Johnny Manziel was selected by the San Diego Padres with the 837th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. He hasn’t played organized baseball since junior year in high school. While the reality of the situation was that of a publicity stunt by the Padres, this isn’t the first time that an NFL quarterback was drafted to play baseball. Here are other current NFL quarterbacks that have been selected in the MLB Draft.
Catcher, Montreal Expos: 18th Round (#507 overall) in 1995
A talented high-school catcher, Brady was drafted the summer before he attended the University of Michigan. Looks like the future Hall of Famer made the right decision to stick with baseball.
Outfielder, Colorado Rockies: 30th Round (#887 overall) in 2000
The Colorado Rockies drafted Vick in the 30th Round of the 2000 draft despite the fact that he had not played baseball since the eighth grade.
Pitcher, Chicago Cubs: 43rd Round (#1,310 overall) in 2009
Colin Kaepernick was a highly-touted baseball recruit out of high-school, but turned down many D-1 offers and the opportunity to sign with the Chicago Cubs in order to take the only football scholarship he was offered to play at the University of Nevada. He recently just signed a 6-year extension worth upwards of $100 million dollars.
Second Baseman/Outfielder, Chicago Cubs: 41st Round (#1,222 overall) in 2007
Second Baseman/Outfielder, Colorado Rockies: 4th Round (#140 overall) in 2010
Russell Wilson was drafted twice (once out of high school and once after college) and played baseball at NC State from 2008-2010. During the summer of 2011, he played 61 games with the Asheville Tourists, a Single-A affiliate of the Rockies. After he pursued an NFL career, which was clearly the right move, he was acquired by the Texas Rangers in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft in December of 2013.
Pitcher, New York Yankees: 2nd Round (#71 overall) in 2002
Weeden actually played minor league baseball after he was drafted in 2002, before going to Oklahoma State to play football. He appeared in 108 games, mostly in Class-A, racking up a 5.02 ERA in 374.1 innings pitched. He had 344 strikeouts in those innings.
Outfielder, Los Angeles Angels: 40th Round (#1,212 overall) in 2006
Outfielder, Los Angeles Angels: 10th Round (#321 overall) in 2009
Locker was a standout pitcher and outfielder in high school and the Angels made two attempts at drafting him, once after high school in 2006 and again in 2009.
Pitcher, Oakland A’s: 36th round (#1087 overall) in 2004
Cassel was on the Northridge, California Little League team in 1994 that reached the finals of the Little League World Series. He was a standout pitcher in high school and played one season at USC before he was drafted by the Oakland A’s in 2004.
It seems as though the majority of these athletic dual-sport talents made the right decision and chose the gridiron over the diamond.
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