Matheny keeping close eye on Draft

Matheny keeping close eye on Draft

HOUSTON -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny met in his office with the media prior to Tuesday's series opener with the Astros. He kept one eye on an inquiring media and the other on one of three laptops situated strategically on his desk.

That was the one giving him streaming play-by-play of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Matheny was not only keeping a close watch on the players the Cardinals plucked from the pot, but he was also anxious to find any news on the possible Draft status of his oldest son Tate.

"No news yet," Matheny said about three hours before Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. CT start.

But as Matheny pointed out, his son can't lose. He has a college scholarship waiting at Missouri State, should the Draft not go the way he hopes.

Tate Matheny is a talented center fielder who just recently completed his senior season at Westminster Christian Academy (Mo.).

"It's all his decision," the Cardinals manager said in reference to the possibility of his son bypassing college if drafted high enough. "I've been impressed with his maturity in that process."