Giants draft Bochy's son in 20th round
Kansas closer recovering from Tommy John surgery
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brett Bochy's father was rarely ever able to attend his Little League games, let alone spend a summer coaching him.
But now if Bochy can recover from an arm injury and his father can continue to succeed at his job, they could potentially wind up spending plenty of summer days together.On Tuesday, Bochy, a 22-year-old right-handed relief pitcher out of Kansas, was selected in the 20th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants, the team his dad, Bruce Bochy, manages. "It's kind of cool that he's there and the manager, but it's just like any other guy," Brett Bochy said shortly after he was drafted. "You've got to go out there and perform." If healthy, Bochy should have no problem performing. Before undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in April, he went 2-0 in 12 appearances and was holding opposing hitters to a .117 batting average as a reliever for the Jayhawks. His shortened season didn't dramatically hurt his Draft stock, however, as he was already on scouts' radars after going 5-0 with a 4.34 ERA in 37 1/3 innings and posting 54 strikeouts to lead all Kansas relief pitchers as a junior. "He knew he was going to get drafted," Bruce Bochy said. "He was told by some people he could go in the top 10 rounds, the way his season was going." Among the interested teams were the Giants, and it wasn't only because of who they had in their dugout. "He was throwing well in the closer role and last year we had interest in him, because he was sophomore eligible, but we felt like we wanted to let him go back," Giants scouting director John Barr said. "We think he has the arm and the makeup to pitch in the big leagues." Bochy is only a junior at Kansas and still has one year of eligibility remaining. Barr said the team hoped to sign him and help him continue his rehab, but Bochy said he was still undecided on whether he was, in fact, going to leave college for professional ball. One thing he is sure of, however, is that, while his dream has always been to play professional baseball, getting drafted by the Giants -- with a potential opportunity to play for his father -- makes it that much sweeter. "Obviously, he never got to catch all my games like a normal dad, but growing up and spending time in the clubhouse and seeing how everybody went about their business was great," Brett Bochy said. "That was always what drove me to want to play pro ball."
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.