HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio has been actively involved in the Astros' preparations for Thursday's First-Year Player Draft as a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow, but he doesn't plan on being in the draft room when the team makes its first two picks at No. 1 and No. 40 overall.
Biggio's youngest son, Cavan, recently graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston -- where his father was his head coach -- and he's projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick. Cavan would love to play for the Astros, but Craig doesn't want to put any pressure on the Astros.
"I stay out of the room early," Biggio said. "I just didn't want the organization to feel they had to take my son because he's my son. I didn't want my son to feel the Astros took him because he's my son. I stayed away from it, and Jeff and I have an excellent relationship. We haven't discussed it at all, but he knows my feelings where I'm at."
Cavan Biggio has signed a letter of intent to follow his older brother, Conor, and play for the University of Notre Dame. Craig Biggio said he and his family have a bonus figure in mind that will help determine whether he signs with the team that drafts him or goes to college.
The way Biggio sees it, it's a win-win situation for his son.
"It's not nerve-wracking at all," he said. "Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. If he doesn't get drafted, he doesn't want to get drafted to a certain degree because of the dollar amount. It hasn't been stressful. We have a pretty good understanding where he's fitting in, and whether he goes and plays that's great, and whether he goes to college, that's great."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. Chris Abshire is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.