Andrew Knapp credits his father for helping him find the way in baseball. Mike Knapp was a pretty good catcher in his day.
Dad played at Mira Loma High School, Sacramento City College and Cal before the California Angels drafted him in the 15th round. He played 11 seasons in the minor leagues, seven in Triple A, but didn't reach the major leagues.
But now his son may have the chance and at the same position as Dad. The former Granite Bay High star, a junior at Cal, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round, 53rd overall, of Thursday's Major League Baseball draft.
Knapp, 21, 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 3 through 10.
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound switch hitter led Cal with a .350 batting average (third in the Pacific-12 Conference), 16 doubles and 41 RBIs and tied for the team lead with eight home runs in 2013. He was selected a first-team Preseason All-American by Baseball America and was named first-team All-Pac-12.
Upon graduation from Granite Bay, Knapp was selected in the 42nd round by the 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 in California. He hit .315 as a senior, helping the Grizzlies win the Sierra Foothill League championship. Knapp also was a standout defensive back for the Granite Bay football team, intercepting five passes as a senior.
His younger brother, Aaron, also a football-baseball standout at Granite Bay, will play baseball at Cal, too, as a freshman next season.
Call The Bee's Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.