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Biggio’s son among familiar names called on Day 2 of MLB draft

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NEW YORK (AP) Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, was among some familiar names called during the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.

The younger Biggio, an infielder from Notre Dame, was selected by Toronto in the fifth round on Friday. He hit .311 with four home runs and 28 RBIs while starting all 54 games for the Irish this season as a junior.

Rafael Palmeiro’s son Preston, a first baseman for North Carolina State, was drafted in the seventh round by Baltimore.

After the first two rounds and lottery picks were selected Thursday night at MLB Network studios, the draft resumed with rounds 3-10 via conference calls with the teams. Rounds 11-40 will be held Saturday, also with conference calls, to wrap up the three-day event.

California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak was the No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia.

Report: Astros, Alex Bregman agree to five-year, $100 million extension

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Fox 26’s Mark Berman reports that the Astros and third baseman Alex Bregman have agreed to $100 million contract extension. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart confirms a deal has been reached and adds that the deal is actually for five years, beginning after the 2019 season. The contract will cover all three of Bregman’s arbitration years and two years of would-be free agency.

Bregman, who turns 25 years old later this month, has quickly become one of the best third basemen in baseball. Across parts of three seasons, he has hit .282/.366/.500 with 58 home runs, 208 RBI, 224 runs scored, and 29 stolen bases. FanGraphs credited him with 7.6 Wins Above Replacement, tied with Francisco Lindor and Christian Yelich for the fourth-best mark among position players in baseball, trailing only Mookie Betts (10.4), Mike Trout (9.8), and José Ramírez (8.0).

This is obviously a smart move for the Astros, as this contract extension will secure Bregman’s age 25-30 seasons. With second baseman José Altuve also locked up through 2024, and presumed extensions to come for Carlos Correa and possibly Gerrit Cole and George Springer, the Astros have a core that they can build around for years to come.