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.
In the 23rd round of the #mlbdraft, the Cardinals select CF Tate Matheny (Westminster Christian Academy, MO), son of Manager Mike Matheny.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 6, 2012
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.
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