Like father, like son: Angels draft young Scioscia

Like father, like son: Angels draft young Scioscia

ANAHEIM -- The Angels' organization now includes twice as many Scioscias as it used to.

The club selected Matt Scioscia, the son of manager Mike Scioscia, with its 45th-round pick (1,365th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Scioscia is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound right-handed catcher out of Notre Dame. The skipper's son was the sixth of eight backstops drafted by the Angels over the last three days.

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"We were excited," the elder Scioscia said. "You just hope for an opportunity, not only for us, but all of your kids. I think that's what we hope for, that they can try to do something that they really enjoy doing."

It actually was the second time the Angels drafted young Scioscia. He was taken in the 41st round in 2007 but opted to attend college.

He hit .200 in 16 starts for the Fighting Irish in 2011.

"He's excited just for the fact to get out there and play professional baseball," his father added. "He's going to work hard on the defensive side. He can swing the bat. He is definitely excited for the opportunity."

Scioscia played catcher for the Dodgers from 1980-92, recording a .259 career batting average and catching 34 percent of runners attempting to steal.

Scioscia said he expected his son to sign a contract Thursday, after which Matt might experience a slight decrease in his allowance money.

"He's paying a lot of stuff back right now for us," his father joked.