June 6, 2013
Phillies select former Granite Bay standout in second round

Andrew Knapp credits his father for helping him find the way in baseball.

Mike Knapp was a pretty good catcher in his day.

He played at Mira Loma, Sacramento City College and Cal before becoming a 15th round draft pick of the California Angels. He played 11 seasons in the minor leagues, seven at the AAA level, but never made it to the Major Leagues.

But now his son may have the chance - and at the same position as Dad.

The former Granite Bay star, a junior at Cal, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 53rd pick in the second round of Thursday's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

The 21-year-old Knapp was the only area player selected in the first two rounds, 73 selections in all, on the first day. The draft continues today with rounds three through 10.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Knapp is a switch hitter who batted .350, third in the Pac-12, with a team-high 16 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBIs this season. He was selected a first-team Preseason All-American by Baseball America and was named All-Pacific-12.

Upon graduation from Granite Bay High School, Knapp was selected in the 42nd round by the Oakland A's but chose to attend Cal instead.

As a junior at Granite Bay, Knapp batted .500 with six home runs and 37 RBIs and was named Maxpreps.com's 2009 Junior Player of the Year. He hit .315 as a senior in helping the Grizzlies win the Sierra Foothill League championship.

Knapp also was a standout defensive back for the Granite Bay football team and had five interceptions his senior year.

His younger brother, Aaron, also a football-baseball standout at Granite Bay, will play baseball at Cal, too.

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