St. Louis Cardinals Draft Manager Mike Matheny's Son

Justin Gibson@JustinNColumbiaCorrespondent IIIJune 6, 2012

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The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Tate Matheny in the 23rd round of the MLB draft today. Tate is the son of Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny, who said last week he would prefer if the team didn't draft his oldest child.

Speaking with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in May, Matheny insisted his son wouldn't be drafted by the team he played for, and now manages.

"He's 18. He can do what he wants. I'm not really in the position to make the stand I've made," Matheny says. "But he and I have a very cool relationship. He wants to learn. He's willing to listen. And he realizes I might have a little bit of understanding and insight into the situation. Either way, he knows I want what's best for him."

The Post-Dispatch also reported that Tate Matheny, a Westminster Christian Academy centerfielder, likely dropped to the 23rd round because of his high asking price that it would take for him to skip college. Therefore, he is likely to play at Missouri State.

Matheny helped his high school team win the Missouri Class 3 championship this year batting .610 with 11 home runs, 51 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and a .705 on-base percentage to go along with a 1.260 slugging percentage.

Rounds 16-40 will wrap-up the MLB Draft today.