Brian O'Connor's squad may have lost some talent to the MLB draft last week, but the Virginia coach is quickly gathering more, as Cavan Biggio and Jack Roberts have both committed to the Hoos. Both last names may sound familiar to you, and neither one is a coincidence. Cavan is MLB star Craig Biggio's son, and Jack Roberts is the younger brother of recent UVA baseball grad Will Roberts. Both have just finished their junior years of high school, so we won't see them in orange and blue until the 2014 season.
Cavan Biggio is a highly touted third-base recruit coming out of Houston, Texas. Previously, he was named the #5 corner infielder in his class by ESPN, and was also in its conversation as High School Player of the Year. He was coached in high school by his father, the 7-time all-star and 4-time Gold Glove winner himself. Last season, his St. Thomas squad won the Texas 5A private school title with a Cavan Biggio home run proving the difference in the game. Biggio's announcement marks the second year in a row that O'Connor has pulled a commit from the Houston-area, an impressive feat; Clear Lake HS's Brandon Waddell will be on-Grounds this fall.
Right-handed pitcher Jack Roberts, out of James River in Midlothian, VA, also verbally committed this past weekend, choosing UVA over UNC, USC, and Vanderbilt. Though Roberts was injured for much of his junior high school season, he came back to pitch in the team's postseason run. He's also a part of the Richmond Braves amateur program, which produced Danny Hultzen, Austin Young, and Robert Morey. Braves co-founder Tommy Meyer had some glowing words, noting, "Coach Hacker and I have known Jack since he was 5 and he always wanted to throw the baseball harder than everyone else. It is no surprise that Jack has grown up to become one of the nation's premier power arms in the 2013 class. He has the size, velocity, and pitchability to be a top pitcher in the ACC."
Welcome aboard to the new Hoos! Craig Biggio is a near-certain Hall of Famer and Will Roberts has a perfect game under his belt...so no pressure, guys!