Cubs draft Wayne Gretzky's son

Updated: June 7, 2011, 8:58 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Cubs drafted the son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky in the seventh round of the baseball draft on Tuesday.

Trevor Gretzky, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound first baseman at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif., was drafted with the 219th overall selection by the Cubs. Gretzky has committed to play baseball under Tony Gwynn at San Diego State.

"We were all sitting around the kitchen on the computer and listening to the radio," Gretzky said. "It was just awesome when we heard. I really didn't have any expectations. I'm so just so grateful I was picked."

Gretzky had only words of praise for the team that drafted him.

"It's just so surreal," he said. "I can't believe it's happened. It's a first-class organization. I've got a long way to go and I've got to work real hard. But this is so exciting."

Gretzky was limited to designated hitter duties as a senior because of a partial labral tear, an injury that presumably impacted his draft status.

MLB.com reported Gretzky worked out for the Cubs and Dodgers on Saturday in Arizona.

Wayne Gretzky was proud of his son's accomplishment.

"I mean it's really exciting. We are so proud of him," he said. "I could tell he was real nervous today. I told him it was different in the baseball draft. He handled it really well. And I told Trevor, 'I can't really relate. I was never drafted.' I tell you what though, when the Cubs GM called that was really exciting. There's still a lot of work ahead of him but this was a special day."

Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun was used in this report.