draft. Given that most of the picks in later rounds simply qualify as organizational depth, you'll often see teams taking relatives of important members of the franchise.

At this point, it seems highly likely that Matheny will pass on the Cardinals' contract offer and go to play college ball at Missouri State, where he has a full scholarship. Unlike many relatives selected in these situations, Matheny is considered a prospect by some, but he fell so far because of stiff contract demands that likely won't be met.

To learn more about the latest MLB prospect news and ratings, drop by Minor League Ballwith John Sickels. For more on the Cardinals, stick with SB Nation St. Louis. For more news, notes and analysis head over to Viva El Birdos. For more from around the league, check out Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer.

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